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March 31, 2010

HYPOCRISY AT STOKE FAMILY COURT CHILDREN PUT AT RISK BY PROFESSIONALS

Ok being the kind of person I am I thought I would while waiting to be called to court enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the public cafeteria in the court.

After having sight of my childs social worker ( who in all fairness ) isnt that bad and her manager Cruella De Vil I decided it may be better to protect my unborn child from germs and infection to sit away from them at the opposite end of the cafe.

I sat behind some ladies sat in suits who i thought were probably discussing mundane things like the weather ( or at least hoped they were ) As i had previously bought to the matter of a judge that in my own case before Staffordshire Social Services , Cafcass and their legal reps were discussing my case in this public cafeteria which is in fact CONTEMPT OF COURT.

Needless to say the judge punished them accordingly ( NOT ) mmmmmmmm A judge swears an oath the uphold the law doesnt he ?

It seems to be at STOKE court a judge will not uphold the law against any professionals only parents when the parents have not even broken the law they are gagged and threatened with contempt of court.

Anyway moving on i started to take notes of this ( what should have been ) mundane conversation

These are as follows

There is an adoption case going through the court which relates to 2 boys .The family wishing to adopt the boys are called the Carters they are foster carers . On the 18th May there is a panel date for adoption.One of the suited ladies said ” I may be able to exert a little influence over the panel but only a little as im a legal advisor ”

WHAT A PROFESSIONAL TRYING TO INFLUENCE THE PANEL ? NO ! THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN SURELY ?

They discussed the pregnant mothers due date as being 1st June.

Comments were made about judge Duggan who sits at this court.

These were ” Duggan is pleasant but he likes to have control, has his own way of thinking ” ” I was here all day yesterday trying to argue the toss with Duggan ”

WHAT A JUDGE THAT THE PROFESSIONALS ARE SCARED OF WHO WONT JUST RUBBER STAMP THEIR APPLICATIONS ? NO ! SURELY NOT ?

They discussed the boys and said ” they are staying with the carters ! …. well thats the plan ”

One of these ladies said she hasn’t done an adoption for years where the child is adopted by their 1st birthday Ryan is nearly 2 now.

The guardian began to say ” despite her stupidity ….. ”

I didnt catch the rest but it was relating to the mother of the children

Then discussing someone else one social worker said guess what they have called the baby ?

She whispered something to her colleague they both laughed and the social worker said she had been taking the micky to her colleagues by saying what are they going to call the next one gonnorhea

This social worker then went on to talk about her twin boys Benjamin and Joesph well if shes naming clients children i dont see why hers shouldnt be named.

Anyway the Carters want to adopt the two boys and the guardian supports this.

The mother is not opposing ( has probably been bullied ) but on the grounds that she can have contact 4 times a year.

They discussed whittling that down to less. The Guardian commented ” 4 times a year is an awful lot ”

They said they dont want the Carters to be in a spat with mother about contact.

Deborah is the guardian to this case.

Other names mentioned were Caroline Crosby Local Authority Solicitor

I believe the case is CHESIRE COUNTY COUNCIL V FALLOWS

Now if the mother gets to read this you need to bring this up against these professionals .

They are in serious trouble I know your name and that of your children being adopted but i have kept your privacy intact something these blabbermouth professionals have no regard to.

SO WHEN IT IS RAISED THAT FAMILY COURTS SHOULD REMAIN SECRET AND IT IS THESE PROFESSIONALS THAT SAY ITS FOR THE CHILDRENS BEST INTERESTS

THE FACT IS THEY DO NOT GIVE A TOSS ABOUT PROTECTING THE CHILDREN AND FAMILES AS SEEN ABOVE AND ALSO IN MY CASE IT IS ABOUT PROTECTING THEMSELVES.

ANY JOURNALISTS THAT ARE HAVING TROUBLE ACCESSING FAMILY COURT HEARINGS OR ADOPTIONS JUST GO AND SIT IN THE PUBLIC CAFETERIA AT THE LOCAL FAMILY COURT OR WHEREVER YOU SEE A GROUP OF SUITED PROFESSIONAL LOSERS IN DISCUSSION.

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March 29, 2010

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March 28, 2010

Twins who were beaten, abused, starved & driven to the brink of suicide by their FOSTER PARENTS TODAYS NEWS AND GUESS WHAT STAFFORDSHIRE COUNCIL DID NOTHING

Twins who were beaten, abused, starved & driven to the brink of suicide by their FOSTER PARENTS
COMPENSATION AT LAST FOR…
Laura Armstrong
Twin sisters Helen Stuckey and Sarah Walsh hugged each other with joy last week – unlike when they were little girls and hugged as they trembled with fear.
The reason for last week’s quiet embrace was that the 26-year-old sisters have finally won compensation from a council that put them in the care of the foster parents from hell.
From the age of two, Helen and Sarah were regularly beaten by the couple who should have given them a loving, protected life.
Both girls, who have bravely waived their anonymity, were also forced to perform sex acts on each other while their vile foster brother watched.
And Sarah was sexually abused by their twisted foster dad between the age of five and 16.
Staffordshire county council staff visited the children frequently but failed to spot warning signs.
These included both sisters trying to commit suicide DOZENS of times, SEVEN ignored reports of physical abuse and THREE disregarded admissions by their stepfather that he and his wife beat the kids.
Social services were unaware of the sexual abuse but Helen and Sarah claim it would never have happened if they been removed from the evil family’s care.
Helen told The People: “This battle was never about winning a large amount of money. For us it was our way of getting social services to admit blame for what happened to us.
“They will never admit blame – we understand that now – but in our minds this pay-out suggests they at least accept they were negligent.
“Now we can fully move on and try to forget those years of hell.”
Survived
The girls were placed with the foster parents in 1985 after their mother – a schizophrenic – was unable to look after them.
Almost immediately after they were taken in, the physical abuse started.
Sarah said: “If we hadn’t had each other, I honestly don’t think we would have survived. We were beaten and abused from almost day one.”
In 1988, social services admitted they were worried that the foster brother – then aged 15- was looking after the five-year-old twins during the day. But NO action was taken.
In 1993 the foster parents admitted to a social worker that the mother smacked them although carers are NOT supposed to use physical punishment. Again no action was taken.
Next year both parents agreed to stop using corporal punishment. This did NOT happen.
Shockingly, the girls weren’t only being physically abused. From 1988 until 1996 Sarah and Helen were forced to perform sex acts while their foster brother watched. Sarah was also sexually abused by her foster dad.
Sarah said: “We never did anything about it because we were too scared.”
Helen added: “Despite everything we have been through, we don’t want to be seen as victims because we know we are lucky to have escaped our foster family.
“But there must be thousands of helpless children out there trapped in abusive families.
“And one day we hope to change the law so that social services staff are required to take responsibility for the mistakes they make.”
Sarah continued: “Our foster mum was a nasty drinker and if she was drunk or hungover she would go after us with anything she could get.
“Whenever she did use her fists, she would wet them so the punch would hurt more, and then pull us upstairs by our hair.
“I wanted so badly for the beatings to stop, but we were frightened to say anything in case the social workers took us away and split us up.
“So instead we learnt to say nothing when we were beaten. And when it was over and we were alone, we would sit and cry together.
“I was so unhappy and frightened but knowing Helen was there holding my hand helped.”
Helen said: “It wasn’t just the beatings, it was the humiliation. We used to be called the waterworks by classmates because we’d always be crying when we arrived at school.
“And we never made friends because other children were too frightened to come to our house. They had seen the beatings, such as when our foster mum pulled Sarah outside by her shirt collar and slammed her up against a brick wall, screaming that she was a slag and telling her to p*** off.
“Other times we’d be banned from eating for ages, or made to eat until we were sick, just for trivial reasons. I remember once as a child eating Stork margarine with sugar on top because I was so hungry.
Desperate
“I didn’t care that it made me feel sick, I was just so desperate that I just shovelled it in like an animal.”
The People knows the identity of the twins’ foster family but has decided not to name them for legal reasons.
Their foster mother is still inolved with children while their foster brother now has children of his own. Their foster father died of cancer seven years ago. Helen said: “It scares me to think that our foster mum is still working with young children.
“In the 15 years I lived with her she never once showed Sarah or me a shred of pity, let alone any love.
“If we sobbed when she hurt us, she would just hit harder.”
Sarah said: “The things our foster brother made us do was more confusing than anything else at first. But when my foster dad abused me, I felt sick and alone.”
Helen, tortured by the belief that she was to blame for her sister’s suffering, took an overdose of pills and cough mixture.
Sarah was thrown out by her foster mum when the twins were 16. The homeless teenager began cutting her wrists and was hospitalised after four overdoses.
She said: “After years of abuse I really believed what our foster parents had told us – we were worthless and there was no point in living. It was only when my foster dad died in 2003 I finally felt that I could open up about everything.”
In 2006 Helen and Sarah reported the abuse to police.
Their foster mum and brother were questioned but released without charge after the Crown Prosecution Service ruled there was a lack of evidence of the brother’s abuse and the time limit to prosecute the mother for assault had expired.
So the twins – now mums themselves – launched a claim against Staffordshire County Council.
Now they have received £70,000 compensation three weeks before the case was due to be heard in court.
The compensation is NOT for the abuse but for social services breaching their duty of care.
Sarah said: “Hearing the settlement had been reached was like having a 10-ton weight lifted.”
Helen added: “I still see our foster mum in the street sometimes and she laughs if she catches sight of me. But now I can put all the anger that I used to feel behind me.”
Staffordshire County Council said: “We made an out-of-court settlement but do not accept liability for the allegations which have never been proved. We have, however, offered the claimants help and support.
“The fostering service has come a very long way since the 1980s. We were inspected by Ofsted in 2009 and our fostering service was judged outstanding.”
Solicitor Richard Scorer of Manchester law firm Pannone said: “We were able to find information to support Helen and Sarah’s case.
“Although no amount of money can ever compensate for what they went through, I am pleased to have played a part in getting them justice .”
laura.armstrong@people.co.uk

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Bungling Incompetent Staffordshire Social Worker Idiots at it again

FOSTERING FILES LEFT IN STREET
Saturday, March 27, 2010, 09:20
CONFIDENTIAL information held by social services about children in care has been found on a pavement by a passer-by.
Dozens of sensitive Stoke-on-Trent City Council documents were discovered on a memory stick left in Potteries Way, Hanley, yesterday.
The social services records of foster carers, family court proceedings, parenting assessments, child custody arrangements and the psychological history of youngsters were all included in the files.
The stick was found by IT consultant Gary Fox and reported to The Sentinel before one of our reporters handed it to the council. Now officials have launched an urgent investigation into how the security breach happened.
It is not known whether the social worker had permission to take the memory stick away from the council’s offices, or when it went missing.
But the information on the memory stick was not encrypted, which is against the council’s own policy.
A council spokesman said: “The safety of children in our care is our priority. We have procedures for ensuring that confidential and sensitive data is kept as secure as possible.
“We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the circumstances in which the data was lost.
“We thank The Sentinel for returning the data, as situations such as this require immediate attention. The device has been put in a safe place.”
Mr Fox, who works in Hanley and lives in Stafford, had picked up the memory stick, which was covered in mud, because a blank one is worth about £10 in a shop.
The 53-year-old said: “I put the memory stick in a computer and realised there were about 40 documents on it.
“I was shocked by the vast amount of confidential information and the fact it wasn’t even password protected.
“Public bodies gather information on everyone, but it seems can’t be trusted to keep it safe.
“I handed the memory stick to The Sentinel, because people should be aware of how public bodies look after confidential information.”
The council will report the breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), responsible for regulating the use of personal information.
An ICO spokesman said: “We may serve an enforcement notice if an organisation has failed to comply with any of the data protection principles.
“We have statutory power to impose a financial penalty if there has been a serious breach of data protection.”
The security breach has shocked foster carers who rely on such confidential information being kept secure.
Carer Phyllis Hulme, aged 62, of Meir, said: “Everything to do with foster care is meant to be highly confidential.
“We are always told not to mention children’s names in meetings or discuss information with anyone. Somebody has slipped up badly here.”
Individual councils are responsible for creating their own data protection policies
NOW I JUST WANT TO ADD I HAVE THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF FOSTER CARERS LEAKED BY THEM BUT NOONE IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE !!!!

Another Staffordshire Mother Comes Forward

I am 34 yrs old and a single parent to 2 beautifull girls who have always been my greatest pleasure in life. Ive had a couple of relationships since the the birth of my first child 17 yrs ago. I gave birth to my second child 2003 and got married 2004, however this only lasted 6 months, he was a violent controlling bully. I was divorced 6 months later. Needless to say he never bothered with his daughter again, he never emotinally supported my daughter neither did he  financially supported her. We never heard from him again.

The LA involement in my familys life started when my eldest daughter was playing up a bit, there were no major concerens she was just behaving as  normal 15 yr olds do.
The LA never offered her any help or support, not that i would of wanted this any way, but surly this is an obligation the LA are obliged to do.
She is now doing great she is studying her A levels and has a part time job at the  weekends. The only thing lacking in her life is her little sister, these 2 girls had a fabulous bond which has now been destroyed by the  LA.

