Why The British Government Won’t Apologise For Forced Adoption

Adoption/foster care placements, like hospital beds, are a valuable communal resource which must strictly be allocated by objective clinical need. The policy of forcible child removal (fed by dishonest anti-social work reporting, rubber-stamped at Court) is intrinsically undemocratic hence a very expensive stain on society which itself needs abolishing immediately.
“The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” – Stephen King

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When MP for Wirral South Alison McGovern, decided to try to get an apology from the British government for its forced adoption policies in the 1960s, she didn’t realise that what she was asking for would place the government in an impossible position.

At a debate she hosted on 12th July, McGovern asked the Children and Families Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, to offer a formal apology to women who had had their babies forcibly removed from them at birth, under a policy which considered single women to be unfit mothers. Zahawi never offered an apology, and didn’t confirm that he would take the request up to the Prime Minister to try to get a national apology on the practice, which other countries like Australia had already done.

Australia is often ahead of the curve and ahead of the UK when it comes to child protection. In 2013, the then Australian Prime…

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2011-2012 Issy in her National Autistic School 48 bruises, impaction.

You persevered and, despite the heavy costs, ultimately triumphed.
Inspirational.
“The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” – Stephen King

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The 18 month investigation by NHS England via a bespoke supposedly ‘independent’ paid by NHS England Company produced a report saying noone was to blame for Thomas’s horrific abuse and death, proving there is no accountability for the millions spent on the corporate residential ‘care’ of the learning disabled and autistic. Also proving that they will continue to die and suffer .
My own daughter as shown below suffered horrendous abuse from which she will never recover.
Physical with two untreated impaction one used as an excuse for £177,000 a year NAS residential school placement. Bites from other residence , 48 bruises, emotional abuse from a care worker still repeated today.
Meanwhile we her loving parents trying to cure all this abuse were cast as abusers and at 18 after several attempts with spying support workers including a fabricated assault we were hauled to court and gagged. Issy to be…

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Stopping the IHRA definition is critical

“We should all unite in polite, civil, but firm rejection of it.

Reject conflation. Reject confusion.

Jeremy Corbyn, a respected and trusted defender of the oppressed, made a mistake when he endorsed IHRA. His political opponents are using it against him. When in a hole stop digging.”

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Everyone: stopping the IHRA 39-word pseudo-definition of antisemitism (examples don’t matter) is critical.

1) the IHRA content changes previous well-understood notions of antisemitism found in the dictionary and includes BILLIONS of people as antisemites, even Jeremy Corbyn and loads of people who wouldn’t normally qualify as AS.

EXAMPLE:

“The Israeli settlements are illegal,” qualifies as, “a certain perception of Jews that MAY be expressed as hatred towards Jews and has been directed at individuals and Jewish community institutions.” That statement among many many others is therefore AS under the IHRA text. And anyone who believes it.

See the problem? This is just one example.

2) It’s not definite (it never identifies the specific “a certain perception” it refers to) so it’s not a definition.

3) It’s not legally binding so it’s not fit for purpose as part of a legally binding code of conduct.

4)…

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US Acadia Group pay 1.28bn for The Priory Group .NHS billons on Behavioural services feed USA Venture Capital Profit.

“The system is fed by no support in parent’s home due to LA cuts, but this is just the excuse, for a policy that feeds venture capital regardless of its service.

The rest of this lucrative behavioural industry is also privately owned by United Health Services who own Cygnet Hospitals and Cambian Group including NHS CAMHS groups. UHS previous executive was Simon Stevens who now heads NHS England which controls all CCG funding.

As we have seen there are no independent or indeed any investigations into service user deaths and even when there are and they last 18 months like Thomas Rawnsley’s death all is whitewashed and does not affect the service provider so there is no accountability as shown by recent death reviews for all our NHS billions.”

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US Acadia, bought the Priory Group for 1.28 bn last year and now owns half of all mental/behavioural services in England..

95% of The Priory Group income is now public money.In 2015/16 it received over 250 million of NHS funds.

Joey Jacobs owns Acadia Behavioural Healthcare Services and earned 8,241,847 dollars in salary, bonus and shares in 2014.

