Sally Clark - It's still happening
The most important point to note from the press coverage relating to the miscarriage of justice relating to Sally Clark (and Angela Cannings, Ian and Angela Gay and the prosecutions of Trupti Patel and Marianne Williams) is that this is still going on.
Firstly, parents are being prosecuted because doctors don't know what happened. Or indeed because doctors do know, but want to point the finger in a different direction.
Secondly, there are still people in jail who should not be.
Thirdly, it is far far worse in the Family Courts than the Criminal Courts.
I have spent some time studying the different aspects of the systems of family justice. That has involved dealing with individual cases in court and elsewhere. Gradually it is possible to see a wider picture of what is happening.
The system is an almost total disaster. The story today in the Sunday Mercury about the way in which Birmingham's Social Services failed a child because they ignored the child's grandparents - in contravention of a court order - is another example.
Childrens' Services across the country make very bad parents. It is, therefore, wrong to give them responsibility for children unless the situation of the children is otherwise very bad.
People should really ask questions why those children brought up in care have difficulty dealing with social workers and often have their own children taken "into care". That is because many of them end up hating Social Services (now Children's Services). That means that they react very badly when Children's Services get involved.
There are good social workers, but there are plenty who don't really care about the children they are responsible for. Ofsted are replacing CSCI and their priorities will be orientated towards increasing the baby broking aspect of Children's Services.
The whole area is dominated by experts' reports frequently based upon assertion rather than evidence. The experts make a lot of money and a lot of misery is created - particularly for the children.