In aprill 2009 The LA held a secret court were they decided to place my yougest child on an ico their fraudlent claims are that of neglect they claim school attendence although she had a good attentendance at school, she had also just had her leval 5 assesment done were she was found to be OUTSTANDING as a five year, since her forciable removal she  now has a special learner every day at school her teacher says she is unable to concentrate. She was out of nappies at 2 yrs old however lately has had a couple of accidents were she has wet her self. These are so blantley the effects of being denied her loving mother. My baby is so stressed and wants to come home it is shocking.

The LA asked her if she wanted to meet her dad when they removed her she did not, however their brain washing has taken its toll and ten months later she has met him.

There are four police reports in the court bundle were this man a severly beaten me, there are pictures were he has put cigerttes out on my face urinated on me and so on .

The genius in the ss now think it is a great idea to place my daughter in his home to live permenently the police reports do not get a mention in court, rehashing old evidence they say, if we have not been able to adress them how can they be old evidence.
His police file has not been pulled, He also has another x wife and another 2 children which are not mentioned, WHY.

My final hearing april and their final evidence says they want my daughter to live with this man, on a supervision order, they will then cut my contact to once a fortnight still stricly supervised of course. That is the plan for the first year, then what contact i will be allowed i dont know.

THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN THE FAMILY COURTS

March 27, 2010

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UPDATE: STAFFORD MUM WHO CAN’T BE NAMED WINS REFERRAL OF HER CASE TO ED BALLS.

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UPDATE: STAFFORD MUM WHO CAN’T BE NAMED WINS REFERRAL OF HER CASE TO ED BALLS.

Abuse and secrecy surrounding the case of a brave Stafford mother is to be reviewed by Minister for Children Ed Balls.

This from Stafford’s local paper:

‘Stafford’s MP has written to the Secretary of State for children and families on behalf of a mum who claims her son may have suffered physical and emotional harm while in foster care.

And this week police confirmed they are reviewing the allegations.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has told police files contain details of alleged physical and emotional harm.

She battled for two years to be given access to the files, which were withheld by Staffordshire County Council. They should have been handed over within 40 days.

The distraught mum showed the Post a report containing claims her son, who was under 12 at the time, was ‘flung’ against a wall and faced verbal abuse. The files show the boy said at the time he did not feel safe, had self-harmed and threatened suicide.

She was never told of the incidents.

Last week authority chiefs said they had always acted in the best interests of the child and assured us any allegations would have been investigated ‘properly and fully’ at the time.

But now Stafford’s MP David Kidney has confirmed he has written to Secretary of State Ed Balls about the mum’s plight.

He told the Post he had not yet received a response but added: “I am glad to have supported her in her fight to get the files.”’

The idea of Stafford’s social services investigating anything properly and fully is something of a daft concept. Three weeks after The Slog revealed how a crooked psychiatrist had been swindling the Council (and destroying the lives of innocent mothers) for several years, they have neither acted nor responded. Several more articles, emails and phone calls have gone unacknowledged.

I applaud this mum wildly. While the Slog has tried to help, her success is overwhelmingly the triumph of a human spirit refusing to be snuffed out. Referral of anything to Ed Balls is like posting a letter into a Black Hole….but every little helps. This lady has led the way for others. They must now show the same bravery in taking on the Controlling State.

March 26, 2010

The Family court anthem many thanks to ZOOMY

March 25, 2010

Mothers For Justice Formal Complaint to the Guardian

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Dear Editor,
On behalf of the pressure group “Mothers for Justice” I am writing to complain about the article in the Guardian on Wednesday 24 March 2010 by the journalist Rachel Williams, titled “Abuse of ‘baby-snatcher’ social workers finds an outlet online”
It is our belief that the Editor’s Code of Practice has been seriously infringed in this article. We have decided to approach the Guardian Editor as a first, and hopefully satisfactory point of redress, rather than a more formal solution.
Rachel Williams wrote about one particular and easily identifiable family from the Suffolk area, and did not allow anyone from that family put forward their side of the story. This does appear to disregard points 2 and 3i of the Editor’s Code of Practice.  She also wrote disparagingly about various blog sites, without giving any of the bloggers any opportunity of redress in the article. She did not, for example, investigate to find out why the bloggers are posting case notes onto their sites. The article was an extremely poor piece of journalism, and not what one would expect from a quality newspaper.
Although we are pleased to note that the Guardian online did offer the opportunity to reply to the article in the form of comments, we at Mothers for Justice feel that there should be an editorial comment to redress the balance, or, perhaps, a further article by someone with more experience than Rachel Williams, a properly conducted piece of investigative journalism.
We await your speedy proceeding on this matter
Yours faithfully,
Barbara Ann Richards aka Zoompad, author of “Tip” and spokesperson for Mothers For Justice

The Guardian Scores Own Goal with Social Services

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We all know how biased the Guardian newspaper is they make alot of money by advertising social work jobs. Any stories to do with the failings of social services are all manipulated to not hold the social workers involved accountable or in any disrepute.

But yesterday they made a grave mistake by publishing a yet again very biased article of how wonderful social workers are versus the numerous bloggers that are blogging about them.

This article bought to the forefront the injustices that are happening each and every day and why people have resorted to blogging.

Now the article didnt give a fair representation of this but the comments that were not censored by the Guardian did.

What was highly amusing was the comments left by social workers and how aggressive they were and also the spelling mistakes they made.

I did point out that I did hope they didn’t make the same spelling mistakes when writing their reports for the court.

I did also contact the journalist Rachel Williams and asked whether she was going to let the bloggers tell their side of the story . I will not hold my breath .I suggested maybe she would like to see documented evidence of what actually goes on .

In an own goal by the Guardian their article has resulted in more people blogging about their dealings with social services .

I personally take my hat of to all the families that have networked together to expose what goes on.

BLOGGERS UNITED 1 GUARDIAN 0

Oh dear, Guardian….oh dear oh dear.

Just when Polly Toynbee writes an excellent piece in the Guardian, more uninformed robotic pc follows swiftly in the same paper.

I’ve posted the comment below this morning at the Guardian social worker Warren Commission piece today by Rachel Williams:

UPDATE: THE COMMENT HAS BEEN REMOVED. WHAT DO YOU THINK – IS IT ABUSIVE…OR FREE SPEECH?

Rachel

As a fellow journalist, I find this an astonishingly ill-informed piece.

While you are quite correct in pointing out that many ‘hate-blogs’ do exist (and it is often hard to tell social services abuse from deranged parent) your article falls into the same hate-blog trap of being woefully unbalanced.

There are a number of serious points to be made. Please allow me to make them.

First, the problem is rarely with staff (although paedophile penetration of the service remains a problem about which everyone from Ed Balls downwards is in denial) but rather management. In Stafford, Plymouth, Liverpool and Glasgow – in my lengthy experience – they seem to see themselves as having three functions: delaying any and all FOI requests; dumping targets on overworked staff; and then covering up the inevitable mistakes.

Second, there is a blatant issue of arbitrary judicial power involved here – and we are not talking the endlessly offered ‘small minority’. It is almost unheard-of in 2010 for a judge anywhere to show the slightest doubt about what social workers say on any subject, be it psychiatric or familial. Their word is (literally) law – and judges dish out the most illiberal gagging-orders based on pure hearsay.
For many years now, the secrecy of the The Family Court system has been a stain on British justice. Neither Harriet Harman nor Ed Balls have kept to promises made in 2006 to reform it and allow media presence. I’m astonished that a newspaper so liberal (and itself such a sufferer from gagging orders) can allow publication of an article on this subject, without the secret court system being mentioned at all.

Third, the sheer volume of psychobabble and corruption involved (in ensuring that the desired result is obtained in Court) is far too well documented by myself and many others to be dismissed as ‘myths about social services’. At the base of this response is a brief selection of ‘accusations’ that are anything but mythical. Not one of the people named has injuncted my site – and not one of the authorities involved has rebutted the evidence. Your piece doesn’t really explain what’s holding them back – beyond guilt, and fear of broader discovery. If you wish to truly understand how psychiatrists benefit from local government contracts, I suggest if nothing else you read my piece about Staffordshire social services.

The real tragedy here Rachel is that my site (which is not baby-nap obsessed, and covers many injustices going unreported by the wider media) has a circulation of around 1200 a day. The readership of your column is far bigger than that: access to such an audience demands a sense of responsibility, and getting to grips with the subject.

People reading the comments above mine will doubtless argue that the sense of persecution, anger and (frankly) low IQ evidenced in some of it makes your point for you. It does not: these are vulnerable people, in some cases suffering from the cynical oppression of target-setting, judicial collusion and half-baked psychiatric theories used as a means to an end.

Your article is a hugely wasted opportunity, and an indictment of the Guardian’s editorial quality standards.

John Ward

March 24, 2010

Thank you to the Guardian for the publicity on the blogs

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Now maybe the Local Authorities concerned if they have nothing to hide should be investigated.

The difference with what is being blogged and what is reported is the families blogging have actual evidence where as social services only use opinions mainly in court .

Put these families and social workers on a polygraph test and see who fairs better

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/mar/24/social-worker-abuse-online

March 20, 2010

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MP SPEAKS OUT ABOUT FORCED ADOPTION AND SOCIAL SERVICES

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March 17, 2010

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English Freemen Standing In Court – Council Tax Hearing – The Takedown Begins!

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Here we see Englsih Freemen standing in court as Lay Advisors to another Freemen.

This is for a Council Tax Liability Order hearing in Cwmbran Magistrates Court in South Wales, There were 14 Freemen in attendance.

The court was never convened as the Freemen never handed juridiction to magistrates or the clerk by standing up when ordered to do so and the magistrates never sat down.

The magistrates twice abandoned the court (the ship) and it was the Freemen who called the Police and at one point the Lay advisor can clearly be heard calling attending Police Constables to arrest the magistrates for impersonating judges.

There were many criminal acts committed this day by the company personnel (Magistrates, solictors, security and the clerk) and Police complaints are under way pending prosecutions for Fraud among other things.

But for the real shocker of how these people think they are above the law …

Watch until the end!

http://vimeo.com/10211543

March 15, 2010

Social Workers can be struck off

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 5:58 pm

A young boy smiling

Information about Conduct

What is conduct?
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) regulates the social care workforce in England. We are responsible for ensuring only those workers who are trained, fit and committed to high standards work in social care.
The protection of people who use social care services and the public is paramount to the GSCC as a regulator. We expect the highest standards of conduct and care from registered social care workers, in accordance with the codes of practice which they sign up to when they register.
The Conduct Group has a duty to look into information received about social workers who may have breached the Codes of Practice. If misconduct is found that is judged serious enough to question the registrant’s suitability to remain on the register, we can remove or suspend them from the register or place an admonishment on their registration.
Taking action when a registered social care worker breaches the codes of practice will mean better services for those using social care, and a better reputation for the sector.
The information on this site relates to policies and processes under the General Social Care Council (Conduct) Rules 2008 which came into effect on 4 March 2008.  Information received before this date may be being investigated under the Conduct Rules (General Social Care Council (Conduct) Rules 2003).  To find out which rules a particular case is being investigated under please contact the Conduct Group or if you have a named point of contact please speak to them direct.
The conduct process
This section provides a basic overview of the conduct process from receiving initial information about a registrant through to the conduct hearing.
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This section provides quick access to a basic overview on when and how to make a complaint about a registered social worker. The information in this section is for:
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Your children? Other people feel that they are theirs to do with what they will, lets get this straight!!

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Posted October 12th, 2008 by Guy_Euden

