Telephone me in France: 0033626875684 for free legal advice! Monday - Friday 9am-5pm when possible!Other times are ok if really urgent,but My wife says "PLEASE LEAVE HIM ALONE ON SUNDAY so he can have one day with his family !!" Remember to ASK me, and I will ring you straight back at my expense!(USUALLY THE SAME DAY)BETTER STILL If you give me a contact phone number from any country you like no matter where you live. (MOBILES ARE OK !) and TIMES available to receive a call I can phone you back AT A TIME WHEN I CAN AVOID CLASHES WITH OTHER PHONE CALLS also at my expense.(Use a public phone box if you do not wish to reveal your number).I do not accept attachments unless agreed beforehand as they are time consuming and may contain viruses;please use regular email or fax documents to 0033493220967.(This number is a fax line only and does NOT receive phone calls)For my replies, I type emails with one finger so in complicated cases I prefer where possible to telephone you as it takes a lot less time to advise you this way ! To send me details of your case in advance by all means email me at email@example.com.MY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS FREE AND I SHALL NEVER ASK YOU FOR MONEY FOR ANY REASON.
Every year thousands of parents who have committed no crimes are ruthlessly punished when they have their children removed for long term fostering or forced adoption by strangers.Are there any other cases in our British legal system where ordinary law abiding people are punished without having committed any crime? We don't know of any !
STOP ALL GAGGING ORDERS
Those who feel they have been unfairly treated by a UK court should be free to protest to the media.!Babies are taken at birth for "risk of emotional abuse"and their mothers are threatened with jail for breach of the privacy of their children if they protest in public .Children in care have laptops and mobiles confiscated to isolate them from family and friends .They are forbidden to report "abuse in care" to their parents
ABOLISH FORCED ADOPTION !
("Forced Adoption" =The adoption of babies against the will of the parents)They are never told where their children are or even if they are alive or dead.Parents who trace their children are often jailed if they speak,email,phone ,or send an Xmas card.Parents who have committed no crime are thus punished for the rest of their lives and many no longer wish to live at all !
The sad fact is that social workers snatch babies at birth for "forced adoption" by strangers.They do this to "protect" them from the "risk of emotional abuse" from hundreds of UK mothers who have not committed any crime !.Worse still, those mothers are forbidden to go to the media to protest and threatened with jail if they do ! All subsequent court proceedings leading to "forced adoption" are secret with jail for anybody rash enough to tell the public who appeared, what they said, or what was decided and why, in our so called "family courts" !
Here's a video of me explaining my position on forced adoption and the gagging of both parents and children .
1:-If you want to learn about the tyranny of social services and the family courts in the
UK READ ON !
2:-If social services are already bothering you or even threatening you CLICK ON ABOVE AND SKIP STRAIGHT TO THE GOLDEN RULES !
3:-If the "SS" have already taken your children or grandchildren skip straight to the golden rules and the list of contacts plus how to represent yourself ,then turn to the section "get your children back" and note the parts that apply in your case.
There are a lot of lunatics and fanatics on the "web".SO Please note that EVERY case I quote has appeared in a national newpaper and all the figures that I feature originate from statistics issued by government bodies or officially recognised government sponsored charities. I draw your attention to facts that are not disputed; though my theories on how we should deal with those facts certainly will be contested by outraged protests from those involved in the highly profitable "care" and "adoption" industries. !
Please note ,I am not a solicitor or barrister but I do have a law degree from Oxford University and advise hundreds of parents every year (free of charge) on how to fight and sometimes win against social services . Right or wrong,just as everyone is entitled to a lawyer to defend them ,everyone is entitled to advice and therefore I give it to any parent who consults me.
IMPORTANT:-I am a businessman with a language school in Monaco and a "home tuition" organisation operating in 30 different countries.See www.regencyschool.com and www.hli.co.uk!! The "SS" have never hurt me my family or my friends,but I hate injustice and hate even more the secret courts that steal children from loving parents.
I first encountered these courts as a Kent County Councillor in 1960-66 applying for the discharge of care orders on behalf of parents in court against my own Council(before the Children Act 1989 stopped lay advisors from doing this) and I never lost a case!(see "History" later on ) That is why I NEVER take any money from parents for expenses or anything else.
I often refund parents "travel expenses" so that PREGNANT women can escape to Ireland(no passports needed) and other European countries where there is NO FORCED ADOPTION.Whatever the facts of the case FORCED ADOPTION is always wrong so I will always help pregnant women to avoid having their babies snatched at birth to feed the ever greedy" adoption industry" When outraged lawyers,judges,and social workers accuse me of "meddling in complex family cases without knowing all the facts" My reply is to repeat once again that FORCED ADOPTION is always wrong no matter what the facts ."Emotional abuse "or worse still "risk of emotional abuse" are concepts met with incredulity on the continent and even when present can never be reason enough to confiscate children and send them for adoption by strangers.Please note I never send money in advance .I REFUND travel expenses to different European countries after the parent's arrival there, and after I have examined court documents,discussed the case with a parent, and been sent a copy of the receipt for travel expenses.
Forgive me if I repeat myself too often in this "exposé" of the "SS" and the family courts,but the average person simply cannot believe that such things happen in "democratic Britain".Well,believe me they do! Repetition is necessary to reinforce your belief ! I have found in practice that I HAVE TO REPEAT THE SAME TRUTHS AGAIN AND AGAIN BEFORE READERS REMEMBER THEM AND ACTUALLY BELIEVE THEM.That is why you will keep coming across the same reminders of the same appalling injustices many times at different points in this narrative.
Social workers often grumble that I only listen to one side of the story and that from parents who are not truthful.
That is why a very important point is that after I HAVE SEEN THE POSITION STATEMENT OF THE LOCAL AUTHORITY I START OFF BY ASSUMING EVERY FACT THE SS RELIES ON IS TRUE and then ask myself if even then it justifies breaking up a family or worse still forbidding parents from having any contact (face to face or indirect) whatever with their children under pain of imprisonment ! . The answer in the sort of cases above that I receive when parents contact me is nearly always NO !
If on the other hand I or a journalist like Christopher Booker ask the local authority for "their side" of the story in any forced adoption or fostering case their usual response is to rush off and apply to the court for an injunction forbidding any person from discussing or seeking information about the case from any source ! Not very encouraging for anyone trying to get both sides of the story !
25,000+ children in the UK are taken from their parents every year by UK secret family courts.Elderly people in large numbers are forcibly separated from relatives and put into expensive nursing homes by the secret Court of Protection.What is a democracy? It is surely a country allowing the right of its citizens to protest publicly if they feel oppressed by the State; Elections are no guarantee. Hitler was legally elected, but soon suppressed any public opposition or protest. In the UK secret family courts take newborn babies from their mothers for "risk of emotional abuse", give them for adoption to strangers, and JAIL any parent going to the media to protest! Similarly elderly folk are snatched from caring relatives by the court of "Protection", and put into expensive private nursing homes, their bank accounts are then looted and houses sold (ejecting their relatives) to pay the fees! If relatives protest to the media they too are JAILED.How democratic is that?
KEY POINTS Note: All of the comparisons below and in this document relate to 31 March of the year in question.
There were 68,110 looked after children at 31 March 2013, an increase of 2 per cent compared to 31 March 2012 and an increase of 12 per cent compared to 31 March 2009.
There were 28,830 children who started to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2013, an increase of 2 per cent from 2012 and an increase of 12 per cent from 2009.
There were 28,460 children who ceased to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2013, an increase of 3 per cent from 2012 and an increase of 14 per cent from 2009.
There were 3,980 looked after children adopted during the year ending 31 March 2013, an increase of 15 per cent from 2012 and an increase of 20 per cent from 2009. Although the number of looked after children adopted fell between both 2009 and 2010, and 2010 and 2011, the number of these adoptions has since increased and is now at its highest
point since the start of the current data collection in 1992.
