My main objective is to persuade the UK government to abolish "punishment without crime". We have laws in the UK and those who break the laws are rightly punished. Unfortunately those who do NOT break the law are also punished and that makes the whole idea of the law absurd ! This applies especially to mothers whose babies are taken away at birth for "risk of emotional abuse" and later adopted by strangers ; Sir James Munby President of the family courts recently described the removal of children from families as the most drastic matter handled by the courts since the abolition of capital punishment (hanging). Surely only parents proved guilty beyond reasonable doubt of crimes against children should have their children removed?
Please give me a contact phone number from any country in the world no matter where you live. (MOBILES ARE OK !) and times available to receive a call. I will then phone you back at my expense.(Use a public phone box if you do not wish to reveal your number).
Alternatively,telephone me in France:(I am British but I live and work abroad) 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).Please therefore leave your phone available and switched ON 9am-5pm because it is very frustrating for me to continually get voicemail when I am trying to give you help and advice !My services are FREE .I will NEVER ask you for money!
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.I do not accept attachments unless agreed beforehand as they can contain viruses.
Also please do not try to contact me via skype, facebook,twitter,or any similar source .I usually manage to answer all emails or phone messages within 24 hours and they alone keep me incredibly busy with no time to check for alternative ways of communication !
If you send me details of your case in advance,please try to stick to simple facts,numbered 1,2,3,etc in date order, not opinions,.Tell me how many children you have ,how old they are,if the ss are threatening to remove your baby,child,or children,or when they were taken,and what reasons were given by the judge or magistrates or SS for removing them or threatening to remove them
;Start with the PRESENT and what is happening now and then describe what the judge decided in the last court case (if there has been one);Don't waste time going long into the past as it's the present that counts and what you now wish to achieve that is really important!
Remember always that "adoption" is a wonderful,wonderful,thing if it is truly voluntary but it is a wicked, wicked crime if forced on parents desperate to keep their children .A punishment almost as bad as execution..........
MY SERVICES ARE ALWAYS FREE AND I SHALL NEVER ASK YOU FOR MONEY FOR ANY REASON.
Beware any adviser who asks you for cash !
Who am I ?,Who are you dealing with? and What do I do?
I am not a solicitor or barrister but I do have a law degree from Oxford University.I am a business man owning and running two language teaching companies :- www.hli.co.uk and www.regencyschool.com (See for yourself!)
I was born in London in 1932,I now live in Monaco, and have been married to my second wife( who is french) since 1971 ,I have 7 children and 11 grandchildren .I still ski,(badly!) and work harder now than when I was 20!
Unlike most who fight them,I and my family have NEVER been troubled personally by UK social services even when we lived in Kent .Eventually ,we left UK to live and work in Monaco in 1984.However I always detested the arrogant brutality that UK social services showed to those least able to defend themselves.
It all began in 1962. I was on Kent County Council and was asked for help by a mother whose son had, she said had been wrongly taken from her by social workers and put in a very expensive private school (owned by a senior Kent Councillor)where he was paid to sleep with teachers !The authorities tried to "hush the matter up" but after a widely publicised court hearing the boy was successfuly returned home and I was asked by other parents to deal with similar problems .I therefore applied in the courts for discharge of care orders against my own council for many such parents and never lost a case.
Unfortunately I spent so much time on these cases that my language school deteriorated and my first marriage broke up ! I then stopped helping parents and concentrated on my business and my second marriage . Both proved successful !
It was in 2003 that the Meadows cot death scandals and adoptions without parental consent exploded into the news and I wrote to the Daily Mail saying things seemed worse in 2003 than they were in the 60s when I was helping parents. I got nearly 50 letters from desperate parents.The law had changed so that I could no longer speak for parents in court,there was also forced adoption, court secrecy,and gagging orders, so I set up my site "forced-adoption",(a phrase I made up to describe the very worst feature of the uk family courts). I now help bereft parents with advice and help in more than 1000 cases per year............