Your children? Other people feel that they are theirs to do with what they will, lets get this straight!!
I have had a few requests now for help with dealing with the authorities that are trying to use strong arm tactics to “ensure performance” from you in regards to YOUR CHILDREN.
People I cannot stress this enough “Look deep within yourselves understand who you are!” I mean really!!
I have said this many times before I will say it again! The only law they can use against you is statute law, and what is the definition of statute law? “A LEGISLATIVE RULE OF SOCIETY GIVEN THE FORCE OF LAW BY THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED
So simply put the law does NOT EXIST it would if you “Gave it your consent” but if you gave it your consent then you would not be asking for my help? So you already have really withdrawn consent.
Lets digress for a moment, the grey area here is one of jurisdiction, ok, if you don’t already know then you should know that, when you get married you marriage license is actually your consent for the STATE to take over the fatherhood of the fruit of your loins (yes your children) I know this is shocking right? Come on folks why the hell would the state need to issue a marriage license?
The state cannot grant a license for something that is unlawful as the act/statute itself would be unlawful! So it is just used as an excuse for you to sign away your bundle of joy to them!
Then of course a subject we have already been through, the REGISTRATION of your children at birth!
Yes we now know (if you have read my previous article) that anything that requires registration means that you are giving up legal title to the thing you are registering, in this case your children.
Of course its not your fault! They have deceived you, they tell you, you “must register your child within 42 days” must being a legalese term, meaning “may” or if you like a choice (you don’t have to), you see they cannot enslave you forcibly (at this time anyway that’s coming next) so they use deceit, and your ignorance is their weapon of choice!
Anyway I am digressing here, the point is if you had all of the facts you would never have given your beautiful children over to the system to use as their “chattel property” and so in effect the contract is void! Part of a contracts validity is inherent in “full disclosure” did you get this? DID YOU HELL!
So the first step for you is to realise WHO YOU ARE! You are a human being, you are special, you are real… you are a one off they broke the mould after your creation, get this through your heads all else in life is a smoke screen.
I have helped a few people now, especially with the “Cervical Cancer Injection” people were told that their children had to have it, its mandatory!, YEAH RIGHT! A nice legal notice and a notice of withdrawal of permissions and their game was over, not to mention the fact we wrote in the notice that full permissions were given to the child in question to defend themselves from forcible vaccination and NO UPPER LIMIT was given to the amount of force they could use in the defence of their rights.
Suspicion has been predominant in every request for help I have now received, the government is simply no longer trusted AT ANY LEVEL!
I have also received requests for help from people at their wits end from bullying from social workers/welfare officers.
The most recent case a Boy was being bullied, even to the extent his life was threatened, so the father naturally pulled the child from school.
Now of course the father wants the child to receive the pitiful excuse for an education the state so desperately wants to use to indoctrinate our children with.
He has in fact already started the procedure of registering the child elsewhere.
Of course the pitiful excuse of a welfare officer has decided to try to use the “not so strong arm of statute law” he quoted many acts and subsections, these were just a few but not limited to:
Section 7 of the Education Act 1996
Sec 7
Duty of parents to secure education of children of compulsory school age
The parent of every child of compulsory school age (watch out this is a term that is here to deceive you) shall cause him to receive efficient full-time education suitable— (what the hell does this crap mean? Nothing)
(a) to his age, ability and aptitude, and
(b) to any special educational needs he may have,
either by regular attendance at school or otherwise
“Section 444(1) of the above act
444 Offence: failure to secure regular attendance at school of registered pupil
(1) If a child of compulsory school age who is a registered pupil at a school fails to attend regularly at the school, his parent is guilty of an offence.
(2) Subsections (3) to (6) below apply in proceedings for an offence under this section in respect of a child who is not a boarder at the school at which he is a registered pupil.
(3) The child shall not be taken to have failed to attend regularly at the school by reason of his absence from the school—
(a) with leave,
(b) at any time when he was prevented from attending by reason of sickness or any unavoidable cause, or
(c) on any day exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which his parent belongs.
(4) The child shall not be taken to have failed to attend regularly at the school if the parent proves—
(a) that the school at which the child is a registered pupil is not within walking distance of the child’s home, and
(b) that no suitable arrangements have been made by the local education authority or the funding authority for any of the following—
(i) his transport to and from the school,
(ii) boarding accommodation for him at or near the school, or
(iii) enabling him to become a registered pupil at a school nearer to his home.
(5) In subsection (4) “walking distance”—
(a) in relation to a child who is under the age of eight, means 3.218688 kilometres (two miles), and
(b) in relation to a child who has attained the age of eight, means 4.828032 kilometres (three miles),
in each case measured by the nearest available route.
(6) If it is proved that the child has no fixed abode, subsection (4) shall not apply, but the parent shall be acquitted if he proves—
(a) that he is engaged in a trade or business of such a nature as to require him to travel from place to place,
(b) that the child has attended at a school as a registered pupil as regularly as the nature of that trade or business permits, and
(c) if the child has attained the age of six, that he has made at least 200 attendances during the period of 12 months ending with the date on which the proceedings were instituted.
(7) In proceedings for an offence under this section in respect of a child who is a boarder at the school at which he is a registered pupil, the child shall be taken to have failed to attend regularly at the school if he is absent from it without leave during any part of the school term at a time when he was not prevented from being present by reason of sickness or any unavoidable cause.
(8) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
(9) In this section “leave”, in relation to a school, means leave granted by any person authorised to do so by the governing body or proprietor of the school.”
OK Putting ALL of the other interminable dross aside which is only put there to hide the real important word here, the word “registered” rears its ugly head once more.
The answer is simple!, think about it people! Just send in a notice withdrawing your child’s registration and be nice about it, after all these muppets are probably unaware of their impotence,
Say something like, “how you don’t wish to hold a space that will no longer be required by your child at the particular school, and that it would be better used subjecting another child to tyrannical bullying that is endemic within your alleged house of learning”
As you can see you can solve the problem by acting correctly, but again let them know they have no power but that which you grant them.
With the sudden desire to vaccinate your children with everything they can squeeze into their veins don’t you think it is time you questioned what these vaccines are for, what the side effects are, are they fully tested? I mean the Cervical Cancer one came out of nowhere?
Anyway, back on to the subject of our children, you have been duped into allowing these imposters alleged power over you and your children.
Any Acts/Statutes they claim to have power over you with should ring alarm bells with you, I mean if it were really a powerful law, then why would it be written in such a fashion as to be completely none understandable? It wouldn’t, when they quote these know this in your head straight away “ITS ALL SMOKE AND MIRRORS” you may feel powerless at first, but strip away the dross of an act and you will see it has a key word or phrase in it, and usually this snippit of information is what you have done or have to do to actually grant it power, take away your consent and they are just words meaning nothing!
The standards of schooling nowadays are deliberately for want of a better word “RUBBISH!” its not our childrens fault, and in fact they often take offence at that description as they feel you are saying they are too no good!!
The people at the top of the chain, DO NOT want an informed public, they do not want children thinking as only children can! Children are fantastic, they question and enquire, you must encourage this, this is the route to their intellect, the system of state schooling is nothing more than indoctrination of our children that is to ensure a certain type of performance, the state wants children to de exactly what the police say, they want them not to question whether or not they have the right to search their bags, (in fact the don’t) they might say they do, but if they ask you for your name, ask them if your “obliged to provide that information?” they will try to wriggle and lie, usually stating something like the terrorism act (an old favourite of theirs nowadays) the key word here is “ACT” so when they quote this to you, ask them “do you know the difference between LAW and STATUTES?” and remind them to be mindful of their answer as quoting these laws and not knowing the difference is “Gross Neglect” and tantamount to FRAUD! (a very serious offence) don’t belittle them just let them know, you know!
The point im trying to get at here is the childrens education is designed to ensure the performance that the governments want, not to question the validity of their fake laws, not to question authority, not to openly decline to perform, every time you question you uphold the values of a free nation.
Let your children know the truth, the truth that they are their own sovereigns and that the police are there to serve them, and all of the indoctrinations they are subjected to are not to be taken too seriously, as they are simply an attempt at control.
Children are our future, children are magical, children are coming a constant barrage of indoctrination and really it is OUR job no one else’s to make sure they are given the proper foundation of truth, honour and personal sovereignty that will cease to allow these pretenders power over them.
I thank you for your time Guy Euden

http://www.tpuc.org/node/335

March 14, 2010

Stand Up For Your Rights

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 6:09 pm

You can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all of the time

Why Closed Adoptions should be Illegal by Annika Valour

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 11:39 am

I am a child of a partial adoption (stepfather) and a social worker.  My situation was open because I was nine years old and already very much aware of who my biological paternal family were.  As a social worker but also in many personal connections that I have, I am painfully aware of what adoption does to destroy a child and their identity. It is worse when the child knows nothing about thier biological beginnings.

As a social worker, I’ve witnessed partial families adopted while their older siblings must now be pushed away from their own family.  In partial adoptions the siblings have no more rights to visit each other than parents do.  So this means the children are blamed for their parents mistakes and they too are punished.  This was a painful job for me as a professional because I was dealing with the emotions of the older children.  One of which was mentally retarded and how no understanding of laws and ethics.  Imagine what this was like trying to explain to this teenager why they could no longer speak to or see their younger siblings.

Social services workers often have no relationship to adoption (on a personal level) and therefore have no empathy of what this must be like for a family.  Often families are blamed in social services anyway and are seen as the bad guys.  They aren’t.  They are just ignorant people who came from a similar lineage.  They didn’t know any better.

But children DO need a long-term, safe, loving, and supportive environment.  There is a difference between a closed and an open adoption.  Social services will pretend that it is open because the adoptive parents know the information of the parent.  In reality, once the adoption papers are signed, the children become the property of the adoptive parents in the sense that they now control the child’s lives.  They change their names and determine what they will know and will remain oblivious too.  Birth records are sealed and new birth certificates created in all adoption situations and thus the child’s true beginnings are erased and put in a vault.  Legally one can go to court and request (as an adult) to open the case and retrieve the original birth certificate.  That is if they even know they were adopted.

I believe adoption should be re-assessed and new laws put in place as to what this means on a national, even international level.  No matter what your birth certificate says, the DNA never changes.  A child has a right to know who their biological parents were for medical reasons as well as to preserve their identity.

In every adoption I have been privy too, or known of, egotism played a huge role.  There is something very strange that happens to people when they are now choosing their own destiny through that of a child.

What happens to children who are adopted?  Teenage life is hell.  It is no different from that of a child who is a homosexual.  Identity confusion for an adopted child is great as they look at themselves and their parents and see an obvious difference.  Even those raised with love and a good family still know they are not part of the mix.  Adoptive children are generally very rebellious and experimental with their own choices.  That is because there is anger, frustration, guilt, and confusion as to why they were adopted.  There will also be a curiosity about what their birth family looked like.  I will never forget the time I went to the country of my ancestors and saw my own culture for the first time.  I felt like I came home.  I felt a sense of happiness that I had never felt before in my life.  Emotionally I was distraught for some time on my return as I felt a sense that I had left part of myself behind.  Even the first time that I saw my birth father after about 20 some years, the feeling was rather deja vu.  I knew him from somewhere deep in my past and I wanted to remember all those moments.  However, I was so young when he left and emotionally vulnerable with an adoption that I was forced into.  Thus the pain of the adoption erased many memories.

Looking upon others who look like you is a way of feeling as if you belong.  If you study yoga, as I have for many years, than you probably learned the Sanskrit words for the asanas.  The sound of a word that dates back thousands of years is a very spiritual process.  Looking into the face of the one who brought you into the world and having knowledge of their roots is also spiritual.  You see yourself and you see your ancestors.

To put this in another way, I am currently doing my chart on ancestry.com.  The further I am able to go back the more my room fills up with the ghosts of those who came before me.  I am also able to see how the decisions I have made have a metaphysical connection to those before me.  The more you understand about your roots the more grounded you can become but also the stronger your self-esteem.

This blog is dedicated to children who are raised in ways that are not conscious of their psychological, mental, and physical futures.  To those who commit errors in a desperate attempt to get someone to notice them.  To acknowledge that they exist and have something to say – even if they don’t know what they want to say.  Juvenile forensics is based on children who have not come to terms with their identity, among many other challenges the average person can not even imagine.  Yet we adults, who think we know better, continue to chase the same ridiculous standards of living and follow the same rules without giving any thought to what consequences will be there down the road.  In social services and family law courts the only concern is getting the child a long-term legal family to take responsibility for the kid – so they don’t have to.  Short term answers are favored over philosophically analyzing the effects of such a decision.  Laws around adoption are designed to deal with the matter at hand as per the codes in the book.  Laws can be changed but we have to want them to.

http://madeguilty.wordpress.com/

March 13, 2010

Peter Traves has time to send these out but no time to investigate abuse or the conduct of his staff !

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 8:32 am
A message from Peter Traves, Corporate Director, Directorate for Children, Young People and Families
Dear Headteacher,
As you may know, Staffordshire County Council has recently updated its corporate identity to include a new logo which proudly uses the Stafford knot, a symbol that is recognised across the county and nationwide.
As your school is part of the Staffordshire family, I am writing to ask that you ensure that the new logo is present on all new school stationery, electronic communications and signage.
This will help parents and the public make the link between the school and the wider educational, safeguarding and community services that are provided with the support of the county council. It will also help to ensure that we strengthen the link between the education and community services parents receive through schools and the council tax that they pay.
My thanks go to those schools already using the logo and a request to all others to make arrangements to introduce the county council logo on new communications in a phased and cost effective way. There is no need to replace existing printed materials immediately, please use up any current stocks and replace signage only at the end of its lifetime.
More information on the use of the new county council logo is now available on a dedicated microsite on the SLN.  From here, you can download logos for use, as well as examples of how to use it.
If you have any queries about the use of the logo, please do not hesitate to contact the county councils Communications Team on 01785 278576.
Kind Regards
Peter Traves

Dear Headteacher,
As you may know, Staffordshire County Council has recently updated its corporate identity to include a new logo which proudly uses the Stafford knot, a symbol that is recognised across the county and nationwide.
As your school is part of the Staffordshire family, I am writing to ask that you ensure that the new logo is present on all new school stationery, electronic communications and signage.
This will help parents and the public make the link between the school and the wider educational, safeguarding and community services that are provided with the support of the county council. It will also help to ensure that we strengthen the link between the education and community services parents receive through schools and the council tax that they pay.
My thanks go to those schools already using the logo and a request to all others to make arrangements to introduce the county council logo on new communications in a phased and cost effective way. There is no need to replace existing printed materials immediately, please use up any current stocks and replace signage only at the end of its lifetime.
More information on the use of the new county council logo is now available on a dedicated microsite on the SLN.  From here, you can download logos for use, as well as examples of how to use it.
If you have any queries about the use of the logo, please do not hesitate to contact the county councils Communications Team on 01785 278576. Kind RegardsPeter Traves

March 12, 2010

Everything is OK

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 6:49 am

What a great result.

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 4:19 am

I have just recieved this message i will keep the ladies identity confidential but i wanted to share her good news.

hi there just to day thank you for everything after 10 months we finally got our grandkids back who were secretly going to be be adopted. 10 months ago i did not have a clue how ss worked are what a care order was but after a hard fight and the groups ive joined through you ive been well well educated ,keep fighting and now i know a lot more how the system works if i can be any help i would like to still be in your friends list god bless you ,your a very strong woman most of all good luck xxxxxx

I want to wish this lady and her grandchildren many years of happiness.