CHILDREN LOOKED AFTER AT 31 MARCH 2013
There were 68,110 looked after children as of 31 March 2013, an increase of 2 per cent compared to 31 March 2012 and an increase of 12 per cent compared to 31 March 2009. The number of looked after children has increased steadily each year and is now higher than at any point since 1985.
The majority of looked after children – 62 per cent in 2013 - are provided with a service due to abuse or neglect. The reasons why looked after children are provided with a service have been relatively stable since 2009. Figure 1 shows the reasons for a child to be provided with a service and the proportions of children looked after recorded in each category as at 31 March 2013.
The figures above apply to England and if we add in Scotland ,N.Ireland,and Wales there are nearly 100,000 children in care in Britain.It is worth noting that the colour chart below shows that 1% of these children ie nearly 1000 were taken purely because their parents had a low income and for no other reason!
Figure 1: Reasons why children looked after at 31 March 2013 were provided with a service
· Rise in foreign youngsters missing from care in UK
· Government action plan 'failing to protect victims'
The Guardian, Wednesday 23 April 2008
BALLOONS AND FAMILY FUN TO PROMOTE FOSTERING
Hundreds of balloons will be released from Slough town centre to mark a special event to launch Slough’s new fostering Allowance Scheme.
Saturday, July 2 will encourage more people to consider becoming foster parents to local children and see the launch of a new fostering allowance of £400 per week.
Despite all these wonderful descriptions of overpaid foster carers, 10,000 children went "missing" from care, as you will see from the article below:
Joint Inquiry into Children Who Go Missing from Care
Extract (point 9):
In June 2012, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Runaway and MissingChildren and Adults and the APPG for Looked-after Children and Care Leavers published the report of their joint inquiry into children who go missing from care.
The report argued that the Government was under-reporting the number of children going missing from care. While the official figure for 2011 was 930, the report argues that, according to police data, an estimated 10,000 individual children went missing. The report cited that this high number was symptomatic of a care system which was far from being fit for purpose and in need of an urgent rethink.
The number of children in care in England has increased slightly from 64,400 last year to 65,520 this year.
Department for Education data shows 27,310 children were taken into care during the year ending 31 March 2011, down from 28,090 the previous year.
---------- STOP PRESS !The agency above has been sold for £130+million!
Ministry of justice :- Official Judicial statistics
In 2011, there were 32,739 children involved in disposals of public law cases, including 31,515 orders made, 792 applications withdrawn, 350 orders of no order and 72 orders refused. What chance did those parents have as (to quote L.J.Thorpe) "parents are so prejudiced in proceedings" ??
NSPCC figures show that the “baby P factor” is a myth !
Children subject to a child protection plan were over a 3 year period as follows:-
Physical abuse 2010=5000,2011= 4800,and 2012=4690 A steady decline in the number of children subject to a child protection plan for physical abuse..
An increase of 14% over the last 3 years!
Clearly “emotional abuse” is the “buzzword” for social workers................
Children in public care
67,050 children were in the care of local authorities on 31st March 2012
75% (50,260) of children looked after on 31st March 2012 were living with foster carers
9% (5,930) were living in secure units, children’s homes or hostels
5% (3,600) were living with their parents
4% (2,680) were placed for adoption
3% (2,340) were with another placement in the community
3% (1,980) were placed in residential schools or other residential settings
Where are the placements with kinship carers???
A BARRISTER REVEALS THE TRUTH
Michelle Freedman, a barrister with 10 years' experience representing parents in the family courts writes: "Clients are like lambs to the slaughter. Every client I met filled me with sadness (except of course in cases where there was obvious abuse and not in the Local Authorities' and court's interpretation of the word). I would sit with desperate mothers and / or fathers with their eyes wide open in worry repeatedly asking me what I thought the outcome to the case would be. How to relay to the client that the reality is that the children will most likely be made subject to care orders and ultimately adopted. How to tell the client that we are merely going through a kangaroo court process whereby the majority of children are taken from loving parents once the machine (i.e the court process) has been switched on."
"Throughout proceedings clients would genuinely believe that 'justice would prevail' and the courts would see that the children are better of at home with mum and dad. As any other barrister, and for good reason, I told parents that there is no certainty in proceedings.... I did not have the heart to crush their spirits from the outset. I truly believe that we are living in tragic times at the moment."
TRIUMPH OF A TEENAGER !
I'm not sure if you remember me, my name is Harriet i'm 19 years old and
i'm from Grimsby in Lincolnshire. Some months ago i contacted you after finding
your website whilst heavily pregnant and in great distress as i was facing the
prospect of losing my first born son to forced adoption. Their concern was risk
of emotional abuse, due to me being neglected as a child (ironically whilst
under their watchful eye) and also due to the fact that my child's father, has a
previous child in the care system.
I worked continuously with the social workers throughout my pregnancy but
despite this they arranged for him to be taken at birth regardless. I was gagged
at the PLO as my legal aid solicitor attended the meeting behind my back whilst
i was waiting in the waiting area waiting to be called through and her
explanation was this "They were not going to change their minds Harriet, i
didn't want you to endure any more upset today"
I went into labor on Saturday 10th August two weeks before my due date
knowing full well what was going to happen, a social worker came into my
hospital room just minutes after giving birth, i hadn't had chance to bath and
was still sitting on a blood soaked sheet cradling my newborn son and told me
she wanted me to sign the section 20 which gave them permission to take him into
care. I refused and she told me that he would be going regardless as the local
authority were making an application to court and if i refused to sign now then
i would have to remain in hospital until Monday when they would receive
permission from the court to take him. I opposed and politely asked her to leave
whilst agreeing to remain in the hospital with my son.
I spent an amazing night getting to know him, taking in all his features
and meeting his needs, the midwives were fantastic with me - to my surprise they
didn't look at me as some child abuser who deserved to have her baby removed, i
was told that even in my area this happens so, so often. I was disgusted to find
that i was the second girl that month. What i did next was very silly of me
(depending on which way you look at it) i called my friend and told them to go
and buy a newborn car seat with my card and bring it to the hospital, whilst she
was doing so i called around local hotels and made inquiries as to weather there
were any with facilities for babies, fortunately i found one after rejection
after rejection and made a reservation for us, i pretended that i'd had a burst
pipe at home and it wasn't suitable to have my son there until it could be
repaired in a few days hence needing the hotel.
I confided in the midwife who'd shown me particular kindness and told her
what i was planning to do, she tried to talk me out of it but not because she
was on their side, she said it would give them all the more reason to take him
and not return him and said i stood a much better chance by showing the court
i'm responsible and fighting the right way. I told her how they would not
support me no matter what i said or did so i was taking him regardless, upon
seeing how desperate i was she said she was duty bound to report my leaving the
hospital but she would not do so until we were off hospital grounds, i called a
taxi and took my son.
Upon arriving at the hotel i placed him in the cot, began pondering my next
moves which in all honesty were very uncertain. I had money but nowhere to go,
as my family support is very limited. Within half an hour i received a telephone
call from a friend, they informed me that there was a number of police outside
my house and circling the area, they were also knocking on doors. I was
absolutely terrified and at this point convinced i was going to prison for
abduction, i looked at my son in his cot now sound asleep and couldn't believe i
had just cemented the fact i'd never see him again.
Due to the extreme reaction to my taking him from the hospital i became
worried that they assumed i would hurt him, at this point there was no care
order as it was Sunday and court was not until Monday. I telephoned the police
and informed them that my son was safe and i told them our location, they then
came and collected us and to my surprise - was as sympathetic as the midwife.
They told me i wasn't under arrest, that they didn't feel good about having to
come and do this given the circumstances but it was for our own safety, which in
essence i can see now as although my son was diagnosed fit for discharge by the
pediatrician, i was not technically fit for discharge as i suffered trauma
during birth. The police took us both back to the hospital where to my surprise,
i was placed back in the same room with my son overnight to await social
services arrival in the morning.
The interim care order was granted, i was told to stay in hospital with my
son and my legal aid solicitor attended in my absence. At the time i thought
this was nice of her as it allowed me more time with my son, now i know she did
this only so she could ensure the order was granted as she was working alongside
the social all along, just like your website proclaims.