Tom Riall, Formally chief executive of Serco, with all its known financial scandals, was made CO of the Priory Group and is also a Director of 166 other learning disability companies including the Affinity Trust now Affinity Group and effectively controls most mentally disabled residential groups. His net worth is 1.66 billion

Due to five formal notices served by Coroners because of deaths in the Priory Group Riall moved on to My Dentist.

Does this sound like a cash strapped NHS ?? no it is a bonanza for private venture capital .

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Cui bono?
Foxes running the henhouse can hardly be objective!
“Do be careful with this research. While some of the observations are sound, the conclusions are not, including the view that courts are issuing supervision orders rather than adoption orders because they are under pressure both in terms of time and resources. There is also a clear push by the research team to increase adoption orders, which is underlined by their view that adoption is the best way forward in cases where orders break down. We know from scientific evidence and research that this is not always the case, and that more often than not, parents can, with proper support, love and care for their children very well.”

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Research

A new study suggests that child protection cases where children are being returned to their parents, are breaking down in the long term. The researchers at East Anglia University’s school of social work make the claims in their latest report, which is part of a series of papers looking at reforming the care system. 

The research was produced to offer insight into how two high profile cases (re B and re B-S), have impacted child protection cases. The two cases have made it much harder for councils to push adoption orders through.

The report takes the view that the family courts and councils are increasing their use of supervision orders and Special Guardianship Orders in order to meet timescales and fend off austerity measures. The stats in the report suggest that within the time periods they examined, 25% of supervision orders were unsuccessful in the long run. Jonathan Dickens, who…

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#Discrimination: #UN’s ‘human catastrophe’ rights expert to deliver high-profile #UK lecture

UN’s ‘human catastrophe’ rights expert to deliver high-profile UK lecture   | DISABILITY NEWS SERVICE | 9 August 2018

Theresia Degener sits, talking, behind a name plate saying T Degener

The UN expert who told the government that its cuts to disabled people’s support had caused a “human catastrophe” is to visit the UK this autumn to deliver a high-profile lecture on disability rights.

Theresia Degener, the professor of law and disability studies who chairs the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities, will deliver the first Caroline Gooding Memorial Lecture at the University of Leeds in October.

Last August, Degener (pictured) told the UK government’s delegation – during a public examination of its progress on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused “a human catastrophe” which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.

She later gave an interview with the BBC – which was not broadcast – in which she warned that the portrayal of disabled people by the UK government and media as “parasites” who live on benefits could put them at risk of violence, and even “killings and euthanasia”.

The annual lecture was set up as a memorial to the equality consultant and author Caroline Gooding, who played a leading role in securing improvements to disability rights legislation as a member of the Disability Rights Taskforce.

Gooding was later director of legislative change at the Disability Rights Commission throughout its eight years. She died in July 2014.

The lecture will be hosted by the university’s renowned Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) and its Centre for Law and Social Justice, and will take place on 3 October.

Professor Anna Lawson, director of CDS and co-ordinator of the university’s Disability Law Hub, said she and fellow organisers were “delighted” that Degener was able to accept the invitation to deliver the lecture.

She said: “She is a disabled woman who, like Caroline, has made it her life’s work to push for disability equality and inclusion using the law.

“As chair of the CRPD committee, she occupies what is one of the most influential positions in disability rights globally.

“The fact that her committee has recently reviewed and made recommendations to the UK on its implementation of the CRPD makes the timing particularly good.

“Theresia also knew and admired Caroline and her work.”

She said the lecture would not be focused specifically on the UK but would be “relevant to all countries that have ratified the CRPD, including the UK”.

Lawson said there would be questions and discussion after the lecture, while there are hopes that the event will be live-streamed.

Degener will lecture on “inclusive equality”, a concept introduced by the UN committee through a “general comment” in March and which it hopes can be used to help implement CRPD.

Inclusive equality, the general comment says, argues for redistribution to address socioeconomic disadvantage, and attempts to combat “stigma, stereotyping, prejudice and violence” and recognize the “dignity of human beings and their intersectionality”.

