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Endless Allegations

October 29, 2011 permalink

When their case against a family crumbles, British social workers just add on new allegations.



Lord Justice Wall takes on an alarming child-snatching case

This seems to be a classic instance of the way social workers make a crashing initial mistake, then add ever more questionable allegations to defend their blunder.

mother and daughter
A mother and her daughter have been fighting a care order
Photo: ALAMY

In the child-snatching story that I have reported on here most often, the latest twists are as disturbing as anything that has gone before. The case has been taken over by Lord Justice Wall, the President of the Family Division. It is a classic instance of how, when social workers seize children on the basis of what appears to be a crashing initial mistake, they then seem to make ever more questionable allegations against the parents to defend their original blunder.

On June 27, a year-old baby that had been torn from its mother’s arms at birth (but was later returned to the couple on a judge’s orders) developed a fever. When the parents took the baby to hospital for medical advice, the staff contacted social workers, who called in the police on an allegation that the parents had drugged the baby with opium. The parents were arrested and held in a police cell for 27 hours. The baby was taken back into care.

This month, I am told, the police announced that no charges would be brought against the couple, lab tests having shown no trace of any drugs. The social workers had apparently known this for weeks. Meanwhile, they asked the police to arrest the couple on a charge of conspiracy to abduct their other five children from foster homes and take them abroad. The parents had no idea where their children were, having not seen them for many months. Again, it seems, no charges are to be brought, because there was no evidence.

Despite an order by Lord Justice Wall that the parents must again be given regular contact with their children, his order has, I gather, been ignored. There is much in this alarming case for the learned judge to investigate.

Source: Telegraph (UK)