I was granted two 90 minute supervised contact sessions per week at a
secure contact center whilst my son was fast tracked for adoption, my world
began to crumble as my solicitor told me i had no chance - but then something
I woke up and smelt the coffee, realized just how much they had been
railroading me into my own fears and instead of attending an appointment with
this solicitor to file my statement, i did my own. What she told me would take
her two weeks to complete took me two hours and upon finding out i had written
my own statement she tried so damn hard to stop me giving it to the judge
directly. She began changing her tactics and promising to support a mother and
baby unit ' a little later on ' despite telling me endlessly that this will
never happen. I stood strong, even threatened her with legal action myself and
ensured that the judge received my 12 page hand written letter exposing each and
every flaw, every lie, every underlying motive and every aspect of malpractice
and gross misconduct that had occurred.
The judge was appalled, everything has changed Ian! He has ordered a mother
and baby fostering placement, he addressed the social worker in court directly
and said he was appalled at how i'd been treated and said he expected social
services to behave in a holistic manner not an abusive one. He said i needed
support and that they had gravely let me down. I am stunned, shocked, surprised,
words cannot explain what i am feeling right now. I expected the judge to be
worse than social, but now i see that a lot of them only act and discriminate on
the facts that they are given, which in so many cases including mine - are lies
and fabrications of the truth.
Instead of my sons fast tracked adoption process being complete in just 6
weeks time, he will now be spending his first birthday with me! This is
fantastic news for me as i have been given the much longed for chance to show
these people that i am more than capable of raising my little boy.
I was expecting to be criticized in court, expecting to be told how i
evidenced my incapability to care for him due to absconding from the hospital,
at least. Yet i was in fact complimented, i was complimented on my intelligence
and dedication to my son and most of all i was complimented on the letter i had
written. My world has been fixed, all because of a letter.
When i was represented by my legal aid solicitor, she would constantly
patronize and undermine me constantly using the phrase "Harriet, you aren't a
solicitor" so guess what my last words were to her? I'm a better one than
She was actually annoyed when i was given this chance, the woman who
proclaimed that she was working in my best interest, was actually p*ssed off
that i was being reunited with my son. The corruption i saw unfold today was
shocking, but the outcome is amazing.
I cannot thank you enough for the time you took to talk to me, advise me
and show me the way forward. Without your website i would not of been armed with
half of the knowledge and facts that i am today, with the help of your site i
have stopped a baby, my baby, being taken away and forcibly adopted by
I thought i had no chance, after reading stories of adults with jobs,
mortgages and family support losing to social services i never imagined that
somebody like me, a teenage girl whom was neglected as a child then victim to
domestic violence, would be able to emerge triumphant in an area of corruption
that seems impossible to contest. If i can do it, others certainly can.
Please do share my story on your website. I would love to hear from other
parents and advise them as best i can, writing to the judge directly was the
best thing i ever did and right now i am on top of the world!
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you from me and my gorgeous little boy
NON MOLESTATION ORDERS :- can forbid a mother from molesting her own daughter ! It is a total distortion of the English Language to pretend this includes sending a birthday card or waving at one's children in the street as happened in previous cases.To Molest =To intentionally annoy (Oxford dictionary) but no proof has ever been produced in these cases or any other cases that children have been intentionally annoyed by parents from whom they have been forcibly separated.
Judges guidelines instruct them to interpret statutes in such a way as to give effect to the intentions of those who drafted them.
Non molestation orders were clearly drafted to protect one person from violence committed on them by another person.(more often than not by a man on his wife or partner);There was no way that it was intended to cut off mothers from their children and no way that "molestation" could in most such cases apply to contacts between non criminal parent and child .The judges in Vicky's case and many other cases have acted "ultra vires", outside their powers and should be restrained by police and by parliament if nothing else has any effect.
NO CONTACT ORDERS:- These can forbid all contact face to face ,by email,phone ,or via a third party even when the child initiates the contact.There is no statute or other legal authority permitting judges to make such orders and to make them penal.
These orders are often made for long or even indefinite periods as happened in the case of a father recently jailed for breaching a no contact order (made 15 years earlier) because he congratulated his son on facebook on his 21st birthday long after a care order had expired and was therefore discharged.
It is contended that no judge has the legal authority derived from any statute to make such draconian orders infringing Article 10 of the Human Rights Act and also the United Nations Convention.Such judges act "ultra vires" outside their powere and should as a last resort be restrained by police and by Act of Parliament.
Legal aid lawyer, secret court and social workers ‘colluded’ to adopt boys
TWO YOUNG children were taken from their distraught mother and placed for adoption because her own legal aid lawyers “colluded” with social workers, according to an MP’s extraordinary allegation in Parliament.
By Ted Jeory
Daily Express, November 10, 2013
In a highly unusual accusation, John Hemming said lawyers for Jacque Courtnage colluded with Derbyshire County Council to prevent her analysing a document he believes would have cleared her of abuse allegations.
She and her husband have lost their two sons, now aged six and eight, for ever after a court ruled on the balance of probabilities they were responsible for harming their youngest when he was a baby.
They have never been arrested nor charged with any criminal offence due to lack of evidence.
Their heartbreaking story emerged in a Commons debate two months ago when Mr Hemming used Parliamentary privilege to name the mother and to make accusations against her lawyers and Derbyshire County Council.
He says the parents are the victims of a miscarriage of justice in the secret family court system.
1: Lord Justice Thorpe said “There is nothing more serious than a removal hearing, because the parents are so prejudiced in proceedings thereafter.”
2: Lord Justice Wall (the former Senior family court judge) said that the determination of some social workers to place children in an "unsatisfactory care system" away from their families was "quite shocking".
3: In a separate case on which Sir Nicholas Wall also sat, Lord Justice Aikens described the actions of social workers in Devon as "more like Stalin's Russia or Mao's China than the West.
4: Lord Neuberger, president of the Supreme Court said that other than in exceptional circumstances judges should treat requests to hear cases in closed courts with ‘distaste and concern’. In a blow to ministers, Lord Neuberger said hearing evidence behind closed doors was ‘against the principle of justice’.
5: Baroness Hale (the only lady judge in the UK supreme court) said "Taking a child away from her family is a momentous step, not only for her, but for her whole family, and for the local authority which does so. In a totalitarian society, uniformity and conformity are valued. Hence the totalitarian state tries to separate the child from her family and mould her to its own design. Families in all their subversive variety are the breeding ground of diversity and individuality. In a free and democratic society we value diversity and individuality. Hence the family is given special protection in all the modern human rights instruments including the European Convention on Human Rights (art 8), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (art 23) and throughout the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. As Justice McReynolds famously said in Pierce v Society of Sisters 268 US 510 (1925), at 535, 'The child is not the mere creature of the State'. "
Lady Hale: Dissenting judgement in the Supreme Court "B" a child.
143. This case raises some profound questions about the scope of courts' powers to take away children from their birth families when what is feared is, not physical abuse or neglect, but emotional or psychological harm. We are all frail human beings, with our fair share of unattractive character traits, which sometimes manifest themselves in bad behaviours which may be copied by our children. But the State does not and cannot take away the children of all the people who commit crimes, who abuse alcohol or drugs, who suffer from physical or mental illnesses or disabilities, or who espouse anti-social political or religious beliefs. (Baroness Hale of Richmond in B (Children), Re  UKHL 35 (11 June)
What did the Minister for Children say in 2012 ?
The Children's Minister Edward Timpson said "the outcomes for children in care remain woeful.""For instance, we know that children in care are seven times more likely to misuse drugs and alcohol than others, 50 times more likely to end up in prison, 60 times more likely to become homeless and 66 times more likely to have children of their own who will need public care.
Surely most children would have a better chance with their imperfect parents than take the far worse risk of "care"?
Here are the official guidelines to proceedings in the family court - but these are largely ignored by judges and social workers:
Thousands of babies are being put on ‘at risk’ registers by social workers before they are even born, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
And campaigners say the system is weighted to presume that parents will be unable to adequately care for their children.
