“The very welcome co-operation of the parents ? has continued.”
Sir James Munby
On their return he children were made wards of court but Mr Justice Munby said he would agree to revoke that order after hearing police were taking no action against the couple and social workers did not support care proceedings.
The judge said: “The very welcome co-operation of the parents … has continued.”
He added that a social worker’s report on the family said: “It is my assessment that the intervention of the state has been a wakeup call for this couple.
“It is my assessment that their current beliefs do not pose a risk or will compromise the safety of their children.
“[They] are good parents and they are able to care for all their children. I see no reason whatsoever to remove the children from their care.”
Sir James said: “Having regard to all that material, and all the other evidence before me, I had no hesitation in agreeing with the course proposed by the local authority, endorsed by the guardian and agreed by the parents. “
Sir James Munby Photo: BRIAN SMITH FOR THE TELEGRAPH
He lifted the wardship order on the children and allowed the family’s passports to be returned.
The judge also quoted from a submission to the court by the family which said they “wish to put the incident behind them and concentrate on being the best parents for their children.”
The family left the UK by ferry from Dover on April 7 without telling family or friends.
Their disappearance was not reported to the authorities for nine days.
All six of the family travelled on British passports and senior police officers said it was feared they were heading to Syria.