Report Finds Children Are Unnecessarily Removed From Parents

|”Anne Neale, one of the report’s authors, said: “Charges of neglect are used to punish, especially single-mother families, for their unbearably low incomes.

“The fundamental relationship between mother and child is dismissed as irrelevant to a child’s wellbeing and development, and the trauma of separation, and its lifelong consequences, are ignored.

“Mothers who are victims of domestic violence are refused help, blamed for ‘failing to protect’ their children, and punished with their removal.””

Researching Reform

Whilst this is something we write about often on the blog and campaign passionately on, it is wonderful to see other organisations working to highlight poor policy especially in relation to children being removed from parents when better alternatives exist.

A new report by Legal Action For Women says that children are increasingly being removed from single parent families due to poverty and that mothers who actively come forward for help to improve their situations are finding their children are being taken from them instead. It also raises concerns over the ‘secrecy’ of family courts which prevent mothers from openly talking about their cases.

Dr Andy Bilson, who is emeritus professor of social work at the University of Lancashire, has been looking carefully at adoption data and concludes that the steep rise in care applications has less to do with an awareness of, or rise in incidents of neglect and more…

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But what does open justice actually mean? – Judith Townend

“At a time when the government is investing over £700 million in courts modernisation, there is a great opportunity for improving public scrutiny and understanding of the courts. At the same time, the judiciary and courts service need to properly consider how personal data generated in the courts process should be digitised and disseminated through global media platforms.”

Inforrm's Blog

clip_image002The notion that justice must be seen to be done needs little introduction to either a lay or legal audience,  but its familiarity belies an underlying complexity. See, for example,  PNM v Times Newspapers, heard by the Supreme Court this week.

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Homecoming – Helping the Reunited Child

” The child enters a psychological space at this juncture, in which he is unable to locate any of those feelings, allowing him to fully and completely, join the delusional belief of the alienating parent that his rejection is justified. When the child has entered this place, anything goes in terms of allegations, projections, delusional beliefs and more, because the normal regulatory feelings are completely removed from consciousness. Instead of these healthy responses, a self righteous anger appears which can make a child appear to be completely without guilt. Sadly, though the outward appearance is such, the repression of those normal feelings does not actually wash them away but instead swallows up a whole lot of emotional and psychological energy in keeping them out of the conscious mind.”

Karen Woodall

This weekend I begin a new project called Homecoming.  This is an exciting piece of work for me because it is based upon my practice with alienated children who are reunited with a once rejected parent. As such it is a close look at the needs of children who move from the psychologically split state of mind through to full recovery. It is a journey which I share with the children that I work with and this project, brings to the surface those hidden challenges that children face as they move towards restoration of health.  My intention in developing this project, is to provide for practitioners and for parents, those insights, tools and skills which help children in these circumstances.  For children, I hope to give voice to the harm that they suffer and their struggle to find balance and peace in their world. For the wider world I hope…

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Reply to Roger Scruton’s conservative view on rights

“My favourite discrimination is that which the zebra-crossing creates for the pedestrian over the otherwise all-powerful (subject to regulation by speed limits, taxation etc etc: yes I know…). For me the car is the supreme exemplar of Toryism and selfishness; and for any pedestrian, moving along at 3/4 mph, to be able to step out in front of and momentarily control the car driver is a true freedom. In Scruton’s terms, I think, it would be an example of outrageous, and unjustifiable, discrimination.”


Freedoms and claim-rights

Sir Roger Scruton’s essay on How do we decide which human rights should be protected in law is published as a blog at . I plan a longer reply in relation to human rights and family law generally. In the meantime the following is developed slightly from my comment on the host blog site.

Scruton is introduced as ‘the country’s leading conservative philosopher and thinker’. This may be an ambitious claim; but it is not the purpose of this note to deny it. It is fair to ask: why do we have to ‘decide rights to be protected’; but space prevents an answer to that, perhaps the real question. And, in any event, Scruton does not answer it. He merely tells us what he considers to be rights and – though these are part of the thinking behind European Convention 1950 – what are not, in…

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Transparency Project: Family Court Reporting Watch – Weekly Round-Up

“Media Reports of Family Courts Case and Family Justice Issues

Media reports we found notably balanced, accurate or otherwise helpful to transparency this week

Joanna Moorhead wrote in the Daily Mail about one couple’s experience of adopting through the Coram concurrent planning scheme in ‘Our maybe baby: A couple share their story of falling in love with an adopted baby they knew they might have to hand back’. The Coram concurrent planning scheme is a pioneering scheme running since 1999 not a revolutionary ‘new’ scheme, but the piece was otherwise accurate, realistic and sensitive to birth parents as well as adopters and children.
See Transparency Project discussion of several recent media portrayals of adopted children, including this one, if missed: Adoption Children: Demons or Angels?.
(And the Letter to the Times from the National Adoption and Fostering Service at the Maudsley Hospital on the harm to children from cuts to CAMHS in response to the Libby Purves piece on adoption in the Times).”