Social Workers hitting my Blog Instead of Targets

Filed under: Secret family courts,Staffordshire — nojusticeforparents @ 4:10 am

This site had the most hits ever yesterday i can just imaging staffordshire social workers all searching through the articles seeing if they can pick things off to use against me in some way.

I share a glimmer of hope that they may actually learn something from some of the articles…….. but as ever i shall not be holding my breath.

The fact of the matter is I have a wealth of evidence about their failings and i have every confidence that justice is not far away.

Hopefully when it has been served i can start to lead somewhat of a normal life again instead of spending hours doing research and reading up on law.

I have never encountered such a local authority that blatently does not follow law or proper procedures.

That blatently ignore complaints or requests for information.

Challenge them and they will be vexatious against you or label you as being mentally ill without evidence.

Its strange as im now quite famous in the social services department. I am meeting staff i have never met before but they all say they have heard of me !

I would love to be a fly on the wall in their offices.

I bet not one of them will turn up to the child stealing conference in Stafford.

Id like to leave a note for them : while your searching my blog you are neglecting your duties of form filling , you may miss a few targets or has the corporate battle against me become a higher priority ?

Ed Balls wont be very happy if those targets are not met !!!!

March 11, 2010

what people are typing to access my blog mmmm look who has searched the most …….

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 3:00 pm
Search Views
andrew jenkinson social worker 14
camilla short social worker 5
suffolk social services.wordpress.com/ca 3
camilla short 2
camila short 2
camilla social worker 1
sam hallimond 1
staffordshire child abuse 1
therapist makes a vexatious sexual abuse 1
staffordshire social services 1

Yesterday

Search Views
andrew jenkinson social worker 3
complaints about dr george hibbert 2
beverley beech social services 2
staffordshire nhs starve to death 2
social services steal children 2
george hibbert and jill canvin 2
peter cooper west midlands police 2
staffordshire social services 1
peter traves staffordshire 1
trauma & neglect adoption 1

March 10, 2010

LOOK AT ALL THESE PEOPLE UNITING POWER TO THE PEOPLE

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 11:05 am

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http://essexsocialservices.wordpress.com/

http://familyfreedomfighter.wordpress.com/

http://fifesocialservices.com/

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http://lutonsocialservices.wordpress.com/

http://www.lyndamac.com/

http://www.craigandsarahandhayden.webs.com/

http://suffolksocialservices.wordpress.com/

http://plymouthsocialservices.wordpress.com/

http://sussexsocialservices.wordpress.com/

http://thevoiceofinjustice.wordpress.com/

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The Abuse of Children in Care Settings

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 9:14 am

The Abuse of Children in Care Settings

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March 6, 2010

When a child alleges abuse in foster care ?

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 12:56 pm

This seems to differ from what Staffordshire Local Authority deem to be an investigation.

Their investigation consists of just asking the foster carer her account ??

5.2 The person receiving the referral must immediately inform the Case Supervisor and / or Line Manager who has responsibility for the child.

5.3 The Line Manager whose area of responsibility includes the foster home should also be informed if they are different from the child’s Line Manager. Wherever possible the Foster Care Manager should be consulted about the allegation.

5.4 In the event of concerns that involve a possible Section 47 enquiry a referral should be made immediately to the Police Child Protection Team. The agencies responsible for holding a Strategy Meeting and forming an investigative team will make a decision about the need for immediate action to protect the child or any other children in the foster home. Immediate action could include the need for medical examination, Police or Emergency Protection Orders and / or formal interviews.

5.5 A Strategy Meeting should be convened immediately the allegation is made or within a maximum of two working days.

5.6 Any allegation of abuse made in these circumstances should not be dismissed or minimised, particularly if it emanates from a child who is in care. A child in care has the same right to protection as any other child in the community. Allegations made in these circumstances require a level of response that reflects the seriousness of the allegation.

5.7 When the child concerned is in the care of the Local Authority, or the carer, against whom the allegations are being made, is a member of staff of one of the investigating agencies, consideration should be given to introduce an independent element to the investigative team eg a member of staff not involved in the line management of those working with that carer or staff member.

5.8 When the allegations relate to Foster Carers, the Social Services Directorate should consider forming the investigative team from an area other than that which has responsibility for the child in question or in which the child is placed. The investigative team should be supervised and managed by senior officers of their department who have particular knowledge and training with regard to child protection work.

5.9 The ability to protect children by removing the alleged perpetrator should be considered or this may be achieved by the application of disciplinary procedures and suspension from duty. The carer’s immediate line manager should ensure that the issue of support for the member of staff is considered.

Torn from their mothers’ arms What are social workers for?

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 8:50 am
Torn from their mothers’ arms What are social workers for? Charles Pragnell considers some disturbing cases
CHARLES PRAGNALL
Tuesday, 13 December 1994SHAREPRINTEMAILTEXT SIZE NORMALLARGEEXTRA LARGE
Family, Parent and child, Sex, Adoption, Primary care physician
Is social work out of control? This question has again been raised this week with reports of a series of events in Lancashire in which social workers are alleged to have acted intrusively and wrongly towards mothers and children.
Now, more than 60 families have formed an action group,Mothers In Action, each with a story to tell of overt interference by social workers which has often resulted in the parents being separated from their children for long periods. In many cases children have been placed with adoptive parents.
So what is going wrong in Lancashire? The Children Act, which was passed in the wake of the 1987 Cleveland child abuse affair and came into force in October 1991, was supposed to control many of the abuses of power by social workers.
The Act placed duties on social workers to promote the welfare of children and families and to interfere as little as possible in their lives. If social workers have to become involved, then the Act requires that their intervention is minimal to prevent family breakdown and avoid the separation of children from their families.
Even after a child is removed, social workers are required to involve parents, and grandparents where appropriate, in the planning of the child’s care and future placement – primarily they should be seeking to restore the child to the family.
And of course in all these decisions social workers are required to ascertain the wishes and feelings of the child.
Many of the cases examined in Lancashire, however, indicate that legal principles are not being applied. In fact, in some cases, the law is being used to separate families, and children are being placed with adopters before any reasonable attempts have been made at reunification.
The evidence and versions of events which follow were provided by the families and may not coincide with the recorded perceptions and views of events of social workers.
CASE STUDY 1: A single mother, divorced from a violent former husband, arrived at school one afternoon to collect her eight-year-old son; but he did not appear with the other children.Worried that he might have had an accident, she entered the school, tobe informed that he had been taken away.
She was confronted by social workers and police who accused her of sexually abusing her son and questioned her for many hours. She did not deny that her son occasionally slept in her bed but explained repeatedly that since her son had endured the violence present in her marriage he had become anxious and incontinent during the night, and when his bed was saturated he came to join her in her bed. It is something which probably occurs in thousands of other homes each night throughout the UK.
The situation had arisen when the child had told a schoolfriend about sleeping with his mother in a conversation that was eventually relayed back to the school by another child’s parent.
The mother vehemently denied the accusations of sexual impropriety and was extremely upset that such accusations could have been made against her. The social workers refused to believe her and although no charges were ever brought, her son remained in care for five years, during which time she was allowed to see him on only three occasions.
On their first visit he rushed to her and she cuddled him in mutual comfort, only for social workers to separate them and order that they must not touch each other. On other visits social workers constantly supervised and observed them while they were together and intervened immediately if their conversation touched on matters the social workers did not want them to discuss.
For some years social workers repeatedly asked her son leading questions about how often he had sex with his mother, to which he invariably replied, “You’re daft, I’ve never had sex with my mother!”
After three years in care, social workers pressured him to become adopted. He resisted, stating: “I want to go back to my Mum.”
This child was not in imminent danger of serious harm, there was no proven case to warrant keeping him in care, and there was a notable absence of any attempts to work in partnership with the mother or the child, whose wishes and feelings were constantlyignored.
CASE STUDY 2: A young mother of 16 years, living with her mother and stepfather, had a baby and decided to keep it. She grew increasingly concerned, however, that she could not find accommodation for herself and her baby, and that her stepfather’s drunk
e n sessions at home with various friends were having an effect on the baby.
She asked the social services to look after the baby until she could find accommodation and have the baby back. Her search took longer than she thought and when she sought the baby’s return, her request was refused.
Social workers began proceedings for the baby to be adopted. By this time the baby had bonded with the foster family, and this probably influenced legal decisions for her child to be adopted.
Some time later the mother married and was soon expecting another child. This child was removed shortly after birth by social workers, who again placed the child for adoption. She was pregnant again within two years, expecting twins, and this time the social workers arranged an abortion at a hospital. The mother claims this was despite her family doctor disagreeing with such drastic action.
The twins were removed and, after considerable pressure from social workers, the mother was sterilised. The mother is now 28 years old, has lost four children and may never be able to have other children.
Little in this situation seemed to justify the oppressive and almost ruthless actions of the social workers. From the outset they had shown little inclination to support or help the mother, instead actively working to separate her from her children.
CASE STUDY 3: When children are accommodated by local authorities, parents have a right to expect they will be well cared for and protected. This did not happen in this case.
A young mother found she could not cope with the demands of her two young children after she had undergone a serious operation and asked social workers to help while she recuperated.
The children were placed in a foster home; but after three weeks the mother was visited by a social worker and a social work manager who accused her of sexually abusing her small daughter. They questioned her in detail about her sex life, but distorted the information she gave.
It transpired that her four- year-old daughter had developed a vaginal discharge and had begun scratching her genitals because of the irritation. This was construed as “vigorous masturbation” and she was subsequently examined and questioned by a social worker, police officer and the foster parent.
When the mother eventually saw her daughter, she immediately requested a medical examination. This revealed that her daughter was suffering from a vaginal infection, which responded to treatment within a short time.
After finally securing the return of her children, the mother complained to the social services. Her complaint was investigated by the same social work manager who had originally accused her of sexual abuse.
Not unnaturally, she did not feel her complaint was investigated fairly and impartially, so she persevered with her complaints, even unsuccessfully appealing to a Member of Parliament, who clearly did not wish to become involved.
Eventually, she was able to take her case to a Review Panel, where her complaints were upheld, but she received only a partial apology from the social services. No disciplinary action has been taken against the social workers.
The families involved with and seeking help from Mothers in Action are growing daily. From the evidence so far gathered by MIA there is already sufficient to warrant a full public inquiry into these events.
In the longer term, there is certainly an increasingly powerful argument for a Children’s Ombudsman. We must also examine how we assert better and more effective control over the activities of social workers. This could most effectively be done by a system of national registration and discipline where families could take their assertions of misconduct and malpractice, and if these are proven, social workers could be removed from practice.

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/torn-from-their-mothers-arms-what-are-social-workers-for-charles-pragnell-considers-some-disturbing-cases-1389422.html

BEWARE OF MISDIAGNOSIS IT COULD LOSE YOU YOUR CHILDREN

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 6:35 am

I suffer with pms /pmdd .

I am writing this to inform you that Social Services and Family Courts are diagnosing people with Personality Disorders and other nonsense.

This then leads to the removal of children with no chance of them being returned.

My mother always stated i had been fine growing up until i started my periods.

Then while forced to go into a mother and baby unit the nurses and Psychiatrist there reported a marked change in my mood before my period.

Also i had weekly counselling with Womens Aid who also noticed the same.

Social Services refused to acknowledge it.

I was referred to a specialist who successfully trested me with Prostrap injections.

The difference was apparent enough for 3 seperate psychiatrists to state that if i were to remain stable then the previous diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder should be reviewed.

I have just found paperwork also from a psychiatrist stating if i were to remain stable it was more likely a diagnosis of PMS.

I am pleased to say i have remained stable and had no psychiatric involvement or medications for over a year.

WHAT HAS’NT CHANGED THOUGH IS SOCIAL SERVICES REFUSAL TO ACCEPT ANY OF THE EVIDENCE !

They would still like the old diagnosis to stick you see so that they do not have to be held accountable.

They can then say im mentally ill when i complain .

It is worth mentioning that throughout this witch hunt against me by Social Services i was misdiagnosed also as being bipolar.

This was later thrown out.

Beware what you are being diagnosed with.