I urge readers to campaign for the following reforms:-
The government should:-
2:-Scrap" Gagging orders" (when National Security is not involved)
3:- Forbid "Punishment without
crime"(taking children from parents who have not committed crimes against
children or forbidding such parents from contacting their
children)We can then concentrate on protecting the fewer numbers of children who have been physically or sexually abused but who are at present overlooked as unsuitable for adoption.
(a) Allow Parents(like rape victims) to choose anonymity or publicity for their cases .
(b) Open both Family Courts and the Court of Protection to
As simple as that..........
STOP PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME
25,000+children are removed every year from UK parents, most of whom have not committed any crimes and who are not addicted to alcohol or drugs. UK Parents are drastically punished when their young children and newborn babies are removed for fostering by strangers (relatives are sometimes assessed but usually failed and ignored) or forced adoption.Many are taken for 'risk' of future emotional harm; yet an average of 10,000 children in 'State care' go missing every year!(all party parliamentary group findings) Surely a greater risk? Judges rely heavily on hearsay (reports from absent witnesses) in family courts that, unlike criminal courts, are secret, refuse to admit relatives or allow parents to call witnesses, refuse a second expert opinion, quote parents' previous offences committed 20+ years ago, and often forbid parents to contact their own children. A mother after reporting the father for sexual abuse was disbelieved and jailed for 3 years for meeting her daughter against court orders. Another mother was jailed for sending a birthday card and a father jailed for waving at his children in care as they passed by in the street.
STOP GAGGING PARENTS & CHILDREN!
Babies are taken at birth for 'RISK of emotional abuse' (often from a long departed or jailed ex-partner who was violent or who just shouted when angry). Young children are taken into care because of one unexplained bruise or fracture despite no previous history of injuries. Parents are judged on mere probabilities (51%) 'guilty of abuse or neglect unless proved innocent' and their children are fostered permanently or adopted. Parents are gagged in court by their own lawyers. They are jailed if they reveal their names when protesting in public and sometimes banned by court injuctions from ever discussing their cases with anyone at all! Children in care are also gagged and usually are not allowed to testify in court. Laptops and mobiles are confiscated to isolate them from family and friends. At parents' contact visits children in care are not allowed, to discuss their cases, say they want to go home, complain of sexual or physical abuse by fosterers or social workers or even speak their own language if they are foreign. If they do any of these things contact is stopped.
ABOLISH FORCED ADOPTION!
'Forced Adoption' = the adoption of children against the opposition of parents. After adoption, they are never told where their children are or even if they are alive or dead. Parents are punished for life, but since April (CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ACT 2014) they can still apply for contact after adoption!In the UK adoption,if contested must legally be a "last resort",yet most other European countries manage without any forced adoptions,proving that other remedies are always possible.
Adverts on the back of a bus offer fosterers £590/week per child, and the National
Foster Agency, founded by two social workers a few years ago, was
recently sold for £130million+! Children’s care homes cost an average
£4,000/week per child and the whole system costs over £2 billion/year!
STOP TAKING THE ELDERLY FROM FAMILIES
Judges in the secret Court of Protection (highway robbery!)call tame psychiatrists to decide that old people (many of them perfectly lucid) lack 'capacity'. Parents are separated from family and friends and forced into expensive private nursing homes. Partners and relatives are ejected from their dwellings then the properties are sold after the elderly persons' bank accounts have been looted to fund social services, lawyers, courts and dubious care homes.
Any person alleged to lack capacity should have the right to call their own medical expert to dispute the allegation and to testify in court to demonstrate capacity if they wish.They should be free to protest openly to the media and if found to have capacity, should have the right to choose their own carers.
All facts and figures can be verified from government statistics or other official sources.