New figures released under Freedom of Information laws show that more than 4,000 child protection plans – which are automatically implemented for those registered as at risk – were initiated last year in England for babies still in the womb, which represents a 13 per cent increase over two years.
The figure for the
UK as a whole is likely to be nearer 5,000, and hundreds of babies are being taken into care each year within days of birth.
Most put on the registers were deemed at risk of neglect or of physical or emotional abuse, while others were exposed to dangers associated with having parents who were drug addicts, alcoholics or had serious criminal convictions.
Child protection experts insist it is right to keep newborns away from potentially dangerous parents, and argue they have to be more cautious following cases such as the death of Baby P, later named as Peter Connelly, and four-year-old Daniel Pelka, who was starved and beaten by his mother and her lover, finally dying of a severe head injury.
But opponents of the system say that it presumes guilt and that social workers are removing children to cover their own backs.
John Hemming, a Lib Dem MP and vocal critic of the fostering and adoption process, said: ‘There can be good reasons to put an unborn child on a child protection plan.
'But the system can lead to the wrongful removal of very young babies for all sorts of strange reasons. Once children are removed, only about 20 per cent go back to their parents.’
He continued: ‘With child protection, not every case is a Baby P case. But I know that social workers have been fired for saying that a child should go home to its parents. If you put them under that sort of pressure, they are going to say the child should be adopted.’
Ian Josephs, who provides informal legal advice to parents, said: ‘These parents are being punished without committing a crime. In the family courts, they are guilty until proven innocent.’
A child may be put on a protection register if doctors or social workers fear for its safety. The parents are invited to discuss the matter but do not have to be present for the child to be placed on the register. No court order is needed
EXAMPLES OF HOW RULES OF EVIDENCE HAVE BEEN DISCARDED IN THE FAMILY COURTs WHEN GRANTING INTERIM CARE ORDERS.
1:- Statements from the local authority are shown to the judge but rarely to parents.Family and friends of parents are routinely excluded from the court but groups of social workers are allowed to stay in the court to listen to their colleague's testimony whether they are witnesses or not.
2:- Parents representing themselves are denied the opportunity to cross examine witnesses appearing against them.Judgements,reports from experts,and position statements are either witheld or given to parents at the last minute (too late to read and analyse them properly).
3:- Parents are routinely refused permission to call for a second opinion when "experts" and Doctors have testified against them.If parents record contacts with their children, or interviews with experts or social workers judges routinely refuse permission for these recordings to be heard yet they always allow recordings and video evidence to be heard if produced by police or social workers.
4:-Parents whose children have been taken are routinely and wrongly told that they may not talk to ANYONE (except lawyers and social workers) about their case.
5:-Parents are threatened with jail if they protest publlcly when their children are taken.They are also jailed for "breach of the peace" or "harassment" if they dare to trace and then contact their own children after adoption.Parents are therefore" twice gagged" contrary to the Human Rights Act ,Article 10 entitling all persons "freedom of expression",ie freedom of speech.
6:-Local authority barristers in court often read out statements from absent persons as though they are themselves witnesses but they cannot be questioned.
7:- Most solicitors refuse to let their clients speak and then agree to all care orders demanded by social services.They tell the hapless parents "it is better not to oppose the interim care order ,but to wait for the final hearing",ignoring the position set out below (in red) where L.J.Thorpe makes it very clear that the parents are so prejudiced by the proceedings thereafter that it is "very difficult to get a child back" after a removal hearing.
8:-Judges routinely castigate parents who wish to speak or who represent themselves even though they have the right to do so;Their evidence and their arguments are usually ignored in the judgements.
9;-Parents representing themselves are often given an hour or two's notice to appear in court but solicitors are given weeks !
10:-Parents are punished for "risk" ie not what they have done but for what they might do in the future! "Risk of emotional abuse" is favourite because there is no legal definition of this and it is usually impossible for parents to defend themselves against "predictions" by so called "experts" who are often unqualified (20% according to the latest report by professor Ireland commissioned by the government!)
11:-Judges give social workers the power to withold parents' contact with their children" in care" as a punishment for saying they love them and miss them or that they are fighting to get them back .Foreign children are forbidden to speak their own language with their parents or relatives,mobile phones are confiscated,and children in care are denied these basic rights that are however accorded to murderers and rapists in prison!They use this power to gag parents and force them into complete submission !
12:-Parents are in effect condemned for offences against their children on "probabilities" 51% instead of beyond reasonable doubt.They can be acquitted in the high court and,the appeal court,and even when all charges have been dropped by the police social services can overule all those bodies and condemn parents on 51% probability (nearly half the time they could be wrong!) and take their children into care with a view to forced adoption.
13:-Parents who were themselves in care or who were abused in childhood are often judged unfit to be parents as a result.Their past misdemeanours whether real or alleged, such as shoplifting,or destruction of property (often 10 years ago or more) are inevitably used against them in court (even when a criminal court has acquitted them !) to prove them unfit parents.This would be illegal in a criminal court.
14:-Parents often forfeit their children for "failing to engage with professionals"The very persons who tell them and their neighbours that the children will never be returned !
15:-Parents faced with forced adoption lose their children for life, without being allowed a hearing by jury.
16:-Under the UN Convention on children's rights,and a recent Supreme Court case (W a child), children have a RIGHT to be heard in court but are usually denied that right.
17:-Solicitors routinely tell client parents to either agree or to take a neutral position in regard to interim care orders or they risk losing later and maybe never seeing their children again.A lie !
18:-Social workers are legally obliged to place children with relatives if possible but either ignore this or find pretexts to fail them on assessments
19:-Human rights to free speech and freedom of movement are breached by gagging orders, confiscating passports,and even "prohibited steps" that limit parent's movements and can force them to remain in the same flat or house indefinitely !
20:-The Children Act specifically instructs social workers to reunite families wherever possible and to place children removed from their parents with relatives.In practice couples are urged to separate,to quit their jobs and go on benefits so as to keep awkward contact times with their children and to be free to meet social workers etc for meetings whenever summoned to do so.Relatives including grandparents,aunts,and uncles are set aside to be "assessed" and are more often than not failed on the grounds that they are too friendly with the parents or maybe had a difficult past 10 years ago, or more simply that they are too old in their forties or fifties even though this does not apply to fosterers .Theory and practice are a long way apart in our family courts;
Lord Justice Thorpe said on Appeal "I am completely aghast at this case.There is nothing more serious than a removal hearing,because the parents are so prejudiced in proceedings thereafter.Once you have lost a child it is very difficult to get a child back." The hearing above lasted only 15 minutes after a doctor "expressed the opinion" that bruising in the ear of one of the three children looked as though it was caused by pinching .The parents were not allowed to give any evidence!Their three children had all been forcibly removed until they were ordered to be returned by Lord Justice Thorpe on appeal.
The secrecy in family courts will not be lifted simply because L.J Munby now decides that” judgements will in future be published unless there are compelling reasons not to do so" .Who decides the reasons? Why the judges of course !Since the families will still not be named in these judgements these judgements will for most people be difficult to identify and locate.They will even if located simply say what the judge has decided but will not give details of what actually happened in the court.
The justice dealt out by family courts will still be vastly inferior to that of the criminal courts until the two are bound by the same rules
In my opinion,that is precisely what should happen.
I make 12 points to illustrate:- The modernisation needed but so far not forthcoming is as follows:-
1:-There should be a presumption that babies stay with the mother unless conclusively proved to be against the child’s interests.
2:- A parent who has not committed a crime against mother,child,or children in general should never be forbidden contact.
3:- Hearsay evidence ,even from “experts” should never be preferred to that from persons in the witness box.
4:- Parents should be allowed to call witnesses to court unless their statements provided in advance are already accepted as true by the local authority.
5:-Close relatives of parents should always be admitted to the family courts.
6:- Closed adoption should never take place without parental consent.
7:- Long term fostercare(until age 18) should only be ordered if approved by a jury.
