Is the system failing parents?

suesspiciousminds

Unlike most newspaper headlines that pose a question, to which the answer turns out to be “no”, this particular article from the Guardian ends up with the answer “yes”, and I would agree with it.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/25/are-we-failing-parents-whose-children-are-taken-into-care

I do complain often about how the mainstream press report on care proceedings, but this piece is a good example of how it can be done properly.

Firstly, when reporting on a particular judgment, the piece provides a link to the judgment itself, so that the readers can if they wish read the source material.

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/OJ/2014/B158.html

Second, the account of the judgment holds up as being accurate even after you’ve read the judgment itself.

And third, rather than a single source story (which is specifically against the code that journalists have signed up to), this particular journalist, Louise Tickle, has taken the trouble to go and speak to a variety of sources to inform…

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