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In the Sunday Telegraph Today

Quis custodiet ipsos custodies
A proposal to take a newborn baby into care in Calderdale

The first of the stories is important. It recognises that the people investigating the public family law system are those who do not wish to recognise errors in it because they are responsible for errors.

What is actually needed is a review that looks at a wide range of cases and what is done in other countries. It is true that we cannot prevent all deaths. However, we should be looking at what is the better approach. Much that the current system causes a mass of misery for both children and parents (and the extended family) I contend that it actually fails to prevent the more serious cases of abuse that result in death - that could be prevented.

In itself by making mothers and fathers frightened of the system we end up with support services that people are frightened of talking to. That is not good.

The second story is one of many where the allegations of potential emotional abuse give rise to a child being removed from its family for ever.

Comments

moira said…
In itself by making mothers and fathers frightened of the system we end up with support services that people are frightened of talking to. That is not good.QUOTE

This needs to be addressed. Frequently Social services use the fact that parents have been abused by them to justify further abuse,by saying the child may be at risk as the parent will not use social services again.
This has actually been used in court against people.
The logic SS use is warped and unfair.Parents are damned whatever they do.

I know a parent,who has never abused her children,but bullied and abused into complying with their demands.After this the social worker said "we have to find out what support you need!"Support is the last thing this person has received!

Unfortunately the word support is being used to mean observation by SS to comply with their demands.
These families are crying with their children at night,as they are so frightened of social services.
The truth is,its frightening how social services can make a case out of nothing and how easy it is to get to court.
Half of parents who put their children in voluntary care do not get them back.Even when they are assured "we keep families together." So how can parents ask for any respite,thinking a short break is good for the family,when they realise that they may have a court battle to get them back!
Parents are punished for asking for help and treated as though they are incompetent or suspect.

Social services are now regarded as a social police force by families and not an organisation that does anything positive to help.

This fear is driving parents abroad where foreign social services are much more caring and supportive.Where strong evidence is needed to obtain orders and not the weak threshold criteria that Britain uses.
A barrister tole me you don't need threshold evidence of significant harm to gain an interim care order. The court can gain one on the basis of a social worker saying it is in the child's best interests.
Therefore if you are unfortunate to get a malicious and incompetent social worker then your family is doomed.

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