Tag Archive: Social Services

Sep 11

Medway Council’s Emotional Abuse

A mother who says her two youngest children were wrongly taken into care by Medway Council was given a six-month suspended prison sentence at the end of last month by Judge Richard Polden Sara Root told Christian Voice her children were taken seven years ago for ‘emotional abuse’. District Judge Graham Green made a judgment …

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Aug 31

Muslim Tower Hamlets foster carers in storm over Christian child

A child in care from a Christian family was placed in care with a strict Muslim foster family who ridiculed her Christian beliefs, according to reports. The child, who cannot be named because of family court rules, was placed in foster care by social workers in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Social Services sent …

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Jul 19

Medway dispute Mother guilty of ‘contempt’

A mother in dispute with social services was found guilty yesterday of contempt of court.  The case has not yet concluded so we shall refer to her as ‘SR’. Sitting at Maidstone County Court, in open court, Judge Richard Polden held ‘SR’ had  breached an injunction forbidding her from naming her children and reporting on …

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Jun 13

Tories promise family courts reform

The Conservative Party promised reform of the family courts in their manifesto following a rooftop protest. It is of course open to argument whether the manifesto commitment was a response to the protest at the home of Edward Timpson.  Mr Timpson was Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families in the previous government.  It follows he …

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Jan 18

Family Court Restrictions: father ‘in contempt’

The defendant before a similar case in January

A father fighting a local authority in the family court narrowly escaped jail for contempt of court yesterday. We may only identify him as ‘EL’ and his fourteen-year-old son as ‘J’ on instruction from Judge Richard Scarratt, pursuant to rules designed to protect the secrecy of the family courts. [At the time of writiing, we …

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Jan 17

Father fighting Medway Council faces jail for contempt

Medway Council is asking a court to jail a father for contempt of court after he posted a picture of his in-care son online. Medway Council took son into care Canterbury Family Court heard the father, a concert pianist, had breached an order made by Mrs Justice Theis in 2015 banning him, or anyone, from …

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Oct 11

Transport Police in the dock

British Transport Police have been accused of a gross miscarriage of justice in a misconduct hearing. Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Alun Thomas chaired a tribunal which dismissed an officer whose children were wrongly taken into care last year after their eldest son made a false allegation of abuse against him and his wife. The couple, …

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Sep 12

Judge: ‘Not Guilty’ doesn’t mean ‘Innocent’

Update 22/09/2016: Click here for Council look anew at care case. A senior family court judge told a court last Friday (9th September 2016) that a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict in the criminal court did not mean the defendants were innocent. Judge Rosalind Bush said a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict merely meant the jury had not been …

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Jun 21

Bexley opposes children’s return

By Stephen Green (Update 22nd November 2016: At the latest hearing yesterday, instead of agreeing to a plan to return the children forthwith, the local authority opposed it.  There will now be a contested hearing in early March 2017.  So the injustice and the emotional harm being done to the children by Bexley continues, at …

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Jun 07

Worcestershire loses adoption bid

By Stephen Green A local authority has lost its bid to put four children from a Christian home up for adoption. Sitting in Worcester Family Court in Worcester’s impressive old Shire Hall building, His Honour Judge Richard Rundell ordered instead that the children should stay in long-term foster care and enjoy regular contact with their …

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