Sunday, 16 January 2011
Booker has another article about the theft of small children by social services this morning.
The fact that politicians insist everything in the garden is rosy speaks volumes. Why are they so 'frit' (as Cameron said to Angus Robertson this week) about tackling these secret courts?
It's long past time the hermetically sealed Family Court system was abolished and another system put in place - one in which the fate of parents and children cannot be decided by an incestuously closed community of social workers, police, lawyers, doctors and other professional 'experts', who all too often seem to work together in an alliance which seems ruthlessly oblivious to the interests of the families who fall into its clutches.
Forced adoption is doubly wicked because it is a 'life sentence' where the adopted children are permanently deprived of contact only only with their parents but also with their adult siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles. The parents are ruthlessly jailed by secret courts if they dare to protest publicly or reveal identities of any witnesses.
The video is a few years old but nothing has changed as far as I'm aware. I wish Eric Pickles would readdress the situation now he is in a position of power.
The problem is also increasing in Scotland with the number of children taken away from their parents having almost doubled in the last three years. Two thirds of the children were babies and toddlers under five.
Of course it's nothing to do with the money local authorities receive for achieving their adoption targets (the link details only English councils).
As a society, should we accept that local authorities have adoption targets? Of course not. Is it right that LAs receive bonuses for the number of children they acquire for adoption? Of course not.
There will be children who require to be taken into care for one reason or another, but with only around 5% being returned to their parents, something is wrong somewhere. This is not a subject in which I have experience but I do have an interest, like most people, in the wellbeing of our children and the preservation of family life.