In a letter published in The Guardian today, Legal Action For Women has called out the government on their child protection policies, accusing it of using vulnerable families to enable vast profits through the privatisation of children’s homes and fostering agencies.
They very kindly sent us the article, which was co written by the Support Not Separation Coalition and Single Mothers’ Self-Defence, so we are adding it below:
“There is widespread condemnation (Letters, 20 June) at Trump separating immigrant children from their families. But in the UK, away from the public gaze, social workers escorted by police take terrified children from their mothers every day. Louise Tickle urges a “complete reset of attitudes in children’s social care away from removing children and towards supporting families” (Opinion, 15 June).
Our self-help mothers’ group receives calls daily from desperate women whose children or grandchildren have been removed or are being adopted against their will – forced adoptions are the highest in Europe – on speculative and biased assumptions of “emotional harm and neglect”.
In a recent ruling, Judge Mostyn was scathing about a, “44-page witness statement”, by a Carmarthenshire social worker “very long on rhetoric … but very short indeed on any concrete examples of where and how the mother’s judgment had been deficient”. Examples of “emotional harm” he rejected as “inconsequential and trivial” included failing to take her son out for ice cream and to arrange for him to have the hair cut he liked.
What drives social workers to prioritise taking children on such heartbreakingly spurious grounds? The practice follows the money. Tickle says that “half of the country’s entire public spending on children is going on those 73,000 children [in care]”. But she doesn’t say that 80% of children’s homes and 40% of foster care have been privatised. Thus millions are spent on feeding an increasingly privatised and growing child protection industry: over £2,000 a week for each child in institutional care; at least £450 for foster care.
The law offers a humane alternative. Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 instructs local authorities to provide support, including financial, to families so they can stay together; the Care Act 2014 entitles disabled mothers to extra help. But these provisions are hardly ever applied. Thus the “corporate parent” is paid vast sums to replace the impoverished mother (86% of austerity cuts have fallen on women). The way the law is implemented is an abuse of power and must be stopped.”
Nina Lopez Jones Support Not Separation Coalition, Anne Neale Legal Action for Women, Kim Sparrow Single Mothers’ Self-Defence
Dr. Manhattan. said:
Quite a riveting read.
parents of stolen children will welcome more of this and sooner rather than later. every christmas, Easter and birthday without their children is simply inhuman and severe cruelty to loving parents who never wanted their children taken from them. many being grinded through the Corrupt Family courts for 12 to 18 months yet they held out in the hope they might beat the LA and see their children returned.but 95% of the time it was all in Vein.
This is not how life was intended on this Earth. out in Nature wildlife is allowed to care for their young without interference and fend off any predators with deadly force if needed.Something Humans have had taken away from them.
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Glad the mainstream media have called out the Government on the child protection racket good ould Guardian we need to share this far and wide.
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Unfortunately Neoliberalism has created a ‘market’ for children. Beyond the commercial gains is a deeper purpose which in my view is the continued obfuscation of Organised Ritual Crime Abuse Networks (run by Satanists, Luciferians and/or commercial abusers).
I posted on my blog about the 5th anniversary of a particular chilling Child Smuggling case where seemingly three individual got ‘bumped off’ to facilitate staging of a daytime toddler rape. A police officer in Kingston-upon-Thames brainwashed the mother into delaying any report of a sexual assault for several weeks ostensibly as a, too dangerous to go up alone against her father (a suspected ‘Mr Big’ in the Paedo scene) and b, in order to enable an Undercover Operation so that he would get caught and sentenced ‘for life’. In the event a corrupt NHS Psychiatrist, who is an associate of the perpetrator, claimed that the mother was ‘delusional’ about this assault and also delusional about carrying out t age 13 a baby that succeeded from incestuous rape. The baby disappeared within a few days after the (unregistered) birth. The judge and the mother recognised each other from an encounter in her teenage years.
I have delivered more than 25 conference presentations across Europe on the topic but the BPS Military Psychology Conference rejected my submissions:
The public is taken for a ride in so many spheres of life!
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Ian Josephs said:
Telling social workers to rethink their attitude is like telling pigs to cut down their appetites ! It’s not going to happen!
What we need first is legislation.A new law making it illegal to take a child from its parents unless one of them has committed a significant crime against a child or been charged with one.In the latter case ,if the verdict is “not guilty” then the child should be returned at once..
That is how it used to be before the introduction of child snatching social workers and police were left to handle child cruelty quietly and efficiently without civilian interference ;. This is one instance where we really do need to “turn the clock back”
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My daughter is a therapist who has scant respect for social workers who,, in her experience, exacerbate problems of their own making and take little or no notice of the advice or opinion of qualified experts with years of specialised training in the behavioural problems of children and young people.
The one thing social workers and the law fail to understand is that above all things; children need NURTURING – and this includes the love that comes naturally to 99.99% of all birth mothers for the children they carry for nine months under their hearts and then give birth to. Only those who have experienced this can understand the torment and anguish of mothers who suffer the utter despair of having their children forcibly removed from their care; to which must be added the trauma suffered by the children.
Too much credence is given to those who – ‘think’ they know best, while not enough is given to natural common-sense. Today’s news highlights what happened when experts were believed in the cases of premature death among some elderly patients; I know there have been others in Wales where families had to accept what the experts told them when they knew in their hearts that all was not what it appeared.
I helped one such family extract an apology from West Wales Glangwili Hospital some two years after the death of their elderly father. That would have failed too, but for the tenacious courage of the daughter-in-law whom I knew as Susan after she got in touch with me when I was chair of what was Carmarthenshire Older People’s Partnership, a campaigning group acting on behalf of older people until 2010.
It should not require the tenacious courage of family members to get to the truth. Help should be there for the bereaved, but even better – there should be legal restraints in place to prevent gross misconduct – whether against children, their parents or elderly patients. .
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Ian Josephs said:
Remember when you tell these “professionals” that you “love “your children, that for social workers and their kind,”love” is a word they never use.They prefer to talk of “bonding ” with children in care,a word more applicable to the players in professional football teams like Arsenal or Manchester United who certainly “bond” with each other but rarely love each other ! Best to IGNORE social workers telling them politely “I am very sorry but I have been advised not to speak to you “
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