In the Sunday Telegraph Today
Quis custodiet ipsos custodiesA 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.