Category Archives: Social Services

COURT HEARINGS in December illustrate how the UK’s ‘child protection’ system is an international scandal

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‘BACK for CHRISTMAS’ for STOLEN UK & FOREIGN CHILDREN

3 Court Hearings in December illustrate how the UK’s ‘child protection’ system is an international scandal

US mother Melissa Laird[i] is listed for a hearing on 5 December 2013 in the High Court to address the ‘substance of her case’ and to ‘exercise her rights of appeal’. Due to torturous prison conditions in HMP Holloway including being beaten up[ii], she was seriously prevented from advancing her legal affairs. This included contact with her son from whom she was separated in December 2011, when he was 4 years-old. She was advised to plead ‘guilty’ to ‘abduction of a child’, her own, after having relocated from the UK to Spain; in May 2011 Barnet Council had issued a European Arrest Warrant. She was arrested when she took her son to hospital in Alicante in December. In March 2012, Family Judge Mayer ordered that contact was at the discretion of Barnet Council who deemed it best not to arrange for any contact at all, contrary to the Children’s Act 1989 and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Nigerian couple Gloria and Chiwar Musa[iii] were also imprisoned after their children had been forcefully removed by 8 Police Officers of Haringey Council. The goal is the same: keep the children for foster ‘care’, dispensing with the consent of the parents for forced adoption[iv] or punishment without crime[v] and finally deport the parents. Their appeal hearing is listed on 6 December 2013.  Continue reading

THE SOVEREIGN asks the Prime Minister to consider the points we raise

13 09 13 PalaceThe Palace is always reliable: you get a response and your letter gets passed on. The question is whether the Ministers responsible end up thinking and writing. Mr Cameron passed our letter on to Edward Timpson MP who wrote this response. Let’s see whether we’ll get another letter.

In my experience, it’s all a firewall designed to fob off. Let them do whatever they are doing – who cares about the consequences or the damages inflicted.

However, lobbying consists in ‘converting’ others. Given the web now, we can help by sending relevant links. The ‘conversion game’ is different on the web with its memory and the mainstream press that becomes fish wrapping paper the next day… Continue reading

TO EDWARD TIMPSON MP: Return our Stolen Children – our letter to the Prime Minister

Authors considering attachment in non-western ...

Authors considering attachment in non-western cultures have noted the connection of attachment theory with Western family and child care patterns characteristic of Bowlby’s time. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dear Minister

Re 2013/0049277ETPO

Your response to our letter to the Prime Minister is helpful in the sense that we are encouraging parents to quote it and hold Social Services and Judges to the law that you refer to. For in our observation the public authorities are far from complying with the Rule of Law! Hence I published it on our site.

However, your letter is distinctly not helpful for

  • The 50 children who die in ‘care’, as you have admitted in Parliament
    • Do the perpetrators ever get prosecuted?
  • The 10,000 children who go missing from ‘care’, as your Parliamentary Groups published;
    • Who compensates them and their families?
  • The uncounted children who get abused in ‘care’ as published in What our judges forget when they send children into care.
    • Do you want to wait until they find their biological parents and haunt you via Facebook?

And your letter is certainly not helpful for all those parents who lost their children and therefore sign petitions, participated in the demonstration outside Downing Street, join Facebook groups, publish videos and websites and generally expose what Christopher Booker has referred to repeatedly as an international scandal. This is best demonstrated by EDM 345: International Concerns about UK Law. Continue reading

ABOLITION of Adoptions without Parental Consent – our Requests to the EU Parliament

13 05 31 EU PetitionAs long as the Secretary of State for Education, Edward Timpson MP, thinks that 50 children dying in ‘care’ a year is a low figure, we clearly must educate him about other ways of thinking / feeling and looking at the situation.

As Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of Looked After Children & Care Leavers and Vice Chairman of the APPG for Runaway Missing Children, he knows about their report about 10,000 children going missing from care every year. Does he care???

I heard him brag about ‘our system’. He gave evidence before the Education Select Committee, when it was investigating child ‘protection’. We had submitted our portfolio of nine cases. Edward Timpson MP said that the UK system was so good that he wanted to export it to Barbados of all places!

Well, there are a LOT of people out there who don’t think so. Above all, the parents and grandchildren whose children and grandchildren have been taken, those who are imprisoned on top of it and everybody who has a heart and the ability and willingness to see through the myths and obfuscation beyond the secrecy – as a cloak to criminality?

Trying to assist victims is a long and arduous process. But when we hear one drama after another, we obviously have to try to ‘change the system’. Of course, lots of people will say that it’s not worth it. But we’ll only know after having tried!

So, here’s the link to the text.

And here’s the link to the petitions that you are invited to sign / share / like / tweet, if you feel like supporting our efforts and show to MEPs that not everybody knows, but LOTS of people view petitions before less than 10% sign.

Eventually, we need a McKenzie Friend associated with every law firm to turn victims into starfighters! And instead of propagating ‘austerity’, let the Government become Compensator of Last Resort; for Now it’s a social worker for every child – in Scotland!!!…

McKENZIE SUCCESS: Permission to Appeal an Adoption Order GRANTED

It was only thanks to a major team effort that this could happen today:

And then:

  1. travelling to the mother whose two daughters were taken by… I shall refrain from naming and shaming the Council for now; they know who they are…
  2. submitting an Application for Contact (form C100 – obtainable from your local court or online here!!!)
  3. digging into her life story and building trust – despite all her bad experiences
  4. attending a ‘Directions’ hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice
  5. reminding Social Services to comply to the order made
  6. learning to use Google docs to co-author a ‘skeleton argument and amended grounds for appeal’ and submit it in time
  7. getting ready for a hearing about the Permission to Appeal
  8. visiting Social Services who had not complied to the Order
  9. producing a ‘Position Statement’ – just in case – for ‘the other side’ were going to produce something…
  10. submitting the McKenzie CV and asking for ‘right of audience’ which was granted. [Since it's up to the discretion of the judge, one never knows...]

The mother came out crying with, I presume a mix of joy and relief, for “she got it”: the permission to appeal. The Appeal will be heard in nearly 3 months: in May 2013.

The key is the precedent case made by Judge Munby, the current President of the Family Division who had said [para 44, iv]

to take a baby at birth is a dreadful thing: dreadful for the father, the mother and the baby…

It refers to this case in the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg which emphasised at paras [116], [131], [133],

that the removal of a child from his mother at or shortly after birth is a “draconian” and “extremely harsh” measure, requiring “exceptional justification” and “extraordinarily compelling reasons” under Article 8.

PS. Our meeting with Austin Mitchell MP in the afternoon is on this blog post.

You’ve suffered ‘care’; hence you can’t be a good parent

First they take the children. Then they take the children’s children. All in the interest of ‘the child’…

Christopher Booker tells the real live story of a 17-year-old mother who was brought up in ‘care’ – the reason for not being allowed to raise her child…

What is it:

  • institutional schizophrenia?
  • any reason to justify as much child snatching as possible?
  • following orders?
  • greed for money?
  • fear of losing one’s job in a Local Authority?

Go figure… Find out for yourself… Google on Facebook, YouTube…

What could the best McKenzie Friends do? Our only successes, so far, have happened because and when participated in meetings between parents and Social Services – BEFORE they took the parents to the secret family courts.

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