It also recognises the importance of including different social groups in society, but also the need to “make space for difference as a matter of human dignity”.

In the general comment on article five of the convention – on equality and non-discrimination – the committee warns that countries are still approaching disability through charity and medical models, which fail to fully acknowledge disabled people’s rights.

It also warns that the laws and policies of many countries “perpetuate the exclusion and isolation of and discrimination and violence” against disabled people, and that they are often “imperfect and incomplete or ineffective” or “reflect an inadequate understanding of the human rights model of disability”.

In the BBC interview, Degener explained that, compared to other countries with “less economic power” and less advanced equality and discrimination legislation, the UK’s austerity policy was “less human rights oriented”, so that “UK appears to be a strong country when it comes to equal rights but a very, very weak country with relation to economic, social and culture rights”.

She also said the UK’s record on disability rights was “going backwards in a pace and to an amount that it worries us a lot” and that the evidence in front of the committee was “overwhelming”.

The general comment also says that disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) must “play a central role in the development of legal and policy reforms”, including the response to the prejudice faced by disabled people seen as being “a burden on society”.

The committee’s concluding observations, which followed its public examination of the UK’s progress in implementing the convention last August, called on the government to do more to include DPOs in planning and implementing polices affecting disabled people.

Degener was not available this week to comment on her plans for the lecture.

 

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#UK #Discrimination: #MPs launch probe into enforcement of #Equality_Act!

MPs launch probe into enforcement of Equality ActMPs launch probe into enforcement of Equality Act  | DISABILITY NEWS SERVICE | 2 August 2018

The Houses of Parliament

A committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into the difficulties faced by disabled people and other protected groups who need to enforce their rights under the Equality Act.

The Commons women and equalities committee said it was concerned that the 2010 act “creates an unfair burden” on individuals who want to enforce their right not to be discriminated against, for example by having to take their own legal cases through employment tribunals and county courts.

Among previous inquiries by the committee that raised concerns about enforcement of the act was an investigation into disability and the built environment, which concluded earlier this year that the burden of ensuring an accessible environment “falls too heavily at present on individual disabled people”.

This was also a concern raised two years ago during an inquiry by a House of Lords committee into how the act protected disabled people from discrimination.

Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the disabled president of the Liberal Democrats, who sat on the Lords committee, said this week that the government’s response to its findings had been “woeful” and “shameful”.

She highlighted the government’s delays in acting to protect the rights of wheelchair-users to priority use of the wheelchair space on buses, despite a Supreme Court ruling in January 2017.

Baroness Brinton said the delays in implementing that ruling showed that “procrastination is the order of the day, and in the meantime the lives of disabled people are just getting harder and harder”.

She said: “The bus regulations are very easy to remedy. The Supreme Court even said what [the government]can do and we are now 18 months on and they have not lifted a finger, and it just shows they do not care.”

She said that Brexit was often the excuse for the government’s failure to act, with many civil servants moving from other departments to the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Baroness Brinton said: “Brexit is the excuse for not doing anything at all at the moment.

“When they want to they can do it, but they choose not to. That says more about the government’s attitude to disabled people than anything else.”

She said that the women and equalities committee’s new inquiry into enforcement of the Equality Act was “very good news” because there were “so many gaping holes”.

Disabled campaigners including Doug Paulley, who took the bus wheelchair space case to the Supreme Court, have repeatedly highlighted the flaws in the Equality Act which mean that disabled people have to take legal action themselves if they are discriminated against.

Paulley has said that these flaws mean the act is “effectively unenforceable by 99.9 per cent of disabled people”.

Catherine Casserley, who has practised discrimination law for more than 20 years in law centres, for the former Disability Rights Commission, and currently as a barrister with Cloisterswarned two years ago that disabled people had “very significant problems” enforcing their rights under the Equality Act, with so many advice centres and law centres closing.

Among the areas the women and equalities committee will focus on in its inquiry are how easy it is for people to understand and enforce their rights under the act; how well enforcement action works as a way of achieving widescale change; and the effectiveness of the equality watchdog, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, as an enforcement body.