8:- Competent children of age 8 + who wish to give evidence in court should be allowed to do so
9:- Children’s conversation with parents at contact should never be censored and mobile phones should not be confiscated.
10;-Children should never be removed purely for emotional harm or the risk of it . They should only be removed if a criminal offence has been committed
11:-Parents whose children have been taken by social services should have the right to protest to the media using their own names.No judges should have the power to issue orders gagging persons concerned in a case before them preventing them from making public their grievances.
12:- Parents who report abuse (sexual or physical) on themselves or their children should not be penalised if disbelieved without solid proof that they had lied.
Munby offers words but no actions or legal changes.He does however say this ;"I repeat what I said in Harris v Harris,Attorney--General v Harris (2001) 2 FLR895, paras (360)--(369), about the importance in a free society of parents who feel aggrieved at their experiences of the family justice system being able to express their views publicly about what they conceive to be failings on the part of individual judges or failings in the judicial system.And the same goes of course,for criticism of local authorities and others."
He agrees with the right to protest but suggests no way of enforcing it on other judges who still issue gagging orders.
PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME must be wrong yet literally hundreds of mothers are having their babies confiscated at birth by social workers for “ risk of emotional abuse”.Compliant judges also find “on the balance of probabilities”(51%) that parents have neglected or abused their children or even coached them to make false accusations of abuse against the other parent ! . These judges then rubberstamp social service applications for forced adoption or long term fostercare. Mothers are frequently jailed for contempt of the secret family court if they protest to the media or in any other way publicly that their babies have been taken for no good reason.Other parents with no addictions or criminal records are jailed for merely contacting their own children in defiance of orders made by family court judges.As mentioned earlier,
The National Fostering and Adoption agency founded by two social workers a few years ago was recently sold to Graphite (a tough American company) for £130 million !Adoption agencies ,fostering agencies and fostering families,family court lawyers, social services,and a corps of medical experts together form a billion pound industry that profits from splitting up families instead of reuniting them in accordance with the Children Act 1989.
SOLUTION? FAMILY COURTS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL COURT PROCEDURES !
At present parents in family courts can be found “on balance of probabilities (51%)” as a FACT to have injured or neglected, or to be a “risk” to a child even when charges have been dropped .Parents are routinely refused the right to call their own witnesses or to choose their own experts to testify.Children are placed for forced adoption in spite of emphatic opposition from the parents on the decision of magistrates or a judge without a jury.Older children taken into care have mobile phones and laptops confiscated and are isolated from family and friends and ask in vain “what have we done wrong?Any contact with parents is supervised and censored so that no expressions of love “missing you and want you home” are allowed and neither is discussion of “the case”.
CRIMINAL COURTS however rule that those before them are innocent until proved guilty beyond reasonable doubt . Those before them have the right to protest publicly, call witnesses ,medical experts,and a decision by jury in the most serious cases ;
Criminals have the right to make phone calls and receive visitors without censorship and the press can publish details of court proceedings unless State secrets are involved.
If all the above checks and balances of the criminal court applied to the family courts most of the present injustices and unnecessary family breakups would be eliminated..
THERE ARE 5 MOST BASIC REFORMS:-
1 :- NO more gagging orders on children or parents .
2 :-NO more “ Punishment without crime “
3:-NOmore “Forced Adoption”
4:-NO more censorship of children or parents.
5:-NO more children taken into care for "risk" or for emotional abuse.
Here's another earlier video of me explaining my position on forced adoption.
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THE REAL CRIMINALS ARE THE JUDGES !!
Well they used to say "Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done"A cardinal principle of the rule of law.
Modern UK judges have ruthlessly discarded this principle and threaten with "jail for contempt" any person claiming to be the victim of unjust decisions in the private/secret family courts if they dare to protest publicly.
Thes judges are devoted to just one thing :- THE COVER UP !!
PROTECT THE "SYSTEM" AT ALL COSTS
EXAMPLES? Here are three:-
1:- Hundreds of mothers with no criminal records or substance addictions have their babies snatched at birth for “risk of emotional abuse” .If they protest publicly they are threatened with jail for “contempt” by judges concerned only with protecting the “system” by a “COVER UP” of gross injustices to mothers.
2:-Parents involved in both public and private law cases, who have no criminal records or substance addictions are frequently served with orders by judges that they shall not communicate with their own children face to face,by telephone,email,text,or post under pain of imprisonment.Such judges are concerned only with protecting the system by a COVER UP of gross injustices to both children and parents and abuses of children in care.
3:-Elderly persons are declared incompetent by social workers with no medical qualifications so that they can be removed by force from their own homes or those of relatives to be placed in highly expensive care homes ,their own houses sold and their bank accounts looted to pay for their lawyers and their keep.Judges once again issue orders that no details of the plight of these individuals shall be made public.A COVER UP of gross injustices to the elderly;
What excuse do the judges make for the COVER UP ?
WellArticle 10 of the Human Rights Act guarantees freedom of expression,ie Freedom of speech….. However Article 8 guarantees “the right to a private family life undisturbed by public authority”;The legislators clearly intended this last measure to protect the family from interference from the State.Unfortunately, perverse UK judges have turned this measure on its head and used it to protect the State from aggrieved families!They do this by threatening them with jail for violating the privacy of their own children and elderly relatives if they dare to expose the injustices inflicted on them by judges intent on enforcing a COVER UP;
These same judges reveal themselves as hypocrites when they throw “privacy” out of the window by allowing children to be advertised for adoption in the Daily Mirror,”Be my parent,” and similar publications with first names,dates of birth,and colour photos with no regard to the privacy of the children or the distress of parents seeing their children offered to the public for selection like pedigree dogs….
Judges who jail victims of the Court of Protection or the Family courts for protesting publicly about injustices should be jailed themselves for breaching the Human Right of Free Expression of their victims.(Article 10) Judges who are more concerned with protecting their own reputation and the system rather than offering open justice should be locked up for a very long time. Nazi judges at Nuremburg were condemned for much the same reasons; Decisions taken in secret that caused crimes against humanity. UK judges destroy families , new born babies and young children are taken from parents for "risk of emotional abuse", squads of police remove children from their beds at 6am, these children are put with fosterers paid £400+ per week , social workers isolate them from family and friends by confiscating mobile phones and laptops, elderly people are snatched from their family carers , their bank accounts are looted and their houses sold,All this IN SECRET! These judges should be JAILED
Every now and then Parliament debates the treatment of children and parents in the UK and passes new legislation ostensibly to preserve the family unit.
THE INJUSTICES IN UK FAMILY COURTS:-In the UK newborn babies are routinely removed at birth from non-addictive mothers with no criminal records for "risk of future emotional abuse". Children are also taken because one parent is said to be “a violent partner” even when the violence is verbal .Social Services force couples to separate to keep their children,but even after that the court will frequently rule that there is still a risk and all the children are taken into care. If a child suffers a minor injury or bruise the parents are often deemed to be responsible (guilty unless proved innocent). The parents have the almost impossible task of “proving a negative” on the balance of probabilities (51%) even when there has been no previous history of other injuries. Cluttered houses, absences from school, untidy clothes or failure to engage with professionals can all result in permanent loss of children. The mothers of newborn babies removed from the hospital cannot protest publicly .They risk being jailed for violating the privacy of their own babies if they do !. Grandparents are routinely refused as carers without specified reasons contrary to the Children Act 1989.
Judges in secret family courts closed to the public and parent's family members,( with draconian reporting restrictions for any reporter allowed in) ,order babies to be placed for adoption by strangers on the basis of reports by social workers that rely heavily on hearsay and are often never shown to parents at all plus dire predictions of hired experts who regularly appear in court to forecast the danger parents will be to their children. Adopted children are gone for ever even if injustices are found later. The Human Rights Act gives to all the right to a private life undisturbed by the State, a clause clearly drafted to protect families from an intrusive State. British judges however turn it on its head and say that any public protest by parents who have had children taken is a violation of their own children’s privacy and therefore punishable by imprisonment. Once a child is freed for adoption however hypocritical judges allow privacy to go out of the window as the Daily Mirror and other periodicals are allowed to advertise children “seeking new parents” complete with photographs, birthdates ,and first names making them easily recognizable to neighbours and friends of parents.
