This email came from the wonderful women at Crossroads in Kentish Town:
We have sent the following briefing to members of the House of Lords who have put amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill or told us they were following it. The Bill is being discussed this afternoon at 3.30pm in the Moses Room in the House of Lords and again on Wednesday 6 July at 3.45pm. Today they aim to get to the end of Clause 9 which is the one on adoption, which our briefing addresses.
We have been speaking to the Peers by phone and in person – we are going again today hoping to speak to them – and they have been glad for our information. We attach their emails and phone numbers (below) so you can help lobby them on the issues we’ve raised below and your concerns about the Bill. Getting letters and emails from a number of people would be very helpful so they know how concerned people are.
Leading on amendments to the Bill are Lords Watson (Lab), Lord Hunt (Lab), Lord Ramsbotham (Crossbench) and Baroness Pinnock (Lib Dem) – all details below.
If you want to know what they say in any of the committees meetings you can read the Hansard on the Parliament website.
Please let us know what response you get. Continue reading
This is a serious bill that seems to enshrine WORSENING of what Social Services are doing to families already.
It talks about ‘Corporate Parenting’ as if that was NORMAL…
It is pro-adoption without even mentioning parental consent. Yet it is known that 96% of all adoptions are ‘forced’, i.e. children are forcibly removed, their removal is legitimised in secret family courts and judges enforce the adoption against the parents’ wills.
Before our eyes. In our face. Daylight robbery. Of children!!! I am soo shocked! And I guess so will be the 5,900 supporters who signed our online petition to STOP forced adoptions where we changed the title to stop forced REMOVALS!
Here are the critical links:
- Lord Nash – the Government Representative as Sponsor
- The Text
- The Legislative Stage or Progress of the Bill
- The First Reading on 15 May 2016
- The Debate on 14 June 2016 – called the Second Reading
- The Committee Stage started with this Debate on 29 June 2016
- Future Committee Stage hearings scheduled for 04 July, 06 July and 11 July.
Here’s the objection from campaigners: Continue reading
What difference do numbers make?
Every number stands for the tragedy and suffering of a CHILD, plus the parents and grandparents, as in this moving story, told by Daniel Hawkins of Russia Today, broadcast in May 2015.
However, it so happens that I have just gone systematically through the statistics published by the Department of Education on the Government site as well.
What I found shocking:
- only 152 of all 326 local authorities are taken into account;
- the number of children missing from care is not included;
- the number of children dying in care is not included either;
- long term trends are consistently rising:
- and the Nation as a whole:
What does that tell us???
Here’s the 12-page petition STOP the Forced Removal of Children from their Parents!