The text above beginning with "Stop punishment without crime"and finishing with my email address firstname.lastname@example.org can be used to form a one page pamphlet for distribution to the public: click here to open a pdf which you can then print. It shows clearly the defects of the "system" and also the measures needed to reform our family courts and social services all on one page !
Click on the link below to watch Ian Josephs speaking at the Children Screaming To Be Heard conference in London July 2014
also that if the "SS" take your child without a court order and without
your consent they are acting illegally and can be punished !
In R (on the application of G) v Nottingham City Council
EWHC 400 (Admin) Munby J considered removal of a child from a mother
without either court order or consent under s.20 of the CA 1989. In
finding that removal to be unlawful the Court relied on Article 8 of the
HRA and concluded that the interference with the family life was not
justifiable under Article 8(2) as a result
Yes, the punishment dealt out to parents by family courts is far more severe than anything the criminal courts can do ;yet the evidence needed is only the "balance of probabilities"(51+%) instead of "beyond reasonable doubt" .This must be very wrong !
Speech by Sir James Munby (president of the family courts) to the Society of editors:-
"I have said this many times in the past but it must never be forgotten
that, with the state’s abandonment of the right to impose capital
sentences, orders of the kind which family judges are typically invited
to make in public law proceedings are amongst the most drastic that any
judge in any jurisdiction is ever empowered to make. When a family judge
makes an adoption order in relation to a twenty-year old mother’s baby,
the mother will have to live with the consequences of that decision for
what may be upwards of 60 or even 70 years, and the baby for what may
be upwards of 80 or even 90 years. We must be vigilant to guard against
Yes the sad thing is that social workers were formed to support families and should be welcome callers at any family home.Alas they are now the most hated and feared profession in the UK.A knock on the door from social workers puts fear and dread into the hearts of almost any parent answering it;"Have they come to take our children?" is the first thought of any parent when social workers first come round..............
BARONESS HALE OF RICHMOND in Re B (a child) House of Lords.
20. 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"
Simon Hughes Minister for Justice recently said:-
I therefore want to announce that it is the intention of the Ministry
of Justice, and therefore the government, that we move as soon as is
practical to apply in all our family justice proceedings in England and
Wales where children and young people are concerned the policy that it
will be the normal practice, the norm, that, from the age of 10,
children and young people involved in public or private law family
justice proceedings before the courts will have access to the judge, in
an appropriate way which reflects their feelings and wishes to make
clear their views as to what is the best resolution of the family
dispute in their interest. Children and young people of 10 and over will
therefore be given the chance to make clear their views in person or if
preferred in another way. We will also work with the mediation sector
to arrive at a position where children and young people of 10 years old
and over have appropriate access to mediators too in cases which affect
Why 10? It seems to me wrong that a 10 year old in England and Wales
is deemed old enough to be criminally responsible yet has no automatic
voice in family proceedings in which decisions are being made about
them. Children and young people should be involved and be seen to be
involved. And if a child younger than 10 years is able to express
themselves and wishes to do so then they too should have that
opportunity. Though of course we must also recognise that where a child
or young person is too vulnerable and needs their views to be
represented by others, this also should be the case.
Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults and the
All Party Parliamentary Group for Looked after Children and Care Leavers set up
an inquiry in response to recent concerns about the care and support that
these groups of children currently receive.
inquiry examined the issues around children who go missing from care and how
they can be better protected.
The report outlines why children in care are at risk, finding:
there are just over 65,000 children in
care in England.
Most live in foster care, and 7% live in one of England's 1,810 children's
many of these children have had a
difficult start in life, so are vulnerable and easy prey for exploitative
children in homes are likely to be older,
more vulnerable and are more likely to have complex needs
an estimated 10,000 children go missing
from care every year, many of whom are at risk of being physically or
sexually abused or exploited.
Remember also that since April 2014
the new section 51A of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, makes
provision for applications for contact AFTER an adoption order has been
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.
Here is a list of the main defects !
2:-Taking children into care for future risk
3:-Gagging parents and jailing them if they protest in public.
