Widely respected and considered to be the leading McKenzie Friend for family matters, Shaun O’Connell over at Southern Family Aid has asked us to highlight an issue which may be a growing cause for concern within the family courts.
It seems that there is an increased use in the family justice system at the moment of hair strand testing of children, despite clear evidence which shows that these tests on their own can be unreliable. There is a good summary on this issue over at the McKenzie Blog, which mentions case law and precedent on the matter.
In the wake of DNA Testing firm Trimega Labs going bust due largely to the changes in legal aid which made the service unsustainable, it seems that other paternity, drug and alcohol testing companies are seeking to cash in on the potential to test children for the presence of drugs and alcohol in their system.
The trouble with this area is that hair strand testing in children is still a very new area, riddled with complications including the method in which these tests have to be carried out and the way in which the process might affect children generally.
Little is yet known about the extent of this practice. If you or your family, or anyone you know has been involved in hair strand testing of little ones, do let us know by posting below. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can either indicate that you would like your post not to be published (we hold all our comments before we publish them), or email us at Sobk13 at gmail dot com.