Inforrm's Blog

round-up-courtesy-flickr-lauri-heikkinen-1080x675The purpose of this update is to correct, clarify and comment on media reports of family court cases, to explain and comment on published Judgments of family cases and to highlight other transparency news.

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The Fine Tuning of the Universe and the Existence of God

Holy Spirit Activism

Scientifically speaking, why the universe exists and why it looks like what it looks like is still a mystery. We don’t know why anything exists rather than nothing, or why energy-matter works as it does. Furthermore, there is still no explanation to why the universe’s force constants are as they are.

Christian apologist William Lane Craig, among others, talk about the universe being fine tuned for life, planets, stars and even atoms to exist, as you can see in the video above. The cosmological constant, Λ, has a value of approximately 10−122, and if this would change by less than a trillion’s trillionth of a percent, the universe would either be sucked back into a black hole right after big bang or disparse so quickly that stars would never form.

Leonard Susskind, professor of theoretical physics at Stanford, explain the fine tuning of the universe in more…

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London: Israeli embassy scandal

“On January 9, Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported that Israeli officials insist matter is closed after public and private apologies to Deputy Foreign Officer Minister Sir Alan Duncan and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and with Shai Mascot fired and sent home.

Interestingly, Boris Johnson has Turkish Jewish family roots. Sir Alan Duncan, though supports Israel, but is against Jewish Lobby in the country. He had claimed in the past that United State is controlled by Israel lobbing groups.

“We want Jewish people becoming involved in politics. We need British Jews for the Conservative, Labour, or other UK parties – but not the Israeli lobby for any party,” Sir Alan Duncan said.”

Rehmat's World

Britain’s current prime minister Theresa May is a staunch ally of the Zionist entity. So was her predecessors David Cameron, and Tony Blair, a war criminal.

Last month, Theresa May slammed US secretary of state John Kerry over a speech in which he criticized the Zionist regime.

In October 2016, Theresa May blasted opposition Labour Party calling it a Party of Antisemites. May’s Labour problem is not with the party but with its leader Jeremy Corbyn, who claims that Israel will never live in peace unless it negotiate with democratically-elected of Hamas in good faith.

Since the rise of Corbyn, the Israeli embassy in London has joined with country’s powerful Jewish lobbying groups to target British lawmakers who ever dared to criticize in their political career. In June 2016, the Labour Friends of Palestine MP Helen Joanne ‘Jo’ Cox, 42, was stabbed and shot to…

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#ConflictOfInterest #IsraelLobby P1: Young Friends of #Israel

January 10, 2017 In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. We expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups, including the National Union of Students, whose president faces a smear campaign coordinated by her own deputy and supported by the Israel Embassy. CORRECTION: At […]

via The Lobby P1: Young Friends of Israel — Aletho News

The True Cost of Pursuing Child Contact Through the Courts

“To conclude, the emotional and financial costs of pursuing child contact through the courts are incredibly high. This is the harsh reality of parental alienation and a biased and ineffective legal system.”

Peace Not Pas

All too often, in the breakdown of a relationship, one person may have reached that decision before the other and may have delayed dealing with any considered change in the interests of the children. When it is finally communicated to the other partner, it is often seen as a ‘bolt out of the blue’. Fear, mistrust, grief and anger follow very quickly. This in turn sets the scene for a potential ‘high-conflict’ separation and subsequent custody battle.

The existence of parental alienation is all too often present in such battles, and the conflicts that begin to  unfold both in and out of the court room are an overwhelming and life altering event for all concerned.

At court a ‘best interests of the children’ standard will be applied, that at best, is incredibly vague and indeterminate. ‘Alienating behaviours’ may be quoted in social services reports however within the legal system, both in and out of the court room…

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Women QCs: a quick look at the data

Perhaps in terms of gender equality, these graphics indicate the stark and persistent differences between the variables: fair, equal and same, which linger on, even today.

Lawyer Watch

The MoJ’s press release on recent QC appointments says this, “More female and black and minority ethnic candidates have been appointed Queen’s Counsel than ever before.” And the QC appointments panel data says this, “We are pleased that the number of women applying and being successful continues to rise, and that the proportion of women amongst those appointed is at its highest level ever.” (see the press release on its site).

So it is worth pointing out the following.

The year the most women were appointed as QCs in absolute terms was in 2006 (there were 68 compared with this year’s 56). You can see the graph of the data here.


And in terms of the proportion of women applicants,  66% of women applicants succeeded in 2011/12 whereas this year it was 55%. Another picture…


And if we turn to the data that the press departments want us to focus on…

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