Simon Haworth, a lecturer in social work at Birmingham University and a core member of the Best Interests of the Child Review (BIC) has warned the government not to crack down on families in the wake of the deaths of Arthur and Star.

The piece, published in Community Care yesterday, follows Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi’s calls to remove children from parents if there is “even an inkling of harm.”

As well as explaining why child removal on “inkling of harm” grounds is illegal, Simon also sets out several powerful arguments pushing for more humane social care and less investigations into families in Britain.

The piece is very much worth a read, and both Michele Simmons who is a core member of BIC, and Researching Reform were very generously invited by Simon to offer our feedback on the piece prior to publication.

You can read Simon’s article here.