PMDD: Extreme PMS
Elizabeth Freundel saw seven psychiatrists before doctors found the real cause of her mental torment – her hormones
By Sian Thatcher
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
The therapist shook her head. “I have no idea what’s wrong with you,” she says. For Elizabeth Freundel, these words came as no surprise. During the past six years, she had seen seven psychiatrists – each one conjuring up wildly different diagnoses. According to one she was bipolar, while another said she was epileptic. She had taken a full spectrum of psychiatric drugs – three years on lithium, one year on Seroxat, mixed in with a potent cocktail of anticonvulsants, Valium and more. She was having around five panic attacks a day and was severely depressed – and no one had any idea what was wrong with her. She had endured this for almost 15 years and hope of finding a solution was beginning to fade.
Elizabeth’s problems started aged 12. She morphed from an adventurous and friendly child into a surly, withdrawn teenager. She would oscillate from feeling depressed and anxious to being herself again every month, but she suffered mostly in silence, assuming that this was the norm. “I felt exhausted and confused from this rollercoaster of emotions,” she says. “I tried to keep it all inside, just raging internally instead.
“When I was 18, I started getting deeply depressed on a cyclical basis and also had an upset stomach, bad period pains and felt exceptionally lethargic. I felt like I had some sort of muscle-wasting disease. My weight went down to just under eight stone and I’m five foot nine, so I was quite skinny.” She went to the doctor about her period pain and was given painkillers, but she never thought her problems could be related.
By the time she went to Cambridge University, her condition became unmanageable and she started to “go a wee bit nuts”. She was fine for two weeks a month, but the rest of the time suffered panic attacks and was unable to work. “When I was low, I would spend 16 hours a day hiding under duvets sobbing to myself,” she says. “But as soon as my period started, I was like, ‘let’s go partying’ – it was that delineated.” Her work was suffering, so she started to see a psychiatrist in her second year and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and put on a course of lithium, which had no effect.
After university, she went to work for an auction house. She enjoyed her job and was ambitious, but by the time she left, she suffered even more frequent panic attacks, bouts of irritable bowel syndrome and menstruated all the time.
It was at this stage that her latest psychiatrist told her there was nothing they could do. Elizabeth, then 27, felt she was just a “non-functioning human being”. To try to solve her menstrual problems at least, she Googled “Harley Street” and “gynaecologist” and came across Professor John Studd. “I made an appointment and after I mentioned a few symptoms, he stopped me and said, ‘I know exactly what’s wrong with you, and it’s PMS [premenstrual syndrome]’. I just thought, ‘You’re the maddest man in Maddsville’.”
He prescribed injections that shut down her ovaries, so she has no hormonal cycle. She has oestrogen and testosterone implants in her abdomen and has to have bone density scans every year to make sure she isn’t developing osteoporosis, but says she feels good. “The treatment worked pretty much immediately. I’m so grateful to Dr Studd,” says Elizabeth, now 30. “I’m a completely different person. I went from being a weepy, crazy, needy individual to being absolutely fine. I’m angry because I’ve wasted so much time being sick and if I’d know this so many years ago, I could have fixed it.”
While Elizabeth’s story is extreme, this severe form of PMS is very prevalent. Nicholas Panay, the chairman of the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (Naps) and consultant gynaecologist, suggests that up to 10 per cent of women in this country suffer from this illness, but that few people realise it exists. “It’s a serious condition,” he says. “The difficulty is that PMS symptoms are common. A lot of people have mild PMS, but there is a group who have severe symptoms that can make lives a misery.” Indeed, what these women are dealing with is not PMS but Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).
No one knows exactly what causes PMDD, but it seems to be linked to ovarian activity. “We know that it’s a cyclical phenomenon, probably caused by fluctuations in hormone levels, which have a reciprocal effect on the chemical messengers in the brain,” says Dr Panay.
Women who are more sensitive to their changing hormone levels may experience symptoms such as depression, mood swings, uncontrollable rage, inability to cope and anxiety attacks. Fluid retention, breast tenderness, bloating and migraines are also common. Taken to its extreme, there have been recorded cases of suicide and one woman was acquitted of murder on the grounds of “temporary insanity from suppression of the menses”. “I’ve been involved with cases of children being taken away from mothers because of PMDD,” says Dr Panay. “And then after appropriate treatment, the children have been returned, as she’s no longer a danger.”
While it can affect women in their teens and twenties, symptoms tend to be milder and it’s not usually until their early thirties or after the birth of a first or second child that they seek help for it. And because symptoms vary, it is often misdiagnosed. Dr Panay estimates that between 25 and 50 per cent of the women he sees in his specialist PMDD clinic have been misdiagnosed with mental disorders, ranging from bipolar and depression to anxiety problems. Indeed, he says, GPs have not been trained to deal with this condition.
Thousands of women are told there is no treatment for this, when there are many ways to make symptoms bearable. “The first course of action is to minimise stress in your life, make sure you’ve got an optimal diet and exercise regularly,” says Dr Panay. “Cutting out or reducing alcohol, caffeine and chocolate is important, as these exacerbate symptoms. Evening primrose is effective, but only to combat breast tenderness and fluid retention. Vitamin B6, calcium, vitamin D and Agnus Castus have been shown to be of benefit in easing mild to moderate PMS.”
For women with PMDD, further intervention is needed in the shape of hormone therapy or antidepressants. “Cipramil and Cipralex are the best antidepressants for this,” says Dr Panay. Other women prefer to go down the hormone-therapy route and the simplest treatment is the Pill, which provides a constant hormonal environment, but it must be used without a seven-day break. If the Pill doesn’t work, then the next step is oestrogen patches, which are 70 to 80 per cent effective. A more successful treatment, again, is the one Elizabeth uses – a monthly injection that suppresses the cycle, mimicking the menopause.
“The only complete cure is either the menopause or the removal of the ovaries,” says Dr Panay. “Obviously, that’s not feasible in the majority of women and we don’t advocate that as a first line, but there are one or two women a year who will resort to hysterectomy.”
Naps is campaigning for better awareness of this condition. Its website (www.pms.org.uk) attracts thousands of people, and the forums and helpline are a particular source of comfort. For many women, just finding that they’re not alone is a relief. But Naps only has under one year left before it runs out of funds, and it islooking for sponsors to keep the society running.
“PMDD may not kill you,” says Dr Panay. “But longevity means nothing without quality of life.”
PMDD: the symptoms
The physical symptoms are the same for PMS and PMDD, and while the emotional symptoms are similar, they are much more severe for PMDD. For example, mild depression is not uncommon with PMS, but with PMDD, women may experience significant depression to the point of contemplating suicide.
If you have severe panic attacks, bouts of anger, irritability or depression before your period that affect your relationships at home and in work, you may have PMDD.
The best way to confirm this is to keep a symptom diary, which you can download from the NAPS website (pms.org.uk), and record the severity and timing of symptoms. If the symptoms occur throughout the cycle, it’s unlikely to be PMDD.
Keep the diary for three months and take it to your GP. If your GP doesn’t seem to be helping, ask to be referred to a PMS clinic. You can find the details of these clinics on the NAPS website, which also has a forum. For support and more information, use the website or NAPS helpline (08707 772 177).

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/pmdd-extreme-pms-438114.html

Donna was told she was stressed and the ‘cure’ was more sex. In fact, she had a crippling new form of PMS

By JANE FEINMANN
Last updated at 12:19 PM on 06th October 2009

Consider this: there’s a condition which has a seriously disruptive effect on women’s lives, leading to severe depression and wreaking havoc on their work and relationships. Yet many GPs aren’t aware it exists.

Meanwhile, even the specialists who do acknowledge it can’t agree on what it should be called.

This confusion has devastating consequences, with many sufferers being misdiagnosed with manic depression (bipolar disorder) and treated with antidepressants or antipsychotics, or, at the other extreme, told simply to pull themselves together.

Long battle: PMDD sufferer Donna Barrowman with her son Jamie

Long battle: PMDD sufferer Donna Barrowman with her son Jamie

Yet, with proper hormonal treatment, they could soon be leading normal, healthy lives.

The condition is premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). An estimated 800,000 women in Britain suffer from it, with symptoms including severe depression, loss of energy, anxiety, irritability and feelings of hopelessness for up to two weeks before menstruation.

American psychiatrists invented the label to distinguish it from the far milder and more common premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

The problem, say experts, is that GPs tend to assume any problem linked to the menstrual cycle is this mild form – for which they normally recommend lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and cutting back on sugar.

Later this month the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome will be sending all GPs the first guidelines distinguishing between PMDD and PMS and their treatments.

But as hormonal expert Nick Panay explains, whatever the more serious condition is called, doctors and gynaecologists need to recognise that it must not be mistaken for PMS, and that women with these more severe symptoms need treatment with hormones.

‘It’s still too common for doctors to assume that women with PMDD are making a fuss about relatively minor symptoms – and even to accuse them of being acopic [unable to cope] or lacking moral fibre,’ says Mr Panay, a gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London.

Like the milder form, PMDD occurs in women who are sensitive to the fluctuating levels of hormones during the menstrual cycle. In the two weeks after ovulation, progesterone increases dramatically – it’s this hormone that is responsible for premenstrual mood swings.

Premenstrual tension causes headaches - and abdominal aches - for many women

Premenstrual tension causes headaches – and abdominal aches – for many women

Donna Barrowman was a bright, confident 22-year-old, engaged to the man of her dreams and with a job she loved. Life was rosy – except for the monthly occasions-when her energy and self-belief plummeted so low she could barely get through the day.

‘From seeing myself as a strong person who coped well and enjoyed life to the full, in the ten days or so before my period, I’d turn into someone who was constantly tired and who obsessed about a friend’s trivial remark or an incident at work that I’d normally brush off without a second thought,’ explains Donna.

A support worker for adults with mental health problems, she quickly recognised the symptoms were linked to her menstrual cycle. Yet her GP told her repeatedly that she’d just have to put up with them, and even the specialists made light of it.

‘After being referred to a gynaecologist, I told him how I was finding everyday life increasingly impossible and it seemed to come and go on a cyclical basis,’ says Donna. ‘I asked him if there might be a connection with my periods. He told me that was nonsense, that I was obviously stressed and should have more sex. I can laugh now, but at the time it was desperately hurtful – one more person telling me it was my fault I was feeling so bad.’

In June 2003, Donna was put on Depo Provera, a monthly contraception injection her GP assured her would regularise her periods.

But what is a useful therapy for healthy women causes havoc in those with PMDD as it gives them more progesterone.

Donna’s monthly low mood turned into full-blown depression and her periods became so heavy that ordinary life became impossible. ‘I could barely get out of bed,’ she recalls.

The contraceptive was stopped after three months. Her wedding to Alan, a marketing and sales manager, went ahead that year, but he had to get used to her Jekyll and Hyde personality. ‘He was never sure which woman he’d come home to: my normal, bubbly self or someone who was withdrawn, snappy and tired.’

When she became pregnant with Jamie, now three, life suddenly took an upturn. ‘I didn’t feel out of sorts once when I was pregnant,’ says Donna. ‘I thought I’d found the answer and that motherhood would make me healthy and happy again.’

In fact, Donna’s disruptive hormonal swings had disappeared because she was no longer menstruating – a classic sign of PMDD. Immediately after Jamie’s birth, along with her periods, her symptoms returned with a vengeance.

But instead of recognising this pattern, doctors diagnosed her with postnatal depression and prescribed antidepressants, which made no difference. Exactly the same pattern followed when she became pregnant with Blair two years later: the same diagnosis, the same antidepressants.

This time, Donna had had enough. Through the internet she discovered the National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome (NAPS) and was referred to Dr Heather Currie, a gynaecologist and expert in hormonal problems at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

An estimated 800,000 women suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder

An estimated 800,000 women in the UK suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder

‘She told me that my medical history couldn’t have been clearer – the way that I’d reacted so badly to the progesterone injection, for instance, and the fact the symptoms disappeared when I was pregnant were obvious signs that my problems were hormonal,’ says Donna.

‘She told me it wasn’t my fault and I didn’t have to put up it. ‘It was such a relief to hear that. Yet I was angry, too. I shouldn’t have had to suffer just because of other people’s ignorance.’

Once correctly diagnosed, PMDD is relatively straightforward to treat. Most women can be helped with oestrogen patches, pills or creams or with a monthly injection that shuts down the menstrual cycle, temporarily mimicking the menopause. For those who have completed their families, a hysterectomy is another option.

In March this year Donna was given the injection, and within a month her symptoms had gone. The transformation was so great that in August, just a few weeks before her 30th birthday, she had a hysterectomy to make the benefits permanent.

With the disorder recognised by doctors for 45 years, why did Donna suffer such a delay in getting help?

Part of the problem, says Mr Panay, is that international research to improve diagnosis and treatment has been held up because doctors can’t agree on the best name for it.

The word ‘dysphoria’, he says, simply means having a mood disorder. But because some gynaecologists think this gives PMDD a psychiatric label, they are reluctant to use it. ‘The result is that women are still being seen by doctors who are failing to distinguish between PMS and the more serious disorder,’ he adds.

Professor John Studd, a gynaecologist who runs the London PMS & Menopause Clinic in Wimpole Street, Central London, is adamant that the name PMDD suggests it’s a psychiatric problem and thus gives the misleading impression antidepressants such as Prozac will help.

‘What matters is that doctors realise it’s entirely caused by abnormal sensitivity to hormones and that women stop suffering when their ovaries stop working: i.e. when they become pregnant, menopausal or have a hysterectomy with their ovaries removed,’ he says.

‘Otherwise, in all but the most severe cases, they can be helped with oestrogen patches or creams to bypass the hormonal damage.’

As for GPs, they often feel that the hormonal link is over-stated.

‘PMS, whether mild or severe, undoubtedly has a hormonal basis,’ says Dr Steve Field, chair of council at the Royal College of General Practitioners. ‘But depression can be a factor in severe cases and GPs will want to treat this symptom as part of their holistic care of patients.’

Early next year, a group of international experts will finally decide what to call this debilitating condition.

Meanwhile, Donna’s advice for sufferers is to forget about the name and complete the online diary provided by NAPS (www.pms.org.uk). This is the key to diagnosis because it proves the problem is cyclical and demonstrates its severity.

