Voice of the Child Podcast with Legal Action for Women

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In our third podcast, the Voice of the Child speaks with Legal Action for Women’s Anne Neale and Tracey Norton, on emerging themes and patterns they are seeing in child welfare cases.

Assisting women who have experienced domestic violence, and lost their children to forced adoption, Anne and Tracey come across dangerous levels of malpractice in the divorce and child protection proceedings they assist on.

LAW says the trauma suffered by the children and mothers in these cases is never taken into account by judges or child welfare professionals.

In this interview, we discuss the phenomenon of children and mothers being unjustly separated in family law proceedings, and the growing movement around post adoption contact applications being made by birth families.

Many thanks to Anne and Tracey for coming on to the programme.

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You can listen to the podcast here. 

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Disrupted Adoptions – What Councils Don’t Want You To Know

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Adoption was once viewed as the best solution for children in care, but research has proven that the only winners are councils and companies investing in the process.

While the world has become familiar with the UK government’s misguided practices when it comes to adoption – from financial incentives and targets for placing children, to taking children from birth parents without their consent – the phenomenon of disrupted adoptions has been kept quiet by agencies and local authorities with a vested interested in child placements.

This secrecy also validates the myth that adoptions are permanent, and are never undone. But adoptive families can give children back, and they are doing so at an alarming rate.

The technical term for this is adoption disruption, and happens when an adoption falls through, or adoptive parents decide to give their adopted children back to the agencies which hosted them.

Whether by omission or…

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Concerns Raised Over Quality of Care Children Receive in Fostering and Adoption Placements

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A growing number of parents with children in care have become concerned that their children are being left to play violent video games while in fostering and adoption settings.

Children as young as seven are being left alone by carers to play video games with graphic violence, which birth parents say have led to their children displaying increased levels of aggression and anger.

A father told this site, “My son desperately wanted to stay in my care, but his wishes and feelings were ignored. After some time in foster care, he was a changed person. He began to show signs of aggression and depression after he became addicted to a violent video game. I was blamed for this happening, even though I was not looking after him.”

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Children’s requests to remain in contact with their birth families as they go through family court proceedings are routinely being ignored by the family courts, leading to children threatening to commit suicide.

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Speaking to Researching Reform, one mother said:

“My children haven’t been put first once. My 7 year old threatened to kill himself last month because they won’t let him come home. My 5 year old asks to come home at every contact. They’ve cut my contact, so I only see my boys 2 hours a week and my little girl 3 hours a week. I’m devastated. I’m a domestic abuse survivor. I’ve done all the courses off my own back but my social worker…

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Research Finds Covert Facebook Use Rife Among Family Social Workers

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What happens, when any of us have it in writing in a letter or through a Sars Request where it states they will continue to monitor us, so openly admitting it (using mental health as a reason/excuse to not take too much notice where emails were shared about re what got posted between several professionals who work for the Council and after being falsely diagnosed anyway at the time a parent had Social Services involved prior) so would be considered as sharing false information to third parties perhaps to discredit us.

I can also inform you, that it appears our phone calls can be/can be considered to be monitored to your Council. This is something I can evidence where it’s appearing our names are red flagged, and the problem is then that the places or professionals it has got shared with can amount to slander, or at least your Council holding inaccurate information on you when you had already got falsely diagnosed through Court proceedings xx

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But a piece by The Times in March confirmed that some British social workers were breaking the law by covertly surveying and accessing private information about service users through platforms like Facebook. The Times referenced a government-funded study also produced by the University of Birmingham which found social workers had used fake profiles to “friend” parents in cases where their…

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The finding raises serious concerns about whether social services are making false allegations around service users’ mental health in order to remove children from parents.

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