Advocacy group Support Not Separation is holding its monthly demonstration outside the Central Family Court in London today.
The protests hope to raise awareness about the way mothers and children experiencing poverty are discriminated against inside Britain’s family courts.
SNS is a movement created by support service Legal Action for Women (LAW). The demos take place on the first Wednesday of every month.
LAW says women living under the poverty line are targeted by social services who remove a disproportionate number of children from their care, on grounds which are often questionable. The organisation says the incidence of removal increases when a mother experiences intimate partner violence (domestic abuse).
LAW has found that children in these cases are frequently placed with the abusive parent, against the wishes of the child who is either fearful for their own safety or the safety of the non-abusive parent.
The demonstration takes place today from 12.30pm – 1.30pm, outside the London Family Court: First Ave House, 42-49 High Holborn, WC1V 6NP. Twitter users can engage with the demonstration by following and tweeting @NotSeparation.
1,000% behind these mums.
We as a nation should be absolutely ashamed at the poverty that mums are put in this situation due to poor benefit funding.
The children are the future of our nation.
Mums need ALL the wrap around support, and that means COMPASSIONATE support, both in parenting, finance, and practical.
N I worked with single
parents for 15 years, that merited this service.
What a joy, to see them FLOURISH as a family, and indeed THRIVED, when these mechanisms were in place.
Seeing many of these mums today,
who went on to train in childcare,
Know taking up various positions in childcare and education,
truly is humbling, and a joy to observe.
Parenting, is the hidden treasure our nation is void of seeing.
Parents should never be put in a position of POVERTY.
Parents should be elevated to a place in our nation
Where they are treasured.
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Good..it is 100pc TRUE. A good thing too. But, sorry I can’t attend whilst I’m out of the UK. I am a victim of such discrimination too. Thanks Kelvin
The same happens to single fathers.
It would be helpful to undertake a ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS of this so as to address the cause and not the symptom.
This quote could be a helpful starting point, Brock Chisholm first Director-General of the World Health Organisation and friend and colleague of eugenicist and Fabian Julian Huxley, author of the founding document of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, stated
i. “To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men, their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism and religious dogmas.”;
Bridget Doman said:
This has been going on for many years so why do successive governments of any political persuasion not only allow it to keep happening but clearly encourage it, even when considering the financial costs let alone the social and family aspect?
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Ian Josephs said:
If you protest outside a court you should say what the court needs to do ! Obviously the family court cannot end poverty but it COULD stop taking children away from law abiding parents .”No punishment without crime ” is easy to understand and well within the power of the courts to implement .
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As a single mother, and a victim of DV, I can state from experience that yes, social workers certainly do side with the abusive parent. And, from meeting numerous other survivors I am aware of a paradigm: SOCIAL SERVICES ROUTINELY REMOVE CHILDREN FROM VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AND PLACE THEM IN THE SOLE CARE OF PERPETRATORS. As everyone with any knowledge of DV knows that evidence shows perpetrators are likely to also hurt their children one has to ask – are social workers, mostly young women, falling for the charms of coercive controlling abusers, mostly men, or is there an actual intention to cause maximum damage to children???????????