At least it is a start. Things can only get better.
Although this case KENT COUNTY COUNCIL v M & O mirrors one of my own in 2014, the outcome was very different as the parents managed to bring HIS HONOUR JUDGE SCARRATT’s attention to the inaccuracies and unwarranted bias of the Social worker who was pushing for the adoption by a Freeing Up Order. Well done Lucy Sprinz and Steven Ashworth, Counsel for the parents.
Interestingly, the parents did this by secret recordings made of the case worker. Although this has become very common for parents to do in matters such as this, the Court has often just ignored the recorded evidence, some even being hostile to the parents for making such a secret recording.
From personal case experience, in my opinion, it is an absolute scandal the amount of “forced adoptions” in England and Wales. Far from it being the last resort for children at risk, it has become all too frequently an early suggested preferred course of Child Services.
It reminds me of the 1950’s where children were force-ably removed to Australia. Britain’s Child Migrants That whole process has been disgraced now, yet the Courts are allowing the almost identical forced adoption process to continue to be a regular occurrence. When parents and close relatives complain and try to intervene, the Judiciary are too quick to close ranks and refuse to hear Appeals.
I call upon the Government to set up an Inquiry to investigate these miscarriages of Justice for our children and their families.
Please LIKE this post before this happens to your child or grand-child and you are told you are unsuitable to temporarily look after your grandchild/niece/nephew.