As Donna explains: ‘It gives you the confidence to go to your doctor and make sure you get the help you need, showing that your hormones are not an excuse for bad behaviour but the cause of the problem.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1218328/Donna-told-stressed-cure-sex-In-fact-crippling-new-form-PMS.html#ixzz0hNLvfDEH

Adjustment Disorders

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Adjustment Disorders
What is an adjustment disorder?
An adjustment disorder is defined as an emotional or behavioral reaction to an identifiable stressful event or change in a person’s life that is considered maladaptive or somehow not an expected healthy response to the event or change. The reaction must occur within three months of the identified stressful event or change happening. The identifiable stressful event or change in the life of a person may be a family move,  divorce or separation, the loss of a child , to name a few.
What causes adjustment disorders?
Adjustment disorders are a reaction to stress. There is not a single direct cause between the stressful event and the reaction.  Stressors also vary in duration, intensity and effect. No evidence is available to suggest a specific biological factor that causes adjustment disorders.
Who is affected by adjustment disorders?
Adjustment disorders are quite common  They occur equally in males and females. While adjustment disorders occur in all cultures, the stressors and the signs may vary based on cultural influences. Adjustment disorders occur at all ages, however, it is believed that characteristics of the disorder are different in children and adolescents than they are in adults. Differences are noted in the symptoms experienced, severity and duration of symptoms and in the outcome.
What are the symptoms of an adjustment disorder?
In all adjustment disorders, the reaction to the stressor seems to be in excess of a normal reaction, or the reaction significantly interferes with social, occupational or educational functioning. There are six subtypes of adjustment disorder that are based on the type of the major symptoms experienced. The following are the most common symptoms of each of the subtypes of adjustment disorder.  Symptoms may include:
Adjustment disorder with depressed mood.
Symptoms may include:
Depressed mood.
Tearfulness.
Feelings of hopelessness.
Adjustment disorder with anxiety.
Symptoms may include:
Nervousness.
Worry.
Jitteriness.
Fear of separation
Adjustment disorder with anxiety and depressed mood.
A combination of symptoms from both of the above subtypes (depressed mood and anxiety) is present.
Adjustment disorder with disturbance of conduct
Symptoms may include:
Violation of the rights of others.
Violation of societal norms and rules (, destruction of property, reckless driving, fighting).
Adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct.
A combination of symptoms from all of the above subtypes are present (depressed mood, anxiety and conduct).
Adjustment disorder unspecified.
Reactions to stressful events that do not fit in one of the above subtypes are present. Reactions may include behaviors such as social withdrawal or inhibitions to normally expected activities .

Adjustment Disorders

What is an adjustment disorder? An adjustment disorder is defined as an emotional or behavioral reaction to an identifiable stressful event or change in a person’s life that is considered maladaptive or somehow not an expected healthy response to the event or change. The reaction must occur within three months of the identified stressful event or change happening. The identifiable stressful event or change in the life of a person may be a family move,  divorce or separation, the loss of a child , to name a few. What causes adjustment disorders? Adjustment disorders are a reaction to stress. There is not a single direct cause between the stressful event and the reaction.  Stressors also vary in duration, intensity and effect. No evidence is available to suggest a specific biological factor that causes adjustment disorders. Who is affected by adjustment disorders? Adjustment disorders are quite common  They occur equally in males and females. While adjustment disorders occur in all cultures, the stressors and the signs may vary based on cultural influences. Adjustment disorders occur at all ages, however, it is believed that characteristics of the disorder are different in children and adolescents than they are in adults. Differences are noted in the symptoms experienced, severity and duration of symptoms and in the outcome.  What are the symptoms of an adjustment disorder? In all adjustment disorders, the reaction to the stressor seems to be in excess of a normal reaction, or the reaction significantly interferes with social, occupational or educational functioning. There are six subtypes of adjustment disorder that are based on the type of the major symptoms experienced. The following are the most common symptoms of each of the subtypes of adjustment disorder.  Symptoms may include: Adjustment disorder with depressed mood.Symptoms may include:Depressed mood.Tearfulness.Feelings of hopelessness.Adjustment disorder with anxiety.Symptoms may include:Nervousness.Worry.Jitteriness.Fear of separation Adjustment disorder with anxiety and depressed mood.A combination of symptoms from both of the above subtypes (depressed mood and anxiety) is present.  Adjustment disorder with disturbance of conductSymptoms may include:Violation of the rights of others.Violation of societal norms and rules (, destruction of property, reckless driving, fighting). Adjustment disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct.A combination of symptoms from all of the above subtypes are present (depressed mood, anxiety and conduct).Adjustment disorder unspecified.Reactions to stressful events that do not fit in one of the above subtypes are present. Reactions may include behaviors such as social withdrawal or inhibitions to normally expected activities .

Acute Stress Disorder

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Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder
According to the DSM, “The essential feature of Acute Stress Disorder is the development of characteristic anxiety, dissociative, and other symptoms that occurs within 1 month after exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor” . The following specific diagnostic criteria are reproduced verbatim  from the DSM-IV TR
Diagnostic Criteria for Acute Stress Disorder
A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present:
the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others
the person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror
B. Either while experiencing or after experiencing the distressing event, the individual has three (or more) of the following dissociative symptoms:
a subjective sense of numbing, detachment, or absence of emotional responsiveness
a reduction in awareness of his or her surroundings (e.g., “being in a daze”)
derealization
depersonalization
dissociative amnesia (i.e., inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma)
C. The traumatic event is persistently reexperienced in at least one of the following ways: recurrent images, thoughts, dreams, illusions, flashback episodes, or a sense of reliving the experience; or distress on exposure to reminders of the traumatic event.
D. Marked avoidance of stimuli that arouse recollections of the trauma (e.g., thoughts, feelings, conversations, activities, places, people).
E. Marked symptoms of anxiety or increased arousal (e.g., difficulty sleeping, irritability, poor concentration, hypervigilence, exaggerated startle response, motor restlessness).
F. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning or impairs the individual’s ability to pursue some necessary task, such as obtaining necessary assistance or mobilizing personal resources by telling family members about the traumatic experience.
G. The disturbance lasts for a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 4 weeks and occurs within 4 weeks of the traumatic event.
H. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition, is not better accounted for by Brief Psychotic Disorder, and is not merely an exacerbation of a preexisting Axis I or Axis II disorder.

Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder
According to the DSM, “The essential feature of Acute Stress Disorder is the development of characteristic anxiety, dissociative, and other symptoms that occurs within 1 month after exposure to an extreme traumatic stressor” (p. 469). The following specific diagnostic criteria are reproduced verbatim (except for codings and page references) from the DSM-IV TR (where ‘IV TR’ indicates fourth edition, text revision), pages 471-472. Also see the separate page on the closely-related PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder).
Diagnostic Criteria for Acute Stress Disorder
A. The person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present:
the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or othersthe person’s response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horrorB. Either while experiencing or after experiencing the distressing event, the individual has three (or more) of the following dissociative symptoms:
a subjective sense of numbing, detachment, or absence of emotional responsivenessa reduction in awareness of his or her surroundings (e.g., “being in a daze”)derealizationdepersonalizationdissociative amnesia (i.e., inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma)  C. The traumatic event is persistently reexperienced in at least one of the following ways: recurrent images, thoughts, dreams, illusions, flashback episodes, or a sense of reliving the experience; or distress on exposure to reminders of the traumatic event.
D. Marked avoidance of stimuli that arouse recollections of the trauma (e.g., thoughts, feelings, conversations, activities, places, people).
E. Marked symptoms of anxiety or increased arousal (e.g., difficulty sleeping, irritability, poor concentration, hypervigilence, exaggerated startle response, motor restlessness).
F. The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning or impairs the individual’s ability to pursue some necessary task, such as obtaining necessary assistance or mobilizing personal resources by telling family members about the traumatic experience.
G. The disturbance lasts for a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 4 weeks and occurs within 4 weeks of the traumatic event.
H. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition, is not better accounted for by Brief Psychotic Disorder, and is not merely an exacerbation of a preexisting Axis I or Axis II disorder.

Grief and Disenfranchised Grief

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Before you are labelled with some psychobabble disorder after your children have been kidnapped.
I suggest you read on and bring this up in court.
There seems no common sense or acceptance in family courts that you are grieving for the loss of your child .
Grief is the emotional response to loss. The loss can range anywhere from the loss of a loved one to the loss of a relationship through divorce or illness, or even a change in life-style such as a geographical or occupational move. It is characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, depression, numbness, anger and even guilt. In normal grief resolution, these feelings gradually subside. Disenfranchised grief, however, interferes with normal grief resolution causing the feelings associated with grief to persist for a very long time.
According to Kenneth Doka, disenfranchised grief is grief that is not openly acknowledged, socially accepted or publicly mourned. Moreover, the relationship is not recognized, the loss is not recognized or the griever is not recognized. Doka believes that mourners whose grief is disenfranchised are cut off from social supports. With few opportunities to express and resolve their grief, they feel alienated from their community and tend to hold onto their grief more tenaciously than they might if their grief was recognized.
According to Ms. Robinson, the grief of relinquishing mothers fits the definition of disenfranchised grief in the following ways. First of all, the pregnancy and relinquishment were most often kept secret, preventing any open acknowledgment of the loss. The grief was not socially supported since the natural mother had placed herself in a position that was unacceptable to society. She was to blame and therefore had no right to mourn. The natural mother was an embarrassment to her family and others so the grief could not be publicly mourned. She had to pretend that the birth and loss of her child never happened. In addition, in a relinquishment situation, the mother child relationship was not recognized, therefore the natural mother was not recognized as a legitimate mourner since the loss of her child was not considered real.
Resolution of Grief
The goal in successful grief resolution is to reestablish emotional equilibrium. Ms. Robinson used Worden’s model of grief counseling from his book, Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy, to demonstrate how the disenfranchised grief of natural mothers interferes with the successful resolution of grief. The four aspects he presents as necessary for successful grief resolution include: first, accept the reality of the loss; second, experience the pain of grief; third, adjust to the environment from which the lost person is missing; and fourth, withdraw emotional energy and reinvest it in another relationship. The disenfranchised grief that natural mothers experience interferes with the completion of all of these tasks.
It is difficult for a natural mother to deal with the first task, to accept the reality of her loss, since she has no concrete focus for her grief. In many cases, she never saw or held her baby. Since the child probably still exists, there is no finality to the loss of her relationship with her child.
Dreams and illusions are hard to mourn. There is also no opportunity for her to experience the pain of her loss since the relinquishment is often a secret. Her situation made others uncomfortable and therefore she could not verbalize her grief. She had to suppress and deny her pain. The third task is also impossible for a natural mother. How can she adjust to a new environment without her child when the child was never accorded a place in her life anyway? And yet her life situation and psychological environment has changed dramatically. Finally, how can she reinvest her emotional energy in another relationship when this one still exists, if only in her mind?
In normal bereavement, rituals surround and ease the pain of the bereaved. But for cases of disenfranchised grief, there are no rituals. A natural mother receives no cards, flowers, or expressions of sympathy. There is nothing to validate her loss. Society sees no reason for her to grieve so there are no allowances for a change in her demeanor, behavior or outlook as there would be in regular bereavement situations. In addition, there are no rituals to delineate the length of mourning. No wonder many natural mothers feel as if their grief will never end.
Some natural mothers place added blame upon themselves for not being able to “get over it”. When the mourner feels responsible for the loss, it results in feelings of shame and guilt. Relinquishing mothers feel that, not only were they to blame for the unmarried pregnancy and relinquishment, they were also to blame for not dealing with their grief successfully, making grief resolution even more difficult.
Effects of Disenfranchised Grief
The effects of disenfranchised grief and consequent poor grief resolution are displayed in a variety of ways and in varying degrees. Depression, emotional disturbances, withdrawal from society, psychosomatic illnesses and low self-esteem are all symptoms. Many of those affected succumb to substance abuse and have difficulty in forming healthy relationships. Jeffrey Kaufmann is quoted in Disenfranchised Grief, “The loss of community that may occur as a consequence of disenfranchised grief fosters an abiding sense of loneliness and abandonment”. Furthermore, people with disenfranchised grief often have trouble in coping with subsequent losses. Doka states “..the old disenfranchisement will affect the new situation and may enforce a repetition of the earlier inhibited grief pattern”. In other words, how a natural mother learned to grieve for what was probably the first major loss in her life, she will most likely use, however ineffective, for the next loss.
Resolution of Disenfranchised Grief
Ms. Robinson believes, that because the disenfranchised grief of relinquishing mothers is complicated and deep, it is difficult, but not impossible, to resolve. First of all, a natural mother, starting with herself, needs to acknowledge and validate the loss in order to address her grief.
Current adoption policy and practice, however, complicates the matter. One way for a natural mother to establish the reality of her adult child is to retrieve any and all documentation, from the relinquishment paper to the original birth certificate, if available.  Also, letters and pictures from the time of the pregnancy and relinquishment might be helpful. In addition, Ms. Robinson believes that all natural mothers should search, if only to establish that their child is indeed alive and very much a reality. She understands that a successful search and/or reunion is not a panacea for grief resolution, since reunion is often traumatic in its own right.
Many natural mothers find healing in creating rituals surrounding the loss of the relationship. They make memorials from the very simple to the complex to validate their grief and “let it go”. Many find solace in a ceremonial burial of their grief.
Ms. Robinson strongly emphasizes the need for post adoption services for natural mothers. These services, which she firmly believes should not be provided by an agency that arranges adoptions, should assist natural mothers in coping with the long lasting effects of their grief. The social workers or therapists must be completely familiar with the issue of disenfranchised grief and realize how difficult it is to resolve.
To quote Ms. Robinson directly, “The role of support groups cannot be overstated. Natural mothers have felt for many years marginalized and abandoned by society. It is very empowering for them to meet even one other woman who has also lost a child to adoption”. To have someone else validate your pain and loss through understanding is often one of the first steps toward healing.

