Landmark case in Jersey finds child removal breached family’s human rights

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Social services and police were found to have breached a family’s human rights after removing four children from their homes without cause.

The landmark case which was heard in Jersey, began when one of the children made a comment about a sibling’s sleeping arrangement.

Social services were accused of over-reacting and not following proper procedure, including failing to tell the mother that the section 20 agreement she had signed could be revoked at any time.

There is also a suggestion that the mother may have been forced into signing the temporary accommodation agreement for her children.

The rising movement in courts and among child welfare reformers investigating violations of families’ human rights inside child protection sectors across states is a positive development and one which we hope will continue to grow.

A very good summary of the case can be found on the Jersey Edition of the Bailiwick Express.


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