Last week Vicki Haigh, a horse trainer and former jockey, took flight from Britain to Ireland, because she had been forewarned that the social services were planning to when it is born in two weeks’ time. Her new child is by a partner with whom she has lived happily for six years, as a loved stepmother to his three children.
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In escaping abroad to evade England’s “family protection” system, Miss Haigh is following the example of an increasing number of parents desperate to avoid their loved children being seized. Dozens of others have fled, often at great personal cost, to foreign jurisdictions such as Ireland, Sweden, Spain, Uganda or northern Cyprus (though councils have been known to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money trying to get the children back).
The excuse social workers increasingly favour to justify seizing newborn babies from parents is that the child might be “at risk of emotional abuse”. This is an innuendo so vague and emotive that it can be made – and too often accepted by judges – without social workers having to produce any evidence that can be proved or disproved. “Emotional abuse” is now used in more than 50 per cent of cases where children are taken into care.
Vicki Haigh received a call on her mobile from Nottinghamshire police. “Your social worker,” she was told, “has reported you as a missing person.” Miss Haigh’s reply was that she was not aware that she had a social worker, and that she was certainly not a “missing person”, since she was well aware of where she was – in Ireland, as had been reported by a national newspaper.
Comment: This bizarre story is taking place in England and Ireland. In England the social authorities are increasingly seizing babies right after they have been born, in order to prevent so-called "emotional abuse", a vague charge often void of content. Vicky Haigh is a renowned horse-trainer and jocky and still she is being subjected to this shocking abuse. The police apparently asks no questions when they are summoned by the child protective services, which often use police to track down parents and children. Parents who have had their children seized by the social services get used to being stripped and searched by the police whenever they want to have a meeting with "their" social worker. The police turn up at the parents doorstep and harasses parents who are noe "co-operative" in handing their children over to the social services.
Horsewoman Vicki Haigh is not alone in having to escape from her own country to avoid the legal kidnapping of her child. The children protective services, as they call themselves, have become agents above the law. Parents have virtually no remedies to get back their children even when the children have been taken on the basis of false charges. The situation in Norway is just as bad as in England.
The good journalist Christopher Booker in The Telegraph has given us this story. I hope he will continue to report on the ordeal Vicki Haigh has to go through in order to save her child from the unlawful babysnatchers called CPS.
Vicki Haigh may have her baby anytime. I will continue to report on this nerve-wrecking story, keep reading. Please give your comments.
“ Whoever may be guilty of abuse of power, be it Government, State,
Employer, Trade Union or whoever, the law must provide a speedy
remedy. Otherwise the victims will find their own remedy. There
will be anarchy.” Lord Denning (1899-1999)