I am not allowed to speak with my child in Polish...

This does happen, albeit rarely. When some case managing social workers are unable to secure an interpreter for a contact session, occasionally decisions are made to go ahead with the meeting, but the parent is warned not to speak with the child in the language the supervisor does not understand. This is completely unacceptable. It flies in the face of all we know about children’s emotional development and sense of identity, especially during a very difficult time in the family’s life, which the child’s removal from parental care represents. Children and their parents have a right to speak their native language in contact situations and the local authority has a duty to enable it. Interpreters must be ensured where culturally competent contact supervisors we offer can not be accessed. It would be interesting to hear professional and parents’ feedback on their own thoughts on the matter.