4-:Gagging children by retricting conversation with parents at contact to nothing controversial, confiscating mobile phones,computers,and preventing access to any post office.
5:-Refusing parents leave to call witnesses
6:-Choosing experts and refusing parents any say in who is chosen or what questions are asked,with no second opinion allowed.
7 :-Branding parents as child abusers on the balance of probabilities that are often founded on mere unproved allegations ,pure gossip or other hearsay .
8:-Lawyers who advise clients to" go along" with social services even when adoptions are planned
9:-Punishing parents and children by separating them even when no crimes have been committed.
10:-Refusing entry to the court to grandparents,step-parents,and close relatives of the parents.
11:-Children taken from parents for alleged “emotional abuse” or risk of it.
12:-Telling wives to split from their husbands(and vice versa) otherwise they will lose their children(when they intend to take the kids anyway).
13:- One bruise,burn,or fracture,the parents are blamed, and the child is taken away;”one strike and you’re out!).If however children complain about sexual abuse and /or severe bruising in fostercare they are disbelieved(despite photos) and ignored as are their parents.
A very fair” baker’sdozen” I reckon !
There comes a like the above when soldiers,policemen,and the like have a duty to refuse to obey an order that is against human rights or is a crime against humanity....
My child was taken by three armed police and a social worker. They pulled this terrified child (who was screaming) from my body and was carried out by the arms. They held my neighbour in the basement of our house at gunpoint. I did not know where this child was for five days but that this frightened youngster neither ate nor slept. My poor child tried to run away when we were in a foreign country and the foster carers refused to ever foster again as they were so distressed. My darling child was shaking like a leaf and kept writing letters begging me to return to me which were given to me, one million pounds in lawyers later and this child is with a paedophile and has not been seen by me for three years. My child disclosed to a psychologist, the police, a GP and myself and my father. There was medical evidence all ignored. My child showed foster carers a very sore bottom after seeing the father but was told adoption would result
if he didn't go and live with father.
The police bruised both arms when they carried out my poor child who threatened suicide in foster care but still they forced this childto give up both mummy and home, move to UK and never see any friends or family again. This child is told he cannot call me mum and that a stranger is now the mother , has no contact with anyone known before other than four short calls a year on speaker phone to me.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WORLD AND JUDGES LIKE HON MRS X.......! Why are they punishing us and our children. All because we dared to report a crime, try to safeguard our children and love them. For this we are jailed, tortured by the system and watch our children being destroyed whilst powerless to help them.
There is constant talk of change but our children are with paedophiles for their childhood! Nothing is changing. Another day of abuse because they dared to disclose. My child says on the abe who is going to make this stop? The police woman says we can't make anything stop. Who else does he ask?
my daughter was snatched like this too but by social workers and she cried and cried saying "my mummy's coming soon and we are going to have tea together". e. A big black man and strange woman took her and reported that she cried the whole 23 miles to her paternal grandmother's house where she cried all weekend then the next time I saw her she had mouth ulcers and cold sores all over her mouth.
It is barbaric this treatment. She was told if she agreed to see daddy she would see mummy more. The rest is history as I haven't seen her for 3 and a half years.
I hate theses people and hope that they rot in hell.
They have ruined my life and took a little girl's mummy away from an innocent child
Christopher Booker writes in the Sunday Telegraph 15/6/2014.
Many people will have been amazed by the story of Maureen Danby, the 72-year
old grandmother given a three month prison sentence after police produced CCTV
footage showing her and her 18-year old granddaughter running to embrace each
other in a pub car park. The granny, who lives in Orkney, had travelled down to
Derby to meet her beloved granddaughter, in defiance of a court order which
since 2007 has only allowed them to have “supervised contact” by telephone once
The girl, said to have a mental age of only nine, is so unhappy in
“care” that according to Mrs Danby she has run away 175 times. She was forbidden
to see her father again after he was jailed for roughly restraining her from
“running into a busy road when she was having a temper tantrum”. He has twice
more since been in prison, once for waving at his daughter when he saw her in a
passing taxi on her way to school.
