Greater Manchester Police have visited Kathryn Crook’s property twice to find out whether Charlotte, 12, was there after testing positive for Covid.
She claims her child was “petrified” as officers showed up at their door, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The mom, 45, now wants Rochdale police and public health chiefs to apologize.
Officers showed up at the Middleton family home on Sunday and asked to speak to the child directly, before asking her mother if she had isolated herself, Kathryn said.
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She continued, “They didn’t want to tell me and my husband why they wanted to talk to my daughter.
“I again suggested that she was only 12 and as a mom I should be the one they should talk to.
“My daughter at the time was standing behind me, crouching, thinking she had done something wrong and was petrified.
“The policewoman standing at our door then yelled at my daughter to verify that she had been isolated.
“I spent Monday trying to find out why this happened only when Rochdale’s public health department said they had authorized it. “
Kathryn then wrote to her MP Chris Clarkson to express her concern and her office is currently investigating the visits.
She continued, “On Monday we also received a letter to our daughter from Rochdale City Council stating that she needs to urgently contact them regarding her isolation.
“I called the phone line and they said it was standard practice, even though the flyer sounded like it was intended for an adult. I was also told that the person who signed it was no longer working there.
“Yesterday evening (Monday June 12), we settled in and just after 9 pm, there was a knock on the door.
“It was the police again, this time in a riot van coming to ‘check’ again that my daughter was isolating herself.
“My husband and I were so annoyed by this. The neighbors had also seen all of this and came out to show us their support.
“They could see what had happened and a riot van on the street is a bit too much.
“This time, however, the policeman was polite and much more open than the two who had been the night before.
“It was terribly upsetting for my daughter again and she collapsed again thinking the police were going to arrest her.
“I have since spoken to the Rochdale Council public health specialist who blamed NHS Test and Trace for all of this and said that if I had said we were all isolating the question would not have ended up in this. “
Kathryn says her daughter, a student at Oldham’s Blue Coat School, is isolating herself and working from home since her positive PCR test on July 4.
She was due out of solitary confinement on July 14.
“I got the call from the NHS Test and Trace on July 5,” said Kathryn.
“They were asking for my daughter. I explained to them that we had used my phone number for the test recording and asked them what they wanted because I was his mother.
“They said they wanted to speak to him, and when I asked them if the data provided would be anonymous, they said they couldn’t guarantee that his details would not be passed on to contacts.
“At this point I said I didn’t agree to her data being used as she is only 12 years old and a minor. “
Kathryn, who is a placement officer at Tameside College, said: “The behavior of the NHS Test and Trace, Rochdale public health workers and BPF has been completely inappropriate and heavy-handed.
“My daughter completely collapsed, thinking she was going to be arrested anytime. “
Kathryn and her husband Anthony, 47, have now received an email from Rochdale Council, which reads: “Thank you for your time this morning. Our apologies for the delayed email.
“As a result of our conversation, I just wanted to confirm that we have now closed your daughter’s file and that no further contact will be made with your daughter or your family.
“Thank you again for confirming that you have been in segregation for the said 10 day period.
“As requested, please see the details of our local single point of contact for Covid19 and the national testing and tracing team if you would like to get in touch. “
A spokesperson for Rochdale council said: “When the national follow-up and traceability team are unable to contact someone to confirm the isolation, the details are passed on to the councils to be dealt with locally.
“It is important that people fulfill their legal obligation to isolate themselves so that other people are protected from the virus.
“By talking to people who are isolating themselves, we are also able to establish if they need any support, such as food purchases, so it is really beneficial for people to engage in the tracking system. and traceability.
“We spoke directly with the family and offered our support. “
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘The process undertaken with the NHS Track and Trace service is generally not led by GMP unless there is a violation.
“This means the local authority will be contacted first if someone has not responded to calls made by the NHS to check if they are self-isolating as required.
“By working in partnership with the community, the police will then be invited to come forward because there have been unanswered calls and a suspected failure to carry out checks and issue a flat-rate penalty notice if necessary.
“Any engagement will be made directly with the person who has been asked to self-isolate.
“In this case, when an officer showed up on Monday evening, we established that the solitary confinement request had been met and the officer was satisfied that the initial NHS request had been met.
“These checks are also carried out for welfare reasons, as having to self-isolate could prevent a person from obtaining food or essential items, so it is important that they are prosecuted in accordance with national guidelines. . “