Question It!

At Researching Reform we take the view that parental consent must be a basic ingredient of any Section 20 Agreement, which is by its nature a voluntary arrangement. Failure to secure that consent, to our mind, renders the agreement null and void precisely because it is a voluntary arrangement, which expressly implies a need for consent.

Just as critically, failure to obtain consent acts as a gateway to abuse, allowing social workers to coerce families into child protection proceedings. It is this lack of transparency, and consent, that has led to councils being able to use S.20 Agreements to break the law and take children from parents.

But that’s just one view.

Our question then, is just this: do you think parental consent should be a legal requirement for S.20 Agreements?

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Welcome to another week.

Controversial S.20 Agreements, meant for placing children in local authority accommodation where child protection concerns exist but which have been illegally used to take children into care, are now on the Supreme Court’s radar.

After the Court of Appeal ruled that there was no duty on councils to get parental consent for these agreements, the family involved in this case appealed the decision, and the Justices at the Supreme Court have now granted permission to challenge the ruling.

Section 20 Agreements have been so badly abused by social workers that in April of this year an investigation was launched, which aimed to look at how and why these agreements were being used to coerce families and children into child protection proceedings.

The ruling by the Court of Appeal also contradicts the President of the Family Division’s own guidelines, released in 2015, which explicitly…

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Mother Goes Into Hiding To Stop Her Cancer-Stricken Son Having To Undergo Conventional Medical Treatment 

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Mother Goes Into Hiding To Stop Her Cancer-Stricken Son Having To Undergo Conventional Medical Treatment

A mother in Britain, who was so desperate to stop her cancer-stricken son having to undergo conventional medical treatment that she went into hiding with him…

Source: Mother loses UK legal fight to stop son’s cancer radiotherapy.

LONDON—A mother in Britain, who was so desperate to stop her cancer-stricken son having to undergo conventional medical treatment that she went into hiding with him, lost a court battle on Friday to prevent him receiving radiotherapy.

The case of Sally Roberts, 37, a New Zealander living in Brighton, southern England, and the plight of her seven-year-old son has made headlines in Britain.

Roberts wants to try alternative treatments first, including immunotherapy and photodynamic therapy for her son Neon. She has been told the boy needs treatment fast but fears the side-effects

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Media Call For Charities Working With Child Poverty.

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News channel, France 2, which is the equivalent of our BBC, is producing a news report on child poverty in the UK and is looking for charities based in London, Birmingham, Manchester and beyond, who would be willing to speak with the reporters.

Their interest springs from the latest figures published by the UK government which suggest that around 4 million children are considered to be living in poverty in the country. France 2 would like to investigate this development and shed light on what they feel is an extremely important issue.

Ideally, the France team would like to talk to someone from a charity and to a family who could explain the challenges they face.

The media team at France 2 is incredibly thoughtful and considerate. Researching Reform has worked with them for several years and they are genuinely caring and interested journalists, professional and lovely to work with. We…

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Researching Reform Meets Legal Action For Women

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Legal Action For Women (LAW) very kindly invited Researching Reform to come to their office in Kentish Town yesterday, to talk about child welfare.

Dedicated to offering support for low income women, Legal Action For Women garnered media attention this year after publishing a report entitled, ‘Suffer The Little Children‘, which looks at some of the underlying causes for the sharp rise in the removal of children from their mothers inside the Family Justice System.

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We met with Anne Neale, co-author of the report, and Kim, who talked to us about the work they do, the campaigns they are currently working on and the organisation’s continued efforts to lobby government in order to raise awareness around the importance of motherhood.

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LAW is currently working in several different areas, including the Children and Social Work Bill and its content on adoption, service privatisation and the ‘opt out clause’.

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