Martin Cardinal, the Court of Protection
judge who sentenced Mrs Danby, said “I am sure this grandmother needs
restraint”. It was Judge Carcinal who last year made news when it was revealed
that he had secretly jailed Wanda Maddocks for removing her 80-year old father
from a care home in which he had been put by social workers, where he was so
ill-treated there that she feared for his life.
Of all the disturbing
features of our “care” system, one of the most chilling is the draconian
restrictions it imposes on contact between children and loving parents or
grandparents who have not harmed them in any way, If they are allowed to meet at
all, it is usually in a grim council “contact centre”, where every word is noted
by a “contact supervisior”, watching for any breach of the rules which can stop
the “contact” dead.
` I have several of the contracts family members must
sign, before being allowed these”contact sessions”. One is 23 clauses long.
These severely limit or forbid any show of affection by either side.
Conversation must be limited only to “everyday matters”, such as how the
children are doing at school. Virtually nothing the bewildered children want to
discuss is allowed. Totally prohibited is any reference to why they are in
"care", what is to happen to them or how they are being treated (in one case,
where a distressed 11-year old girl told her parents that she was being
sexually abused by a member of the foster carer’s family, they never saw her
No reference can be made to the courts, social workers or any other
“professional” involved in the case. Particularly forbidden is any “whispering”.
Where foreign children are in care, they and their parents are forbidden to use
the language they speak at home, When a Lithuianian grandfather recently flew to
London to see his grandson, he was merely allowed one five-minute exchange on
Skype, using the only three words of English he knew, “I love you”.
contact is allowed at all, the punishments for breaching this can be
astonishingly severe. I have half a dozen cases where mothers were jailed simply
for waving at their children when seeing them by chance in the street. I
recently reported on the mother, still in prison after her desperately unhappy
13-year old daughter had run away from a care home where she was being
physically ill-treated, The mother rang the police, but was careful to have no
direct contact with her daughter, until the police begged to her to go in to
calm the girl down in her brother’s house, where she was screaming and sobbing.
For this the social workers persuaded a judge to jail her for six months. But
the real mystery about this is where the courts and social workers think they
have the legal authority to act in this utterly calllous and inhuman way, If any
lawyer can tell me precisely which law allows them thus to trample on one of the
deepest natural instincts human beings know, I would be very grateful.
also a landmark case where both parents had bad criminal records and
previous domestic violence but still recovered their baby from care !
I can only repeat the simple solution needed to reform our so called “child protection” system …………
NO PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME, end punishment without crime, finish punishment without crime,abolish punishment without crime,scrap punishment without crime,see that no parents are punished by child removal if they have not broken the law protecting children ………….
Do away with “PUNISHMENT WTHOUT CRIME” !!
Here's a video of me explaining my position on forced adoption and the gagging of both parents and children .
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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. !
Diane Cecil manages a team at Essex county council
whose job is to find families for children who are hard to place. "We
have placed many children outside of Essex," she says. "There have been
some voluntary adoption agencies and local authorities that have
provided good post-adoption services, and there have been some that
haven't provided anything at all."
Cecil's team recently placed a
child with an Adoptionplus family after his first adoption broke down
and it was clear he would need ongoing support. "I feel confident … this
little boy and these adoptive parents are being provided with a very
good support service," she says. Although the cost of this type of
placement is high (Adoptionplus charges local authorities £65,000 for
placement and support), she adds that the alternative for the child
would have been long-term foster care, costing the council around
£27,000 per year. "For us, I felt that was a really good investment."
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 ! Why are the parents who ring me to complain that social services have taken their children nearly always right? Because they have very rarely been charged or convicted of an offence against children and PUNISHMENT without CRIME is always WRONG !
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 !