Category: Social Services

Father freed after rooftop protest

Eugene Lukjanenko celebrates winning his rooftop protest battle outside Chatham Magistrates Court. But his fight to have Medway return his son continues.
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Southampton heads adoption lottery

Southampton City Council heads the adoption lottery

Research into adoption and care rates has revealed a postcode lottery.  Children in some areas in England are 12 times more likely to be removed and adopted by child protection units. The BBC and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism sent Freedom of Information Act enquiries to all English local authorities.  Half provided full responses.  The …

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Medway Council’s Emotional Abuse

Sara Root was taken to court for contempt by Medway Council

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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Muslim Tower Hamlets foster carers in storm over Christian child

Her Honour Judge Khatun Sapnara ordered the girl should be removed from the Muslim carers

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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Medway dispute Mother guilty of ‘contempt’

Maidstone County Court

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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Medway Council took children because home ‘untidy’

Councillor Alan Jarrett, leader of Medway Council

A local authority took two children into care because a house was ‘untidy’, a mother has told Christian Voice. And now, seven years later, Medway Council are trying to send the mother to prison for speaking out about her case.  This is despite both children now being over eighteen.  Care proceedings end at eighteen. Medway …

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Bexley children finally go home

Four children wrongly taken into care by the London Borough of Bexley have finally gone home.

Four children from a family rent apart by false allegations two years ago have finally gone home. In early March 2017 Judge Diane Redgrave approved an agreement worked out between counsel for the parents, Hilary Pollock, and the London Borough of Bexley.  Bexley returned the children to their parents on 29th March. The Lord’s hand …

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Judge finds father in contempt of court again

Canterbury Civil Court heard the case of contempt of court against Uegene Lukjanenko

A father in dispute with Medway Council narrowly escaped jail for contempt of court in Canterbury County Court last week for the second time in six months. Eugene Lukjanenko was charged with five breaches of an order made on 30th September 2015. The Order prohibited him from naming employees or ex-employees of the Council online. …

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Tories promise family courts reform

This protest at Edward Timpson's home in May, led to a manifesto commitment on reform of the family courts

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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