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Mother could face jail because her children talked to each other on Facebook – Telegraph

25/02/2012

This case would make headlines across the land, if it were not hidden behind the family courts’ extraordinary wall of secrecy.

Mother could face jail because her children talked to each other on Facebook – Telegraph.

Courtesy Christopher Booker via The Telegraph

08/02/2012

Researching Reform

Mr Justice Ryder has been appointed as the judge who will oversee the modernisation of the family justice system, but who is he and what are his views on the system?

These were the burning questions that warmed the cockles of our hearts here at Researching Reform this morning and thanks in no small part to Family Lore’s John Bolch, we can answer these questions by cutting and pasting great chunks of John’s website onto our own 😛

Mr Ernest, Nigel Ryder embarked upon his professional life as a merchant banker in 1979 and was called to the Bar in 1981, later becoming a QC in 1997. He went on to serve as a deputy judge of the High Court in 2001 until 2004 and became a judge of the High Court (Family Division) in 2004. Mr Justice Ryder is also currently the presiding judge for the Northern…

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28/01/2012

World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum.

by Sabine Kurjo McNeill
 
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Thanks to Sabine for posting this and to Dawn Booth Lydon, Director of Communications UKFRM, for bringing this to our attention. My comments at the end – StuG

Camilla Cavendish’s 10-Point Plan

Camilla Cavendish[1] is Associate Editor and columnist at The Times. In 2009, she was campaigning journalist of the year for exposing miscarriages of justice which convinced Government to open the family courts – but not enough. Here is her 10-point plan that is waiting to be implemented:

1. Open family courts to the press in all but exceptional circumstances (as recommended by the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee)

2. Let any parent or carer accused of abuse call any witnesses they need in their defence. At the moment, they are routinely refused permission to do so.

3. Give automatic permission for parents who are refused legal aid to get a…

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Parliamentary Bill – #wco Parenting (Young Offenders (Parental Responsibility) Bill 2010-11)

25/01/2012

Hollobone, Philip raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Parenting; Education; Justice

A Bill to make provision for a mechanism to hold individuals to account for any criminal sanctions imposed upon young people for whom those individuals hold parental responsibility; and for connected purposes.

Comment by #wco: Not forgetting there should be weighting in this responsibility heavily towards the Main Carer or Parent with Care.

Other contacts:

More information can be seen at:
http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/youngoffendersparentalresponsibility.html

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2010-07-05c.81.9

Published: 05/07/2010 18:10:00
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Parliamentary Bill – #wco Parenting (Kinship Carers (Parental Responsibility Agreements) Bill 2010-11)

25/01/2012

McCarthy, Kerry raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Parenting; Childcare; Family Courts; NRP Rights; Regulation; Parenting

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to make provision to extend the system of parental responsibility agreements to enable a kinship carer to obtain parental responsibility for a child they are raising without having to bring a case to court; and for connected purposes

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts:

More information can be seen at:
http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/kinshipcarersparentalresponsibilityagreements.html

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2011-06-07a.65.0

Published: 07/06/2011 17:10:00
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Parliamentary Bill – #wco Relationships (Grandparents (Access Rights) Bill 2010-11)

25/01/2012

Percy, Andrew raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Relationships; Childcare; Family Courts; Parenting

A Bill to give grandparents rights of access to their grandchildren in certain circumstances; and for connected purposes.

Comment by #wco:

Other contacts:

More information can be seen at:
http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/grandparentsaccessrights.html

Published: 23/11/2010 16:35:00
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Parliamentary Bill – #wco Equality (Children (Access to Parents) Bill 2010-11)

23/01/2012

Elphicke, Charlie raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Childcare; Family Courts; Justice; LocalGov; NRP Rights; Parenting; Parliament-UK

A Bill to require courts, local authorities and other bodies, when determining or enforcing issues of residence and contact, to operate under the presumption that the rights of a child include the right to grow up knowing and having access to and contact with both of the parents involved in the residence or contact case concerned, unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated that such contact is not in the best interests of the child; to create an offence if a relevant body or person does not operate under or respect such a presumption; and for connected purposes

Comment by #wco: Let us all hope this is given the time to have a proper, thorough and objective debate leading to introduction of this bill.

Well done Charlie!

Other contacts:

More information can be seen at:
http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/childrenaccesstoparents.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9438000/9438954.stm

Published: 29/03/2011 16:10:00
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Parliamentary Bill – #wco Equality (Children (Access to Parents) Bill 2010-11)

06/01/2012

Elphicke, Charlie raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Equality; Childcare; Family Courts; Justice; LocalGov; NRP Rights; Parenting; Parliament-UK

A Bill to require courts, local authorities and other bodies, when determining or enforcing issues of residence and contact, to operate under the presumption that the rights of a child include the right to grow up knowing and having access to and contact with both of the parents involved in the residence or contact case concerned, unless exceptional circumstances are demonstrated that such contact is not in the best interests of the child; to create an offence if a relevant body or person does not operate under or respect such a presumption; and for connected purposes

Comment by #wco: Let us all hope this is given the time to have a proper, thorough and objective debate leading to introduction of this bill.

Well done Charlie!

Other contacts:

More information can be seen at:
http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/childrenaccesstoparents.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_9438000/9438954.stm

Published: 29/03/2011 16:10:00
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Consultation – #wco Relationships (Cross-government definition of domestic violence consultation)

14/12/2011

May, Theresa raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Relationships; Equality; Justice

The government has launched this consultation to ask for views on whether the current cross-government definition of domestic violence should be widened. It also seeks views on whether the current definition is being applied consistently across government, and if it is understood by practitioners, victims and perpetrators.

Comment by #wco: Whatever the outcome of this consultation, acknowledgement that DV is a two-way crime and most practitioners already agree that taking children away from their parent, or threats to take a child away, are Domestic Violence. If only the cross-governmental departments and “care” agencies upheld this view when a PwC denies a NRP access or contact with their child(ren).

Other contacts: DVdefinition@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

More information can be seen at:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/definition-domestic-violence/

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/definition-domestic-violence/dv-definition-consultation?view=Binary

Published: 14/12/2011 20:00:00
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Media (PR) – #wco Family Courts (Parents who abduct children should face longer in prison, says top judge)

13/12/2011

Judge, The Lord raised and interesting point.

Subject(s): Family Courts; Childcare; Equality; Justice; NRP Rights; Parenting

… Lord Judge said: “The abduction of children from a loving parent is an offence of unspeakable cruelty to the loving parent and to the child or children, whatever they may later think of the parent from whom they have been estranged as a result of the abduction.” …

Comment by #wco: I whole heartedly agree with this quote from Lord Judge.
However the removal of contact with children from a loving Non Resident Parent is an offence of unspeakable cruelty to the loving parent and to the child or children too. All too often the “system” appears to forget that the reason so many NRP’s end up in court is precisely because of this “unspeakable cruelty” which is ignored by the Family Court system and the trauma endured to even get to court far certainly (in the words of Lord Judge) ‘does not meet “true justice”, especially for the other “loving parent”‘.

This tragic abuse of child and Non Resident Parent should be treated as seriously as Lord Judge says, with punishment for the Parent With Care, and their collaborators including “care” agencies & legal teams, that inflicts this systematic and “unspeakable cruelty”

Other contacts:

More information can be seen at:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8954072/Parents-who-abduct-children-should-face-longer-in-prison-says-top-judge.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/tom-whitehead/

Published: 13/12/2011 18:15:00
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