Older children taken into care have their mobile phones and laptops confiscated to isolate them from family and friends. Parents are usually at first allowed limited supervised contact sessions providing they sign an undertaking not to discuss "the case" ,the possibility of their children returning home, any abuse by fosterers or social workers (when children complain of this),not to talk any foreign language (even if the children do not speak English very well), and must not be over affectionate and loving ! Completely innocent children are treated worse than murderers and rapists in jail as even the most hardened prisoners under maximum security are allowed to phone out and discuss what they like with visiting relatives without censorship.Even in private law cases once social services back one parent against the other in custody disputes stern judges frequently make orders forbidding all contact with the children for the losing parent;No judge should have the power to do this to any sane parent with no criminal record .Parents breaking such orders have been jailed for up to 3 years for talking to a child,or even sending a birthday card,ringing a doorbell,or waving in the street.Foreign children often on holiday in the UK with their parents are taken into care for a slap or other trivial offence and routinely refused permission to return home to be dealt with by social services in their own countries.
Principal Categories for the abusing of parents and the elderly by the ss:-
1:- Taking babies at birth for "risk of emotional abuse" then given to strangers for forced adoption.
2:-Foreign children forbidden to return home and kept in uk at public expense.
3:- Mother abused by partner who has since left but she still loses children.
4:-Mother has abusive partner so she leaves and finds new gentle partner gets pregnant but loses baby !
5:-One single injury to one child (often due to brittle bones) and parents still lose children to forced adoption
6:- Children in care isolated ,lap tops and mobiles conficated , conversation censored with parents at contact
7:-Judges put "injunctions" on parents jailing them for waving,leaving Xmas cards, speaking to their children, etc
8:-Elderly persons taken from relatives ,put in nursing homes ,house sold ,bank accounts looted !
9:- Parents sign section 20 (voluntary care) on promise of early return of kids that is never kept !
10:-Lawyers (professional losers) and court appointed "experts" who always agree with social workers.
11:-Children have legal right to be heard but guardian "speaks for them " saying they don't want to see parent
12:-Human Rights Act ( 8 ) gives everyone the right to private family life undisturbed by public authority but UK judges jail parents who protest to the media when their children are taken for breaching their privacy!
Why do those responsible act like this? Well birds of a feather flock together!L.J.Thorpe in open court stated that taking a child was a very serious business as the parents were so prejudiced in subsquent proceedings that it was very difficult to obtain the return of a child.
Experts back up social workers who are in turn supported by judges ,guardians and judges as those who live by the system club together to cover up its defects. There is for some also a financial angle as the sale of the National Fostering Agency(founded by two social workers) for £130million indicates reasons for resisting any changes to the system. Some just make a good living ,others make exorbitant profits ! Judges are not corrupt just cautious as overruling social services leaves them open to severe press criticism if anything goes wrong whilst if social services win the case and something goes wrong they take the blame not judges who therefore tend to prefer evidence of social workers to that of parents when the two conflict.
Surely we should return to a system where the family courts are bound by the same rules as the criminal courts which do allow the “accused” to call witnesses, call children, cross examine those giving hostile testimony and benefit from a jury in the most serious cases Also we should forbid the gagging of parents who protest when children are taken and stop controling what parents and children say to each other at contact sessions.
These are radical changes that cannot happen overnight,so what can we demand for the immediate present? There should be an immediate law passed saying that all parents who have not committed a crime against a child should be allowed contact at least once a year with their children whether they have been adopted,put into State care,or are in the custody of the other parent.The real wickedness is to deprive parents and children from contact with each other permanently and THAT MUST STOP !
What are the main differences between the UK social workers who are so reviled and those of our continental neighbours who are not?
Punishments without crime.
1:- Forced adoption.Parents who have never hurt children physically can lose them for life !An absurd and "over the top" reaction usually to minor problems.
2:- Babies snatched at birth for “risk of emotional abuse” .
3:-Parents who are gagged (by threats of prison) to prevent them complaining publicly naming themselves and those they believe have wronged them.
4 :-Parents are censored at contact,forbidden to speak any foreign language with their foreign children,and forbidden to mention “the case” or the possibility of coming home.This leaves bewildered children thinking their parents don't want them to come home.
5:- Parents who have never been accused of physically harming their children are often forbidden by injunction from contacting their children and have been jailed for sending Xmas or birthday cards or even waving at them passing by in a car !
6:-The SS often arrive with at least 3 or 4 police in the middle of the night ,wake up the children who have never been in any physical danger, and drag them off screaming for their mothers who they can see forcibly restrained.
7:- The SS confiscate children's mobile phones and laptops to isolate them from family and friends ;unlike murderers and rapists who are allowed phone calls and uncensored visits.
8:- During "contact sessions" conversations between relatives and children are strictly censored.No mention of the case or coming home is allowed or contact is stopped; Foreign languages are forbiden even to foreign children !
These children are thus led to believe their parents do not want them to come home and this can alienate them.
Generally speaking,these are features of British life that rarely if ever occur on the continent
STOP PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME !!
My name is IAN JOSEPHS.I repeat again,UK Social services have never hurt me, my family, or my friends, but their wicked abuse of power has simply shocked me into action!"Forced adoption" too often legally deprives healthy,happy,children from all contact with their loving parents,brothers,sisters,grandparents,and other relatives for the rest of their lives! The UK is the ONLY country in Europe(apart from Croatia and perhaps Portugal) to tolerate "forced adoption" (adoption of children against the will of the parents).
Adoption is a wonderful thing for abandoned and neglected children if it is TRULY VOLUNTARY but is a wicked deed that should be severely punished if forced through the courts against the will and frantic opposition of loving parents.Worse still these parent VICTIMS are ruthlessly gagged !!Yes,here in the UK secret courts jail parents who dare to protest publicly when social workers take their babies at birth and arrange for them to be adopted by strangers.ONLY in the UK and NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WHOLE WORLD do they GAG parents whose children have been" confiscated"Some "lucky" mothers who discovered where their adopted children were living have been jailed for ringing the doorbell,waving at the children in the street, or sending them a Xmas card (three real cases ,and 3 mothers jailed!)on the grounds that they were undermining the forced adoption and committing a breach of the peace
Forgive me if I repeat myself too often in this "exposé" of the "SS" and the family courts,but the average person simply cannot believe that such things happen in "democratic Britain".Well,believe me they do! Repetition is necessary to reinforce your belief !
The UK is the ONLY country in Europe (apart from Croatia and perhaps Portugal) to tolerate the barbaric practice of forced adoption.The severing of all contact FOR LIFE between children and their birth parents .In effect a LIFE sentence without the opportunity of being heard by a jury, often imposed on parents who have committed no crime but who are said to be a risk to their children following predictions by overpaid charlatans working closely with the local authority.
Yes the UK family courts then mete out "PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME" The ONLY people in the UK who are punished without crime are parents whose children have been "confiscated" not by the hundreds but by the thousands; many because they are said to be "at risk" of emotional abuse!. Yes Emotional abuse does exist but it can never be serious enough to justify breaking up a family and giving away children to be adopted by strangers.The Family Courts presume parents once accused by social services, are guilty of abusing or neglecting their children unless they can prove their innocence (which rarely happens !).
Even worse the UK is the ONLY country in the world to GAG parents who wish to protest publicly when their children are taken.
The right of all citizens to protest publicly against what they perceive to be oppression by the State is what separates democracy from tyranny.
Long may it remain so !
Are there really parents who are punished by the State when they have committed no crimes?? YES !!The ONLY people in the UK who suffer this injustice are parents whose children are taken away after so called "experts" make predictions of the future such as "risk of emotional abuse".Most mothers would receive better and fairer treatment from the court if they killed their children (and benefited from the protection of criminal procedure) rather than tangle with the cold ferocity that demolishes 99.75%(judicial statistics) of the unfortunate parents who appear before the stern "establishment" judges sitting in our UK family courts.In other European countries such as France,Spain,and Italy,where "the family" is almost "sacred" they just cannot believe the barbarity of social workers in the UK when they take newborn babies from their mothers for "risk of emotional abuse",a concept completely unknown on the continent .Indeed the whole idea of "emotional abuse" is met with incredulity!
