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Family court judge ignores genetic disorder, removes baby from mother in deeply concerning case

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A family court judge made a care order against a mother after deciding she had inflicted non-accidental injuries to her baby, who is now two years old. In hearing the mother’s request to appeal, the Court of Appeal agreed with the lower court judge’s findings and dismissed the appeal.

This is a deeply concerning case, for several reasons including that:

  • The judge failed to properly investigate the midwife’s claim that the baby had not been accidentally twisted during birth, after being born with a fractured clavicle and extensive bruising as a result of a potentially negligent forceps delivery;
  • The judge and lawyers to the case were not aware of research on pre-mobile bruising which indicates that such bruising is more common in babies than government policy suggests;
  • The judge and lawyers to the case were unaware of the Resolutions Model, which keeps families together and should be applied in cases…

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Children and Families Truth Commission publishes support guide for supervised contact

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The Children and Families Truth Commission (CFTC) has published a guide offering support to parents and children who are experiencing supervised contact.

The guide has been written by Rachel Wigfall, a child protection-experienced mother who wanted to offer families support during supervised contact after her own experience with this kind of child contact.

While the Commission is very clear on the importance of reducing unjust child removals and inappropriate orders for supervised contact, it is also aware that many families are having to experience this form of contact and so additional support may be welcome.

The Commission also encourages the submission of guides and other documents produced by care and family court-experienced parents and children, and Rachel is a mother with family court experience.

This is what Rachel says about the guide:

“I created a leaflet for parents having supervised contact as I do not believe there is much support…

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