NONE of us willingly surrendered our children.

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 4:48 am
Adoption: The Damage to Children
Dear Social Worker,
If you are considering kidnapping a child for adoption, please reconsider. That unborn baby is the mothers flesh and blood and the child needs its MOTHER in order to truly thrive.
When a baby is born, it is the MOTHERS  heartbeat that he or she wishes to rest against. It is HER voice he or she is waiting to hear. HER sound, HER unique scent, the very cells in HER body became known to HER child before birth. Bonding is already accomplished before the first cry is heard.
Do not deny the wisdom of HER own  flesh. SHE needs HER child and HER child needs HER.
“But why do SOCIAL SERVICES  say SHE should ‘place HER baby’ for adoption?”
Adoption agencies, adoption lawyers, even charities, have an agenda: to make money.  Money for wages, money for expansion, money for year-end bonuses, and for businesses: profit.
To do so, they must kidnap babies  (now called “making an adoption plan”) so they can broker that baby to a paying customer for a fee. Social Services  might tell her that adoption is “in the best interest of her child” or play upon your natural nervousness about whether she  will be a good parent.  DON’T BELIEVE THEM – all evidence says that the “best interest of the child” is to remain with mother and her extended family.
The Effects of Adoption on a Baby:
If  you kidnap a baby for  adoption, you will be condemning him or her to suffer these proven harmful effects:
1.  The severe trauma of being separated from the mother will radiate throughout every aspect of the baby’s life. The baby will experience the loss as the psychological death of his mother. There will never be closure.
2.  The baby will know the difference between its mother and his female adopter because he has bonded with the mother during  pregnancy. He knows her scent and her heartbeat. He seaches for the smell of her milk – not adopters.
3.  The baby will feel abandoned , often resulting in a lifelong inability to trust anyone.
4.  The baby will always wonder why the mother  didn’t keep him and will blame himself for not being lovable enough to keep – a todder’s realization that they were adopted. Many adult adopted people find they still carry this feeling inside – and it influences adult relationships (see Relinquishment and Intimacy)
5.  As the baby grows up, the child may feel like a misfit and will suffer from low self esteem.
6.  The child may think about the mother  constantly. This may cause the child to have difficulty concentrating on his schoolwork. The child will be labeled a “dreamer” and a “bad student,” further harming his chances for success in life.
7.  The child’s adopters may not understand his lack of concentration and he could easily be misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). If misdiagnosed, they will force the child to take drugs that he doesn’t need.
8.  The child will lose his true identity while his adopters try to force him to be like them.
9.  The child will have no sense of his past which will make it difficult for him to envision his future.
10. The child may suppress his true feelings and live an emotionally-numb life in order to survive the tragedy of his separation from the mother compounded by his adoption.
11. As the child becomes an adolescent he will have great difficulty establishing a sense of self because he will have no sense of his true history or heritage.
12. As the child becomes an adult he may have difficulty choosing a career and a mate due to his fear of commitment and abandonment.
13. The child’s adopters will probably not acknowledge that raising an adopted child is different from raising a child of their own. They will further burden him by telling him that he should forget about you and be grateful that they adopted him and gave him a home because the mother  did not.
14. Nothing anyone does or says can ever make up for the loss of a child’s first family!
15. You will never be able to change the past and undo the lifelong adverse effects of adoption on that child!
The Research Is In!
“I believe that the connection established during the nine months in utero is a profound connection, and it is my hypothesis that the severing of that connection in the original separation of the adopted child from the birth mother causes a primal or narcissistic wound, which affects the adoptee’s sense of Self and often manifests in a sense of loss, basic mistrust, anxiety and depression, emotional and/or behavioral problems, and difficulties in relationships with significant others.”
”  It is difficult to face the fact that by definition every adopted child is an abandoned child, who has suffered a devastating loss. No matter that the adoptive parents call it relinquishment and the birth mother calls it surrender, the child experiences it as abandonment.
”  The trauma of being separated from the mother, therefore, results in patterns of behavior, emotional responses, and the sense of Self and others, which will be different from that which would have occurred had there been no trauma.
”  It can no longer be assumed that one can replace the biological mother with another “primary caregiver” without the child’s being both aware of the substitution and traumatized by it. The mother/infant bond takes many forms and the communication between them is unconscious, instinctual, and intuitive.”
– Nancy Newton Verrier, Ph.D., “The Primal Wound”
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: LOSS
Push aside your keyboard for a moment and find a pencil and paper. Down the left side – spaced evenly – write:
My favourite sound
My favourite taste
My favourite smell
My favourite place
My favourite person
Now, fill it in before you read the article below!
Although difficult, choose among your favorites, discarding the one you will miss the least…Continue discarding until all of your favorites are gone.
Take careful note of how it feels to imagine losing all of your most favorites, including your favorite person.
(Now continue down the page)
A child’s favorites are perhaps easier to recognize, but please consider the favorites of babies and the very real losses they experience during the hand-off of adoption.
Baby’s favorite sound: The regular in and out of my mother’s breathing and the dependable rhythm of her heart beat. But mostly the sound of her voice.
Baby’s favorite taste: My mother’s milk, created exclusively for me. And the taste of her skin, her breast. It is all one.
Baby’s favorite smell: The scent of my mother’s skin as I bury my face in her neck. It is basic and right. It is where I belong.
Baby’s favorite place: Cradled in my mother’s arms, next to the sounds and smells that I have experienced since my conception. This is home.
Baby’s favorite person: My mother is my universe. She is a part of me just as I am a part of her. No one can replace her. If I am separated from her, I will long for her my entire life.
Adoptees, regardless of their age, whether they are newborn or older, domestically adopted or foreign, give up all their favorite things when they are adopted.
The loss begins with their name. They lose all information about themselves and their origins. They lose their identity.
They lose it all. They lose the smells and tastes and sounds and places and people with whom they are familiar…all of their favorites. Everything they have ever known is gone and changed forever.
Their greatest loss, which you surely understand, is the loss of their favorite person. They lose their most favorite person, irrevocably. Parents are NOT interchangable.
…from “Loss in the Adoption Hand-Off” by Darlene Gerow “This is my effort to help make adoption, when it is necessary, more humane. I dedicate it to all the adoptees in my life”.
Reprinted with Permission from the Canadian Council of Natural Mothers.
” IF I gave up my baby and it was for her own good and it didn’t hurt her…and it truly was better for her…then ok…I’ll live with my pain.  The thing that TICKS ME OFF is that now I know it WASN”T and still ISN’T good/better for her or ANYONE to be removed from their first mom (unless mental instability/abuse/neglect).  Which actually – neglect may not happen if the first mom has support!!! The Adoptee carries a scar!  And THAT’S what I want people to know!!!  Children BELONG with their natural families!!! ” – Melissa
Research and Articles:
THE PRIMAL WOUND:  Legacy of the Adopted Child, by Nancy Verrier, MA (a presentation at the American Adoption Congress International Convention April 11-14, 1991).
Relinquishment and Intimacy by Ronald J. Nydam, Ph.D. “This man came for marriage counseling . . . but his marriage was not the problem. His relinquishment was. He had never grieved. He had been a man among men, staying far away from his feelings, his emotional life inside. But inside he was hurting and longing, longing for his birthmother…”
In Defence of  “THE PRIMAL WOUND” by Marcy Wineman Axness
The Angry Adoptee by Carol Komissaroff
The Negative Effects of Adoption on Adopted People (a summary of research on the issue.)
Adoption: Trauma that Last a Life Time  by Vicki M. Rummig
What Is The Primal Wound? Understanding The Trauma of Infant-Maternal Separation, by Marcy Axness
The Unbearable lightness of “Being Adopted.”  A Review of Search Institute Study of Adopted Adolescents.
Book:  “Adoption Healing”, by Joe Soll.
“I was told that I was ‘doing the right thing.’  My question now is:  for whom? Certainly not my child and certainly not me!  I watch my raised-daughter with her children and truly realize that the ‘bond is formed while carrying your child.’ My one month old grandson knows his mom – her voice, her touch, her smell!  How traumatic it must be if the child cannot connect after birth with all of  that! It is truly frightening.” – Veronica
”  After reuniting with my children, I have learned that the fairy tale of adoption is a myth of epic proportions.  There is no doubt in my mind that I could have raised my children, not only as well, but better than they were raised.  I was appalled at what they had suffered.  Though well-meaning, their adopters never addressed their primal grief and feelings of rejection.
”  Now over 7 years into this reunion, I am convinced, more than ever, that adoption is an unnatural act that hurts the adoptee and the mother.   It is neither noble nor altruistic. It is anti-family and anti-motherhood at its most basic meaning.  It is not an option I can condone. ” – Robin
http://www.exiledmothers.com/index.html

March 5, 2010

Peter Traves Corporate Director ( does he actually exist ? )

Can someone please acknowledge the existance of Peter Traves ?

I am beginning to think he does not exist.

After three years of complaints , requests for files and having plenty of evidence that any decent corporate director would be interested in.

He has yet to do anything.

Even when other people are starting to wake up to this lying and secretive organisation he fails to do anything.

This leads me to question does he actually exist ?

If he does is he human ?

One would think that anyone with a shred of humanity would seek to put things straight for the sake of the children and parents in Staffordshire.

Not Mr Traves he seems to be suffering from ” bury my head in the sand or up my arse” personality disorder with traits of I will not accept any responsibilty syndrome.


Chiefs criticised for withholding records

Social services bosses have been rapped after refusing to hand over records to a Staffordshire mother whose children had been taken into care.

After a lengthy battle the county council has been found to have breached the Data Protection Act by the Information Commissioner after its refusal to give documents to the woman.

The council has now been required to hand over all the relevant files to the mother who claims to have been unfairly treated by the county council. She cannot be named to protect the identity of her children who were originally taken into care over claims of domestic violence.

The mother, from Stafford, tried to get access to the files for two years. In June last year the council was due to deliver them to her but a last minute decision was taken not to because of concerns over what the mother may do with the information.

The mother has now received the files and claims they show her children were made to feel unsafe in foster care. The matter has been investigated by the county council which has also accepted the Information Commissioner’s ruling.

The mother said: “The local authority deliberately fought to prevent me having access to the files for two years. I believe this was because there were things they did not want me to see.”

In its ruling to the mother the ICO said: “I have confirmed my assessment that the council have breached the sixth data protection principle in this case.”

Cabinet member for children at the county council Ian Parry, said: “We have only acted, and will continue to act, in the best interests of the children involved.”

Mum triumphs in epic social services battle

by Lynn Grainger
A Stafford mother who had vital files about her OWN children withheld from her for two years has won a David and Goliath battle with social services after it was found they had breached Data Protection rules.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, asked for the files in February 2008, fearing they contained inaccuracies which had led to her having limited access to her sons.

She wanted to use the files in court but Staffordshire County Council withheld them over concerns she would subsequently publish file details ‘detrimental’ to her children on the internet.

According to the Data Protection act, the single mum should have received the information or a formal response within 40 days, but she has been waiting 24 months to see the vital information – which the authority have now agreed to hand over.

The victory follows a ruling last week by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the independent body responsible for regulating and enforcing access to personal information.


A letter to the mum from ICO caseworker Angela Ellison, reads: “I understand that, to date, no information has been provided to you in response to your February 2008 request, or any of the requests you have made subsequently during the course of your contact with the council.

“…I have confirmed my assessment that the council have breached the sixth data protection principle in this case.

“It is clear that the council had concerns about the release of the information to you. Nevertheless, you should still have received a response to your original request, and your further requests, within 40 days of each request.”

The files were due to be handed over in June, 2009, but a last minute decision was taken that legal advice should be obtained before the information was presented to her.

There were fears the mum would publish details of any alleged errors in the data on her internet ‘blog’ which could have affected her children, so it was withheld. Mrs Ellison said although in some cases information held by social services departments could be withheld, the county council should have obtained legal advice within 40 days and responded within that 40 day time frame.

Mrs Ellison concluded: “The council are now ready to provide you with the information to which you are entitled.”

This week the angry mum said: “This just proves I was right and this isn’t the end. I plan to take civil action against the council for the stress this has caused me for the last two years and the detrimental effect their withholding of my files for use as evidence in court has had for my children and I.”

Last year Stafford MP David Kidney said he was “spitting mad” over the case because he had received assurances the council would provide her with the files in early 2009.

A spokesperson for the county council told the Post: “We acknowledge the findings of the Information Commissioner, and we are pleased that the ICO recognise we have legitimate concerns over the release of the information. We have only acted, and will continue to act, in the best interests of the children involved.”

l The Stafford single mum at the centre of the row over access to her children’s files has called on parents facing similar difficulties to contact her through the Post.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “I’d really like to hear from other parents facing the same problems. I know I’m not alone. I won this fight and was proved right so I’d like to help others facing the same difficulties.”