I think perhaps the worst thing in the care system is the way children in the 8-15 age group are treated when they are taken into “care” .Their mobile phones are confiscated and when applicable so are their laptops.They are isolated from their friends,parents,grandparents and even sometimes their siblings.No communication of any kind is permitted and when parents are finally allowed to visit in cold impersonal contact centres all conversation is strictly censored so that no mention can be made of the court case,why they are here and what chances they have of returning home.No complaint by children of sexual or physical abuse by foster families or social workers is allowed.No weeping and no excessive affection can be shown .Any breach of these and countless other rules in the “contact agreement “parents are obliged to sign, and contact will be stopped at once and sometimes for good .These children are treated worse than murderers and rapists in prison because those criminals at least are allowed to make phone calls and can discuss what they like with visitors whilst children who have done nothing wrong can do neither ! No wonder these unfortunate children wonder if they are evil or if they have done something terribly wicked.Only the cold and utterly heartless would inflict such cruel indignities on innocent children.
What about disputes between parents over the custody of their children?(Private law)Only too often the "SS" and Cafcass are brought in,and the consequences are drastic indeed !Judges tend to take the same side and adopt the same attitudes as the "SS". Consequently, the punishment meted out to the losing parent is nothing short of disgraceful.....
The real disgrace however, is not so much the initial conduct of the courts dealing with parents disputes, or disputes by parents with the local authority, as the “aftermath”.Vindictive injuctions are granted forbidding the losing parent( whether mother or father) from all contact with their child or children until those children are 18 year of age. This happens to my personal knowledge to drug and alcohol free parents with no criminal records who have never been accused let alone charged with any criminal act against their children.
Parents have been jailed for sending a birthday card,leaving an Xmas present on a doorstep,waving at children as they passed by in a car, and of course 3 years for Vicky Haig for talking to her daughter at a petrol station even though she had not seen her for a year !
These judges belong to the Victorian age except that instead of hanging thieves they now pick on desperate defenceless non criminal parents who they dislike but who should always be allowed some form of supervised contact no matter what the circumstances .What about “Baby P” you cry??Well believe it or not his witch of a mother has been allowed contact with her surviving children whilst still serving time in jail !
The three essential reforms we need are:-
1:- Freedom of SPEECH for parents AND children at all times.
2:- Final hearings to be heard by JURIES
3:-An end to the Punishment of parents who have not committed any CRIME.
The link below takes you to a typical grandmother who has suffered outrageous persecution from the "SS" but is fighting back ...AND HOW !!
Articles by Christopher Booker of The Sunday Telegraph exposing the truth of the child-snatchers.
- 09 Jun 2012
Social workers display an astonishing contempt
- 03 Mar 2012
We already have unjust secret courts
- 25 Feb 2012
Mum faces jail because her children talked to each other on Facebook
- 28 Jan 2012
Facts about child snatching can be reported in Norway but not here?
- 03 Dec 2011
A wall of secrecy, parents who lost their children are now in jail
- 12 Nov 2011
Our family courts repeat the error that jailed Dreyfus
- 08 Oct 2011
Cameron’s sudden zeal for adoption misses the point.
- 11 Jun 2011
The mystery of Haringey’s missing 'Girl X’ makes a mockery of the Children Act
- 04 Jun 2011
How our judges deny human rights to children taken into care.
The right to family life - invoked to get a burglar out of prison, or a celebrity granted a super-injunction - is denied to many children.
- 02 Jun 2011
A Fathers Nightmare - A bizarre episode involving a father's separation from his children shows up our farcical law, says Christopher Booker.
- May 23 2011
Vicky Haigh saves her baby from the clutches of the social workers.
A British woman has given birth in Ireland to stop Nottinghamshire social workers from seizing her child, says Christopher Booker.
- 30 April 2011
Vicky Haigh flees the babysnatchers
Using parliamentary privilege, John Hemming MP has named renowned jockey and trainer Vicky Haigh as the woman threatened with imprisonment for speaking to him, writes Christopher Booker.
- 19 March 2011
Another 'horrible’ case for you, Mr Loughton.
The scandal of seizures by social workers of children from responsible parents is bigger than the Children's Minister has stated, says Christopher Booker. Read here
- 05 March 2011
Parents denied a voice in court against the child-snatchers.
Lord Justice Thorpe was 'aghast' at the way children had been removed from their parents by a county court. But such outrages are an everyday procedure, says Christopher Booker. Read here
- 12 Febuary 2011
Tim Loughton, the children's minister, slams my 'unhelpful' campaign against the child-snatchers.
The minister responsible, TIm Loughton, does not seem to think that forced adoption is a problem, says Christopher Booker. Read here
- 15 January 2011 A mother's fall causes her to lose her child.
A woman who was temporarily paralysed in a fall had her baby taken into care while she lay in hospital, writes Christopher Booker.
- 18 December 2010
Does this family have human rights?
Social workers persist in their cruel treatment of an innocent family.
- 11 December 2010
Social workers' cruel game with children in care continues.
Why can a mother not be told her children are unavailable before she makes an epic journey to see them. Read here
- 04 December 2010
Child protection: how a cruel council plays its cat-and-mouse game.
One distraught family's experience is typical of our warped system of child protection. Read here
- 27 November 2010
Forced adoptions get no sympathy from the ministry.
While loving families are torn apart, Whitehall insists the system is working fine. Read here
- 20 November 2010
Forced adoption: another win for the child snatchers.
The case of Tony and Debbie Sims illustrates the cruelty of our child protection system. Read here
- 6 November 2010
Refugees flee the tyranny of social workers.
Cyprus has proved a haven for a family fleeing forced adoption.
- 30 October 2010
Child protection: MPs must act on the scandal of seized children.
Britain's child protection system is off the rails, and only the politicians who built it can fix it. Read here
A BRIEF SUMMARY OF OUR AILING FAMILY COURT SYSTEM
Family torn apart in 15-minute court case by Judge James Orrell ...Lord Justice Thorpe said on Appeal "I am completely aghast at this case.There is nothing more serious than a removal hearing,because the parents are so prejudiced in proceedings thereafter.Once you have lost a child it is very difficult to get a child back." The hearing above lasted only 15 minutes after a doctor "expressed the opinion" that bruising in the ear of one of the three children looked as though it was caused by pinching .The parents were not allowed to give any evidence!Their three children had all been forcibly removed until they were ordered to be returned by Lord Justice Thorpe .
(Extract from the TIMES April13th 2010)
"Lord Justice Wall (The Senior family court judge) said that the determination of some social workers to place children in an "unsatisfactory care system" away from their families was "quite shocking".In a separate case on which Sir Nicholas Wall also sat, Lord Justice Aikens described the actions of social workers in Devon as "more like Stalin's Russia or Mao's China than the West
1:- The UK is the ONLY State in the WORLD that gags parents whose children have been taken by social services
2:- The UK is the ONLY State in Europe (except Croatia and possibly Portugal) to permit the horror of "forced adoption".
3:-The UK is the ONLY State in Europe to allow "Punishment without crime" ie the taking of children by social services from sane parents who have not committed any criminal offence.
4:- The UK is the ONLY State in Europe taking children for "emotional abuse" and worse still "risk of emotional abuse"
5:- The UK is the ONLY State in Europe to censor conversations between parents and children in care.They cannot get emotional or discuss the court case.If they do contact can be stopped for good.Children’s mobiles and laptops are confiscated “in care” to isolate them and stop them speaking with parents or friends
All the above practices must be made “illegal” and family courts should be ruled by the criminal court system ,”innocent until proved guilty”and “hearings by jury” before children are taken for ever .
