Sunday Guardian, 2 December 2017
"In each case the social workers produced in court the most extraordinary trumped up charges to justify what they had done. At least in one, a judge eventually returned three children to their parents, after finding that there was not a shred of evidence to support the social workers’ claims.
But in the other, after a series of bizarrely one-sided court hearings, a senior judge ordered the little girl to be sent for adoption. Only recently has it emerged that, now she is 16, she has been able to escape to be re-united with her parents, and that while in adoption she was seriously abused and emotionally damaged."
"In each case the police had forcibly assisted the social workers to remove the children into the “care” of the state. In one case this was in a school car park and, simply for protesting, the father was locked away in a nearby mental hospital."
"Following my accounts of these horror stories, I was contacted by several experienced experts, including a Member of Parliament, who told me that the two cases I had described were merely the tip of a vast iceberg."
"The parents find themselves in court ranged up against batteries of lawyers, supposed “psychological experts” and judges who are all on the other side against them. Even the lawyers given by the state to represent the parents themselves normally seem only too eager to side with the social workers in wanting the children to be removed.
The most popular reason now given for removing children from their parents is not that they have been physically abused or neglected, but that they face “the risk of emotional abuse”."
"In other words, the system has become horribly corrupted from the initial high-minded ideals for which it was set up in 1989. And what makes this even more shocking is all the evidence we have come across in recent years of how other countries, including Norway, Holland and the USA, are developing “child protection” systems in many ways disturbingly similar to the one we are so familiar with in Britain ."
"And lurking behind them is an immense financial racket whereby most of the arrangements for fostering and adoption are now made by a handful of agencies, almost all run by ex-social workers, paying themselves up to £450,000 a year. These have become hugely successful commercial businesses (one a year or two back was sold to a Canadian pension fund for £130 million)."
Comments by me to Christopher Booker's article are superfluous. The article is as clear as can be.
I tried to post a comment, though, but the comments program at SG is not working properly. I got one version up which included my comment, then later versions and updatings had either one comment, from one Kathleen, or no comments at all. Here is what I posted:
The world-wide spread of child "protection"
Submitted by Marianne Skanla... (not verified) on Sun, 2017-12-03 14:21
Christopher Booker is absolutely right about Norway. The situation is very bad here and has been for at least 30 years, but has long roots before that. Way ahead of the other Nordic nations, though, is Sweden, where these atrocities carried out against children have been in action and perfected even earlier and even more thoroughly. It is wildly ironic that in the last few years, the odd family under attack of the CPS in Norway has been able to escape to Sweden and have Swedish social workers agree with them that Norway is off the track. It probably spells "childish" jealousy; Sweden has not mended its ways anyway.
It seems somewhat accidental in which countries some publicity about this popular way of running "social work" succeeds in reaching the surface and at what times. I had contact with small organisations as well as single individuals trying to fight the child-removal racket in Britain and the USA in the 1990s.