EHRC has previously said, in evidence to the Lords committee in 2015, that it is a “strategic regulator” and that it is the courts’ job to enforce the Equality Act, while its own tools “are not the tools of enforcement”.

But its new chair, David Isaac, has since said that he wants it to become “a more muscular regulator” and “support organisations and individuals to meet their equality and human rights obligations and, where necessary, help people enforce their rights”.

An EHRC spokeswoman said this week: “We welcome the opening of the inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act and look forward to working with the women and equalities committee to highlight our compliance work and legal successes, and to identify ways to increase the effectiveness of the Equality Act.”

Maria Miller, the Conservative MP who chairs the women and equalities committee, said: “Many of our inquiries inevitably focus on the problems with enforcement of equality legislation and critique the role of the EHRC.

“This inquiry will provide the opportunity for a more systematic review of the causes and identify possible solutions.

“We want to look at whether the Equality Act creates an unfair burden on individual people to enforce their right not to be discriminated against.”

Written evidence to the inquiry can be submitted through the committee’s website. The deadline for submissions is 5 October 2018.

 

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Clearing your name: the devil is in the detail – Alistair Parker

“Does an innocent suspect / wrongly accused person have an alternative solution?

There are also powers under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 to apply to the Chief of Police for the deletion of their Police National Computer record. Within the criteria for this, “No Crime”, “Alibi” and “Public Interest” are all grounds for getting the record deleted. The Chief Constable needs to be satisfied on the balance of probabilities, the lower civil standard. These powers are often overlooked, and will perhaps now become far more important. A police refusal to delete could then also be the subject of a judicial review, of course.

In this way, a preferable option is to apply for outright deletion under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, although the required criteria will prove difficult in cases that reached trial and turned on the credibility of witnesses.”

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Statistically, most people charged with criminal offences are guilty as charged. In fact, the vast majority either plead ‘guilty’ of their own volition, or are found guilty at trial and are sentenced. Quite apart from the sentencing, there are rules about how long those convictions remain ‘live’ (meaning they must be disclosed to potential employers).

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FUNDING UK’S CORRUPT LOCAL AUTHORITIES’ FORCED ADOPTION POT!

“Local authorities must be prosecuted for their criminal breach of public trust and unscrupulous malfeasance.”

HUMANS 4 HUMAN RIGHTS

Exploiting the dubious cryptic projection “Risk of Future Emotional Harm”, DISREGARDING INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS, UK’s corrupt local authorities FORCIBLY REMOVED, i.e. ABDUCTED, 1,860 UK Children from their BIRTH PARENTS in 2017 placing them for FORCED ADOPTIONS.

These criminally executed human rights violations and abuses have been a long-standing procedure for local authorities to guarantee their job security and financial profits in the United Kingdom.

It is nothing less than Westminster’s criminal NANNY STATE sanctioned CHILD KIDNAPPING to permit local authorities’ Social Services Child Protection to meet FINANCIAL TARGETS. Aside from seducing Social Workers to meet set targets of FORCED ADOPTIONS with tempting incentives, it is no longer secret that UK Taxpayers’ hard-earned taxes help finance UK’s local authorities’ MILLIONS OF POUNDS FORCED ADOPTION budgets. There is no significant money nor financial bonuses for Social Workers to HELP THE FAMILY UNIT STAY TOGETHER.

UK’s Social Services Child Protection are NOT working…

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MP Calls For Government Review Of CAFCASS

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A debate in the House of Commons which took place on 18th July, has led to an MP calling for a government review into child welfare body, CAFCASS.

The discussion comes after a petition on website Change.org asking the government to investigate CAFCASS policy, family court transparency and training for child welfare professionals, amassed over 116,000 signatures.

Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips, hosted the debate, which looked at ways in which the government could protect victims of domestic abuse in the family courts. Jess chose to focus on the cross examination of alleged victims of domestic violence by alleged and proven domestic abuse offenders and CAFCASS training.

During the discussion, Jess confirmed that she had received 199 pages of testimonials the morning of the debate, which she said contained around 10 to 13 testimonials on each page. She then read some of the testimonials out:

“CAFCASS is…

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