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I Took His Hand and Followed – A mother’s plea to social services

Genius. Sent shivers down my spine Xxxx

Researching Reform

Researching Reform is humbled to spotlight creative submissions from child protection experienced parents and children, and it’s our pleasure to share today’s featured poem written by a mother whose child was removed from her care.

The mother, whose name has been withheld in line with reporting restrictions, adapted her submission from an old poem whose author is unknown, called “I Took His Hand and Followed”. The poem describes the deep joy parents feel when they are with their children.

This is what she told us about her version of the poem:

“I hope it may serve to illustrate the snowball effect of social services’ involvement (Isabelle Trowler’s “Conveyor belt to care”), to show how the stress of that involvement causes poor parenting, and also highlight the importance of letterbox contact. I would really like to dedicate this poem in loving memory of Bridgey Rooney, may God rest her soul.”

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Save the date: Children and Families Truth Commission meet-up

I’ll be there Xx

Researching Reform

Britain’s first parent-led Truth Commission looking at children’s social care is holding its monthly Zoom on Sunday 8 May at 5pm. Attendees can get involved with the work of the commission and can ask its members any questions they wish about the commission during these calls. We’d love you to be there.

This month we’re putting together a questionnaire for child welfare and family court experienced families and children. During the event we’ll be asking you for your thoughts on the questionnaire, how we can make it better and hearing your requests about anything else you may want from the commission.

The hour-long event will be introduced and hosted by the CFTC’s lead, Michele Simmons, who is a care experienced mother. She will be joined by commission team members Simon Haworth and ourselves (Researching Reform – Natasha Phillips).

We will:

  • Share updates about the commission’s work
  • Discuss the questionnaire, so…

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