The solution is so simple,"Stop punishment without crime" ! Stop taking children from parents who have not committed any crime and stop jailing parents who complain publicly when their children are taken for no good reason .Horrific crimes are overlooked because damaged children make poor adoption material ;Other parents have their children removed for risk ie they are punished not for something they have done but for something some "expert" (with a crystal ball?) thinks they might do in the future ! Like arresting someone looking in the window of a jeweller's in case they went inside to steal something ! PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME is barbaric and no parents should have their children removed unless they have committed a crime such as being drunk or drugged up in charge of a child or injuring,it or not feeding it for example.Children taken for "risk" ? It's a bad joke and it's the children who suffer.
We should remember the wise words of Hedley J in Re L (Threshold Conditions)  1 FLR 2050:
"Many parents are hypochondriacs, many parents are criminals or benefit cheats, many parents discriminate against ethnic or sexual minorities, many parents support vile political parties or belong to unusual or militant religions. All of these follies are visited upon their children, who may well adopt or 'model' them in their own lives but those children could not be removed for those reasons."
Richard Browning-Smith was hospitalized in 2009 for foot surgery. He spent some time recuperating in Horkesley Manor care home in Essex England, where social workers, without a medical diagnosis, decided he was unable to look after himself. He went to a bus stop on his own to get home, but social workers took him back by force and held him in the dementia unit. His son Richard Jr was out of the country at the time. But on his return, he tried to get his father, still able to solve crosswords and play chess, back home. Social workers complained about the condition of the father's home, so Richard Jr arranged to spend £60,000 on renovations. When Richard took his father home from Horkesley Manor, police arrived to take him back, but as there was no custody order in place, they left without taking dad. But a few weeks later Horkesley Manor completed the legal formalities and retrieved him. A year into the ordeal, Horkesley became the deputy of Richard Sr, what is called a guardian in other places. They got full control of his assets, including his bank accounts. Soon Richard Jr had to pay rent to live in what had been the family home for 50 years and his family heirlooms are in storage waiting to be auctioned.
Richard Jr has fought back through the courts, reaching the European Court of Human Rights. He has also drawn public attention to the case. Two newspaper articles are enclosed. A judge has ordered Richard Jr to avoid naming a council official, court officials or anything to do with the Court of Protection either through the press or social network sites, while warning that violation could result in three to six months in jail. On this coming November 2 the court will conduct a hearing on Richard Jr's capacity to litigate. This is a British procedure for getting rid of recalcitrant opponents by declaring them unfit to conduct their own litigation. A lapdog gets appointed in their place to concede everything the opponent wants. Mr Browning-Smith knows English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Latin and French. Doesn't sound incompetent.
This is the familiar story of a child abducted and placed in foster care to justify a claim on the public treasury. In the Browning-Smith case, it is at the other end of life, and the father's estate may be part of the temptation.
Because of the threats against Richard Jr, we won't mention the source for these paragraphs.
Here are some really appalling statistics for you. If a Social Worker decides your child should be taken into care,do you think you stand a chance? Look at these figures from the England and Wales Judicial statistics. Look at 2004′s figures for example when 8,493 applications for a care order were made to the court and only 11, yes I said 11 Care Orders were refused. Great, that means you have a 0.01% chance of winning in court! Why?Because the legal aid solicitors are "professional losers" so the only parents who win are those happy few who sack their lawyers and represent themselves!They at least have a nearly 50-50 chance !
Much better to send children to Foster/Adoptive Hell where they are statistically seven times more likely to be abused and shockingly three times more likely to die during childhood than if they were at home with their natural parents. Of course there are many foster and adoptive families who are doing an excellent job at bringing up their children, but sadly this is a rare phenomenon. For most children, the care system is the last place on earth which could be considered a safe haven (see Hollie Greig case for example.)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2004
APPLICATIONS MADE 8,493
ORDERS REFUSED 11
NO ORDERS 306
ORDERS MADE 7,796
(only 11 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2005
APPLICATIONS MADE 9,146
ORDERS REFUSED 10
NO ORDERS 92
ORDERS MADE 8,849
(only 10 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2006
APPLICATIONS MADE 7,849
ORDERS REFUSED 12
NO ORDERS 289
ORDERS MADE 7,222
(only 12 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2007
APPLICATIONS MADE 8,273
ORDERS REFUSED 23
NO ORDERS 290
ORDERS MADE 7,624
(only 23 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
CARE APPLICATIONS 2008
APPLICATIONS MADE 7,640
ORDERS REFUSED 20
NO ORDERS 245
ORDERS MADE 7,077
(only 20 times did a judge actually
refuse a care order)
SOURCE: England and Wales Judicial Statistics
From the law library o congress Republc of Ireland proving the point I think !
Northampton County Council v. ABF and MBF,18 the return of a child to England was refused,
because doing so would have created an adoption without consent of one of the parents. In this decision,
the Court relied heavily on article 41 of the Irish Constitution. It understood article 41 to grant the father
the right to enforce his rights as the natural father in a foreign jurisdiction. The Court believed that this
result was in concert with the protection of the rights of the father and the infant pursuant to article 41.
Baby Ann Judgments of the Irish Supreme Court made on 13 November 2006
We provide links below to the Judgments made by the five Supreme Court Justices in the hearing labelled by the media as the "Baby Ann Adoption" case.
These judgments represent a landmark in family law.
The principle of the case itself is simply that a baby cannot be adopted from a Married Family against the wishes of the parents. What is remarkable and commendable of the majority of the Justices (see Hardiman J., Geoghegan J., Fennelly J) is that they have seized this opportunity to reverse the slippage in the Rule of Law - the established law of the Family - that custom and practice, as exercised in the family law courts, especially the lower courts, has steadily eroded in the past 40 years.
Before this grandmother could see her grandson she had to sign the 23 commandments below!
Teenage mother found hanged days after discovering her baby had been adopted
Daily Mail, 1 June 2011
A tragic teenage mother's body was found hanged days after she discovered her baby had been adopted by another family.
Annabelle Lee Morris, 19, could not cope with her son being taken into care and then put up for adoption.
Her father, Thomas James Morris, found her in her bedroom on March 18 last year - nine days after she found out that her son had new adoptive parents, York Coroner's Court was told.
The authorities had intervened as she was struggling to look after him herself.
Speaking after the inquest, her cousin, Lorna Dawber, said: 'She adored her son and had she accepted the help when it was there her future would have been completely different. In time she would have got there.
'That was the one thing in life that was hers, she absolutely worshipped him.'
She said Annabelle would not have put her family through that deliberately.
'She was a good soul and she had a good heart,' she said.
The inquest heard that the child was taken into foster care when he was less than a year old.
Annabelle, from York, was still allowed to see him a few times a week, but when a psychologist raised further serious concerns, steps were taken to have the baby adopted.
Although it was arranged for Annabelle to meet mental health workers in 2009, she did not attend an appointment.
She saw her son, then 15 months old, for the final time in January 2010. At the time of her death she was on a doctor's waiting list to see a counsellor.
Prior to the adoption, her social worker, John Corden, said Annabelle was 'ambivalent' about accepting the support offered to her as this would involve 'putting boundaries around her lifestyle'.
But he said that he and other colleagues had been impressed by the 'high quality of interaction' between mother and child and that she had been 'dignified and honest' in her work with social services.
Mr Corden said 'I had frequent discussions with Annabelle about the way the case was going. She never suggested to me that if adoption were the outcome she would harm herself.
'Annabelle was blessed with a warm and benign personality. She could present herself as a well functioning and capable young lady.
'In the fullness of time, that may have been a considerable asset to her.'
Coroner Donald Coverdale recorded an open verdict and said the cause of her death was asphyxia due to hanging.
Noting that she had strong support from a loving family and from social services, he said: 'Miss Morris was a 19-year-old with a number of problems relating back to childhood.
'In recent times she had gone through the trauma of having her child adopted.
'The final meeting with her child had been in January and that time must have been the most difficult of all.
'It seems to me that she had time to reflect on the unhappy course of events culminating in the adoption. My best guess is that what has happened was an impulsive act, it could be described as a cry for help.'