Judge Who Called Barnsley Social Workers Nazis Praised By Locals.

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The Crown Court judge who called Barnsley’s social workers Nazis after they subjected a six year old girl to inhumane treatment shortly after her mother died, was once tipped to be Mayor Of Grimsby because of his ‘no nonsense’ approach to cases.

Judge Robert Moore, who was set to retire this year, made a surprise comeback in June. Ongoing praise by locals in Grimsby led to residents nominating him for mayor, though he never ran for the position. According to Grimsby Live, a local paper in the area, Moore is now working as a deputy circuit judge, sitting regularly at Sheffield Crown Court, which is where he likened Barnsley’s social workers to members of Hitler’s SS party.

Judge Moore’s comments about Barnsley’s social workers received nationwide support from parents going through the family justice system, who called the judge a hero on social media. The comments also sparked a reaction…

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Parents Rail Against Big Business Inside The Family Courts.

What’s needed, is a guide not only to ‘Companies House’ but how parents can find out for themselves who the greedy culprits are and we need a blog or website dedicated to this alone if there is no such thing in place already xx

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Parents going through child protection proceedings inside the family courts have reacted angrily after an investigation revealed a huge spike in profits within the foster care sector. The findings come just as new research published, confirms that forced adoption of newborns has more than doubled, with no clear indication as to why so many babies are being removed.

According to The Sun, the foster care industry, which is valued at £1.7billion, has seen a sharp rise in foster care companies backed by large private equity funds sweeping up taxpayers’ cash. The report also mentions the latest stats on children taken into care, which show a 34% rise in the number of removals, to more than 10,000 children being placed in care, a record number for one single year.

The article in The Sun features families who have experienced child protection proceedings and who are also outraged by the findings. Some…

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Social Worker: We Shouldn’t Be Using A Parent’s History To Justify Adoption

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A social worker choosing to remain anonymous, has produced a brilliantly intelligent and deeply sensitive piece looking at the human rights conflicts within adoption.

The social worker, writing for Community Care, describes his own personal struggle with involuntary, or forced, adoption, the way in which decisions are made and most importantly, the threshold used to remove a child from his or her parents.

In the piece, the social worker observes several problems with the current practice of adoption, which will be familiar to families and children who have experienced the process:

“I am required to assess the possible risk, which is hard when the child has not yet been born.”

“I have reflected and realised I do not think history equates to threshold for permanent adoption.”

“The parents [in the case] have a good awareness of the severity of the situation but I can’t help thinking that things have…

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via “A Mother Got On Her hands And Knees In Court And Begged Me… Please Don’t Take My Children Away.”

If the system is not broken, then why is so much being covered up, even when ones have got the evidence? Why are parents being gagged to cover up the truth. (Thinking of the recent Case with Beth locked up with Autism, whose Council ‘tried to’ gag her dad and did not suceed) which has got the whole world’s attention as i understand it.

It’s just unbelievable and the children whose parents have taken their own lives, won’t be growing up thanking the state for their often cruel intervention! They’ll be speaking out instead! Fair play to them.

How will these children whose entire future lives have been decided and ruined, where children have been wrongly taken feel when they are old enough to learn this Judge has only cried once while they are no doubt crying daily just like the wronged parents who are grieving too.

I cry each time i learn of another child taken. I have a heart! xx

“A Mother Got On Her hands And Knees In Court And Begged Me… Please Don’t Take My Children Away.”

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“A Mother Got On Her hands And Knees In Court And Begged Me… Please Don’t Take My Children Away.”

If the system is not broken, then why is so much being covered up, even when ones have got the evidence? Why are parents being gagged to cover up the truth. (Thinking of the recent Case with Beth locked up with Autism, whose Council ‘tried to’ gag her dad and did not suceed) which has got the whole world’s attention as i understand it.

It’s just unbelievable and the children whose parents have taken their own lives, won’t be growing up thanking the state for their often cruel intervention! They’ll be speaking out instead! Fair play to them.

How will these children whose entire future lives have been decided and ruined, where children have been wrongly taken feel when they are old enough to learn this Judge has only cried once while they are no doubt crying daily just like the wronged parents who are grieving too.

I cry each time i learn of another child taken. I have a heart! xx

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A programme on BBC One airing tonight at 7.30pm, looks at the effect cuts to legal aid have had on access to justice. The Inside Out West series also features an interview with Judge Stephen Wildblood, who sits in the family court at Bristol. The judge talks about the growing number of parents who attend court without legal representation, and his experiences working on care orders.

In a preview for the show, which was posted on Twitter yesterday, Judge Wildblood tells the presenter:

“A mother got on her hands and knees in court and begged me… “please don’t take my children away.” She said she would end her life if I made the orders.”

Wildblood also reflects on the state of the family courts during the interview:

“I don’t think the system is broken, and the judges wouldn’t allow it to be broken. Whether the overall process is…

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Forced Adoption Of Babies More Than Doubles, National Study Of Newborns Reveals.

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The first ever national study of newborns in England has revealed that the number of babies taken into care who are less than one week old, has more than doubled in a decade. In most instances, babies would have been taken from their mothers while still in hospital.

The research, which was carried out by Professor Karen Broadhurst, on behalf of the Nuffield Foundation, and which used data supplied by CAFCASS, found that care proceedings were issued for 1,039 newborns in 2007/8, (32% of all cases involving an infant age under 1 year). However, this number had more than doubled at 2,447 newborns (42% of all infant cases), by 2017.

The study also reveals marked differences in relation to the rates of babies being taking into care across regions in England. These variations have become a common feature of children’s social work practice across the country.

Despite the differences…

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Government To Hold Debate On Children’s Social Care

The debate is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 9th October. We’ll update you with more details as soon as they’re available

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Members of Parliament will hold a debate in the House of Commons on children’s social care next week. The topic was selected by the Backbench Business Committee, and the discussion on the day will be opened by Tim Loughton, MP.

Westminster Hall debates usually feature a motion, and take place in the Grand Committee Room. The events are free and open to the general public to watch, with entrance worked out on a first come, first served basis.

The motion for this debate hasn’t been made public yet, with Parliament’s website only offering the detail that this is going to be a ‘general’ debate on social care. Such a wide scope could make the conversation superficial at best given the limited amount of time that MPs will have to talk over issues, however the Committee should offer more information closer to the event.

The debate is scheduled to take place…

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Child Deaths Reveal Worrying Levels Of Inaction Across The UK

We would expect a great deal of uncertainty around unexplained deaths, but we would not expect such ambiguity in cases where children die of conditions which have been identified. This then, make the modifiable factors indicator within child abuse and neglect deaths deeply worrying, and could suggest that councils are failing children at the most critical level.

Many thanks to Nicky for sharing these stats with us.

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The latest figures from the Department of Education reveal that the number of reviews into child deaths have fallen a little since last year, and the number of reviews completed within 12 months of a child’s death has increased. The number of deaths attributed to non accidental injuries, child and abuse and neglect was 47, with the largest number of deaths (2,931) due to medical reasons.

The most controversial aspect of these figures lies within the ‘modifiable factors’ indicator. This refers to deaths which could have been prevented and often come about as a result of actions not taken and things that could have been done to prevent those deaths, but weren’t. A working definition of modifiable factors are those, where, if actions could be taken through national or local interventions, the risk of future child deaths could be reduced.

While deaths related to medical conditions featured the highest number…

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