Contact the Post on 01785 212370 or write to us at 35 Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ. Email lynn_grainger@mrn.co.uk





EXCLUSIVE: HOW THE UK’S MOST SECRETIVE COUNCIL USED A CHILD IN CARE FOR ITS OWN PROPAGANDA
This is Keelie Cooper. She was taken into care by Staffs CC. No gagging orders for Staffs CC: she’s being featured in an ad campaign on private adoption websites.
The Slogger was a tad surprised to stumble across this shot on the website of kids’ charity magazine Children and Young People Now. After all, Keelie Cooper was removed from a genuinely fractured homelife and placed with another family by Staffordshire Social Services last year. And the Staffs SS – as we all know rather too well – combine very often with the local judiciary to injunct any reporting of its clients. Or its suppliers. Or its cock-ups. Or its…oh never mind, let’s get on with it.
Just take in this gushing propaganda that’s been forced into Keelie’s mouth (my italics):
‘When things got too messy within my own family I turned to my best friend for help and we got the social services involved. At first I wasn’t sure this was a good thing to do as I have heard about a lot of social services messing things up….However, this was not the case with my “new” family and things have worked out fine. I came to understand the support that they can give you, both financially and by having someone to talk to if you feel you are not being treated fairly.’
This is terrific stuff, Staffs: Alistair and Mandy could use some of the talent you’ve clearly got tucked away in the PR department up there.
Now it seems to me (having investigated the case) that on this occasion the County Council did the right thing for Keelie. I understand she wanted to be rehomed with a friend’s family, and they allowed this. How very tolerant of them.
But the hypocritical double standards of this self-defensive publicity drive beggar belief. So while the charity mag itself (a Haymarket publication) does a worthwhile job – and is in no way complicit in this grubby attempt to glorify a derelict and controlling Council – I thought I’d share this shining example of local government honesty with a wider audience.
Amazingly, Staffs care management have still to return my call.
POSTED BY JOHN WARD

WEDNESDAY, 3 MARCH 2010
EXCLUSIVE: HOW THE UK’S MOST SECRETIVE COUNCIL USED A CHILD IN CARE FOR ITS OWN PROPAGANDAThis is Keelie Cooper. She was taken into care by Staffs CC. No gagging orders for Staffs CC: she’s being featured in an ad campaign on private adoption websites.
The Slogger was a tad surprised to stumble across this shot on the website of kids’ charity magazine Children and Young People Now. After all, Keelie Cooper was removed from a genuinely fractured homelife and placed with another family by Staffordshire Social Services last year. And the Staffs SS – as we all know rather too well – combine very often with the local judiciary to injunct any reporting of its clients. Or its suppliers. Or its cock-ups. Or its…oh never mind, let’s get on with it.
Just take in this gushing propaganda that’s been forced into Keelie’s mouth (my italics):
‘When things got too messy within my own family I turned to my best friend for help and we got the social services involved. At first I wasn’t sure this was a good thing to do as I have heard about a lot of social services messing things up….However, this was not the case with my “new” family and things have worked out fine. I came to understand the support that they can give you, both financially and by having someone to talk to if you feel you are not being treated fairly.’
This is terrific stuff, Staffs: Alistair and Mandy could use some of the talent you’ve clearly got tucked away in the PR department up there.
Now it seems to me (having investigated the case) that on this occasion the County Council did the right thing for Keelie. I understand she wanted to be rehomed with a friend’s family, and they allowed this. How very tolerant of them.
But the hypocritical double standards of this self-defensive publicity drive beggar belief. So while the charity mag itself (a Haymarket publication) does a worthwhile job – and is in no way complicit in this grubby attempt to glorify a derelict and controlling Council – I thought I’d share this shining example of local government honesty with a wider audience.
Amazingly, Staffs care management have still to return my call.POSTED BY JOHN WARD


http://nbyslog.blogspot.com/2010/03/exclusive-how-uks-most-secretive.html

NEW STAFFORD SENSATION AS HOWARD LEAGUE REVEALS: ‘WE SENT WARNINGS ON STAFFORD 3 YEARS AGO’

WHERE WERE ANDY BURNHAM & DAVID NICHOLSON? (Ans: On the ladder to success)

Frances Crooke of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

This is HLPR director Frances Crooke’s damning indictment of Staffordshire County Council:

‘We sent a child protection referral to Staffordshire county council [in 2007] following the chief inspector’s report into forcible strip searching and videoing of a child in Werrington prison. I got a reply. (Well done, Frances – you’re way ahead of the rest of us)

‘Apparently the council doesn’t think it has to bother to investigate properly because the threshold of harm has not been crossed. Forcibly stripping a child is, according the child protection experts in Staffordshire, a legal and proportionate response. We can all rest happy that the child did not, I am comfortingly told, sustain any physical injuries. There is no discussion about whether he was traumatised, or felt that he had been assaulted or even sexually assaulted.

‘The letter says that the strip searching of children in prison is compliant with Prison Service Standards. So, as long as the Prison Service sets its own rules and abides by them, they can do what they like. It appears that normal child protection can be blithely ignored by children’s services.’

Three years on, the arrogant unwillingness to talk to outsiders and release documents to ombudspersons remains firmly intact.

This is a perfect lab-test-case of where Cool New Labour Britannia is going, Andrew Lansley. Where are you in the media on this?

TUESDAY, 2 MARCH 2010

EXCLUSIVE: EXPLOSION IN CARE-ORDERS SUPPORTS THOSE ACCUSING SOCIAL SERVICES OF TARGET MANIA


The latest figures available from Cafcass show that a new surge has begun in children being taken into care.

There now seems little doubt that huge numbers of children are being deemed to be ‘under threat’ from their domestic situations as a direct result of high-profile media cases. Behind this, it appears there is a desperate attempt to hit and exceed targets in a bid to show that local council carers are on the ball.

Although the Guardian reported in January that last quarter 2009 figures were 20% up year on year immediately following the media glare of the Baby P case in Haringey, the latest data show that care orders are up 73%. In December alone, the increase was 150%.

This has levelled off in the last two months, but the organisations and social service departments involved are being put under enormous (and cynical) political pressure.

“The word has gone out to get the numbers up” one insider in Plymouth social services told The Slog this morning, “And mistakes are being made”.

Last year, The Slog’s mother-site nby revealed the case of Bernadette McManus,a resident of Plymouth who had four children removed in a raid involving three police cars and five officers. The reasons given by the police officers at the scene were described by close neighbours at the time as ‘total rubbish’. But later, Plymouth Tory MP Gary Streeter sent McManus (a constituent) a letter written in such a manner as to seem like a threat of reprisals if she spoke to the media.

Private Care charity Children & Young People Now has looked at the problems currently faced by the under-resourced and hugely overworked quango Cafcass. They concluded:

‘The Baby Peter effect is continuing to put an immense strain on children’s professionals…North Devon service manager Mark Saunders says: “Before this recent increase we were getting one or two new cases every four weeks. Now it is around three to four a week”..’

Eminent expert in the field Alison Paddle expressed concerns that the system is poor, as it only looks at papers submitted by the council to the court and rarely involves meeting with the child and the family. “They call these cases ‘paper children’, as to them they only exist in a report” she said. A victim of this mentality in Nottingham, who ‘can’t be named for etc etc’ (yawn) writes to The Slog:

‘We have never been charged with any offence, nor have we seen the inside of a county courtroom….I can offer only the speculation that social services’ endgame is alienation between the children and ourselves to make their job of permanently separating us that much easier. Then they adopt them out, meet their targets – and get more money in the next budget.’

A senior professional in the private sector told us this lunchtime, “Cafcass has lacked continuity and been forced to hire agency workers. There is a lack of continuity, but it’s not their fault”.

A Stafford council insider was considerably more blunt last night:

“It’s the same old same old. The media catch on to the fact that central government has no money but keeps on insisting that things are improving. So the politicians take more budget away and double the targets. Then the managers dump the shit on us. This is the reason more and more people are leaving the service”.

Abusive and unwarranted child care orders represent a complex subject. But this huge leap in the latest figures suggests that many abuses can be laid at the door of target-obsessed Ministers sitting safely down in Westminster.

http://nbyslog.blogspot.com/2010/03/exclusive-explosion-in-care-orders.html

FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2010

REVEALED: HOW STAFFORDSHIRE SOCIAL CARE HIRED A CHILD PSYCHIATRIST FACING GMC INVESTIGATION AT £8500 A WEEK

undefinedChild psychiatrist George Hibbert is undergoing a formal General Medical Council Inquiry while being employed by Staffs Social Services.
Yet another reason why the people of Staffordshire are asking if there’s anything behind the slick social care logo (left)

Thanks to a ludicrous gagging order, this is an odd story because I can’t tell you the name of the victim of what I’m revealing:a heartless scam made possible by social care negligence.

Staffordshire Social Care (yes, it’s the capital of collapsing services again) uses the services of one George Hibbert – a psychiatrist located handily in Swindon. Dr Hibbert and his live-in partner Jill Canvin have an interesting past.

As the Guardian reported (16.8.2001) the couple tried with other promoters to launch GW Pharmaceuticals, a firm developing drugs from cannabis, onto the market.
GW was supported prior to its £175m flotation in June 2001 by a list of prominent people, many of whom saw the value of their investments surge five-fold in the public offering. GW’s flotation infuriated analysts and fund managers, who claim the offering was hyped and over-priced. Immediately after the flotation, shares in GW went into freefall as investors dumped stock.
“Hibbert did well out of it” a well-placed legal source told us yesterday. Investors didn’t.

George Hibbert is also doing well out of Broken Britain. He has a lucrative contract with Staffordshire Social Services: they send him lots of mothers (who’ve had their children removed and put into care) and he spends four to six weeks ‘assessing’ them. For this he is paid, on average, £8,500 a week.

The thing is, his assessments tend to suggest the ‘patients’ have conditions requiring ‘treatment’…at his clinic. One victim of this system – who can’t be named thanks to gagging orders – alleges:

“He told the social I was bipolar, which is rubbish. I discharged myself and got a second opinion from Stafford Mother & Baby Unit. They said the bipolar diagnosis was totally without foundation.”

The two psychiatrists refuting Hibbert’s diagnosis were Drs Singh and Hofberg. In the light of this outcome, a GMC investigation into Hibbert’s activities has begun. The Slog contacted the GMC earlier this week, and was given a ‘we can neither confirm nor deny Dr Hibbert’s fitness to practice’. But other sources confirm that he is indeed under formal GMC scrutiny: the inquiry reference number is ME/C1-205725548, and the investigating officer is Mark Elliot.

Environmental Law campaigner Dr Karta Badshar confirms the widely-held doubts about George Hibbert:

“He’s making a fortune out of this,” he alleged, “when there is often nothing wrong with these patients. He is also using cheap immigrant labour at his clinic, rather than properly qualified people. But you see, this can all be covered up because of the unhealthily incestuous relationship between social workers and judges. It is a scandal”.

The Guardian (like the Slog) has been hammering away at Staffs Social Care incompetence for some years. One spectacular examplefrom their pages in 2004 recorded how the authority had to:

‘….set up a £10,000 trust fund for her. Staffordshire county council is to take the unusual step on the recommendation of the local government ombudsman, who today finds the authority guilty of maladministration causing injustice to the girl, now 16…’

And as for Jill Canvin…she is (guess what) a solicitor specialising in childcare. A source who (again) cannot be named alleged on Wednesday this week:

“She turned up for a meeting as a supposedly objective legal person. Nobody know she was Hibbert’s girlfriend”.

Ms Calvin is (we were told by her pa Tuesday last) ‘moving on’. In rather a hurry, and far too much of a hurry to return five calls made to her offices by The Slogger over three days. George Hibbert also refused to answer our calls.

Next in the http://nbyslog.blogspot.com/2010/02/revealed-how-staffordshire-social-care.html: This is not an isolated case. How judges collude with ‘Social Worker Law’, and why their role should be reformed.

WEDNESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2010

EXCLUSIVE: ‘STOLEN’ CHILDREN – MYTH OR MURKY SECRET?

The Slog is in the process of putting together a special on abuses in the childcare system, systemic paedophilia in Britain, and the crisis faced by a shortage of reliable foster parents. But many observers think that disturbing signs of ‘child-stealing’ may hide something much worse than Broken Britain.

This site (and its predecessor Not Born Yesterday) has devoted much time and hundreds of column inches to the plight of non-coping families. As Gordon Brown remarked two months ago, “These people’s lives are more chaotic than most people understand”. But the chaos and frequent depression make them more vulnerable than socially dangerous in most cases. Whatever the Daily Mail likes to suggest, serious parental abuse and infant murder remain extremely rare.

The predators are sometimes paedophiles, sometimes cynical social care target-achievers – and from time to time, it increasingly seems to me, private and government organisations with an at least partially hidden agenda.

Most claims I receive about ‘stolen children’ turn out to have an innocent explanation. But a few don’t….and when this happens, a seedy world of judicial cover-up, gagging orders and local government incompetence comes to light. The police, in particular, play a role in some parts of Britain; a role that is, at best, hard to explain.

In this context, Ed Balls runs away to Tweet and mouth platitudes about crackdowns and databases of twelve million…while the ‘Minister’ for Women Harriet Harman shows no signs of caring formothers. But little is done.

In a forthcoming piece, The Slog tries to separate lunatic-fringe conspiracy theory from truth, and expose a disgrace that UK governments have been ignoring for decades.

If you have any factual evidence to support instances of stolen and/or wrongfully removed children, please contact me by emailing to john@johnaward.net.

There a thousands of Madeleine McCanns out there. Not all of them have erudite parents with access to the media.


March 3, 2010

Filed under: Secret family courts — nojusticeforparents @ 9:37 pm

March 1, 2010

Dedicated to my beautiful children ( im still fighting for you and i love you so so much )

Staffordshire Local Authority in the news

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