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Careful visiting the UK whilst pregnant. They just might take your baby for adoption.

This story in The Telegraph is a step beyond the normal abuses in the family courts (and court of protection). This was a pregnant mother visiting the UK for a training course lasting only two weeks. It ends up with her baby being taken through a forcible caesarean and then placed for adoption for the usual spurious reasons that are used.

Oddly enough last night I had another case of someone who was a foreign mother having her children taken for the system whilst she is deported. This is much like the case from which I highlighted a JR decision earlier this year. Mum was deported and the child kept.

The Italian case is one about which more will be heard. Also the one raised with me last night. The USA case is one which has had some attention.

In essence families count for nothing in the modern family court. The "best interests of the child" are "paramount" which means that what the social workers say goes. If a social worker does not say what the management want then the social worker can be fired as had happened. There is no independence in the system and family ties carry no substantial weight.

I did speak to Michael Gove about this on Wednesday. I do not think that he has this as an objective. It is clearly an unintentional consequence of the government policy of the last 12 years or so. It is, however, a real consequence and has to be brought to an end.

Additionally this video raises questions as to whether powers are being used to undermine demonstrations or appropriately. I am not opposed to fracking (we have use fracking for a long long time) However, I don't think child protection procedures should be used to stop people demonstrating. It is entirely possible that there is an appropriate use of powers, but it is also unlikely.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I came home last night after visiting a parent in prison having spent 8 hours on an assortment of trains . I was tired, angry and depressed.. After reading these latest reports I was even more angry and depressed.. What is happening in this country?
gayrobot said…
I am so pleased you are taking up this horrific case. I shall be writing to my MP about it. Social services are in an abysmal state.
gayrobot said…
Surely this must be a criminal offence: assault and battery, perhaps. I hope the Italian authorities take it up very vociferously.
Phoolan Devi said…
Please do not stop Mr Hemming.I heard you on BBC 5 live this morning and have linked it to UK Column.
Following this closely.
Thank you.
David Smart said…
Aghast...horrified...I can't find the words....
What in God's name is happening to our country, Mr Hemming?
This comments section should be exploding with comments, yet I'm only the 5th. in almost 24hrs.
Social Services' Management needs deep investigation.
I implore you not to be intimdated (and you will be) into 'letting this go...'.
Bellow this at Mr. Bercow, if you have to.
If Social Services get away with this, they can do anything in future.
Unbelievable...
rebecca biggs said…
please mr hemmings can you help us social services have put my grandson up for adpotion.without my dauhgters concent.they lied in acourt of law.also they took the baby away from the breast and forced my granon dson on the bottle.please help us to get the baby bk
rebecca biggs said…
this has happend to me and i want my baby back they tuck him at 3 days old they got a warrant to take my baby and i was me breast feeding him and locked him in the nursery so i couldnt go and feed him and they had sercuity gaurds to stop me from going in to feed my baby and they tuck blood from him with out even asking
Anonymous said…
I do hope this lady sues Essex Social services and the payout is huge. Nothing will stop this evil roller coaster otherwise.
Thanks for your committment in helping our fellow countrywoman. It's really remarkable. And I'm afraid Italian authorities won't do that much. Grazie :-)
Bodhipakkaya said…
Good luck Mr Hemming.
This case is truly eery.
It is good to know that you are supporting the rights of those affected by mental health issues.
I wish you well in your endeavour to support this unfortunate lady and her child.
You say that you are not against fracking because fracking has been used for decades now. That is probably true, but what is not usually reported - and with good reason - is that the technique they use now is vastly different to what was used then.

Listen and watch videos by Ian R Crane, there is a video called "the truth behind the dash for gas" which is available on utube, also look at videos that deal with the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, and the fracking effects in Queensland Australia.

Most people are sleepwalking into the fracking nightmare - when your water supplies are so toxic that you cannot even bathe in it, when the air that you breathe is causing you neurological damage it will be TOO LATE!!
This is the tip of the iceberg. Mental illness is whatever the "authorities" decide, even if you are suffering a reactive depression you are called mentally ill!! Normal responses to daily problems are now criminalised.

I wonder if the woman in question was also sterilised at the same time. Time will tell.
SlimySnail said…
I'd like to say I'm surprised and shocked and horrified at this, but sadly I'm not. I am a mother form the UK who has had her child stolen, social services are fully aware of the situation, they had a hand in it and because they have made their final decision, my rights or the rights of my child don't even matter. No one will help me. I hope you can help this woman, I hate to think of someone else being forcibly separated from their child through no fault of their own.
Milata said…
Saddened by this story although more discerningly, not shocked. What would be regarded as a blatant 'evil' in civilized society has become the 'norm' in the UK. Individuals within the process cannot be blamed for they are simply the cogs of the system. In most cases they escape impunity because they are 'just following orders'. Terrifyingly those 'orders' are fully legal because as things stand, they are acting within the law, the inner workings of the family courts shrouded in secrecy. Child protection services abroad are horrified by what occurs in the UK, we have reverted to medieval times perpetuated by kangaroo courts.
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