10/28/2015 15:54 EDT | Updated 10/28/2016 01:12 EDT

B.C. court tosses mother's concerns over review into visits given to abusive dad

VANCOUVER — A government-led review of the actions of British Columbia social workers who granted visits to a father who had sexually abused his four children will take place against the wishes of their mother.

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed the mother's application to stop the internal review over her concerns that the process is flawed and that government can't be trusted.

The province appointed former civil servant Bob Plecas in July to lead the review in the wake of a scathing B.C. Supreme Court ruling released earlier this year.

Justice Paul Walker found that social workers knowingly violated a court order banning the father from unsupervised visits, allowing him to assault the children.

The court heard that the social workers labelled the mother as crazy and discounted her tearful efforts to convince them that her children had been sexually abused by their father.

In rejecting the application, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson ruled that the review would not undermine the earlier court decision that recommended the mother be granted sole custody of her children.

The Canadian Press