In case you are new-ish to the site, or just want to see some of the older articles, this is a selection.
Five of the serious articles
1. What should you do if social services steal your children?
Some practical suggestions about giving yourself the best chance of getting them back. It is a marmite post – as you can see from the comments. Many people hate me for writing it, but I’ve had a lot of parents who tried this route with success, and I had a lot in the days when I was representing them.
2. Can a person choose whether to be represented by the Official Solicitor?
I wrote this nearly a year and a half ago, and the issue of whether vulnerable people who can’t act for themselves in Court are really being properly looked after keeps coming up. John Hemming MP and I don’t agree on anything, but we do share common ground on this issue.
3. One of these nights you’re gonna get caught, it’ll give you a pregnant pause for thought
One of many cases about Port Harcourt Fertility Clinic and how involvement with them has led to disaster and misery for parents. If my blog achieves nothing else, the fact that it comes up as one of the first hits for Port Harcourt Fertility Clinic means that I might help some people who are desperate to have a child avoid being conned by this organisation
4. Semantics, pedantics and neuro-mantics
This is a consideration of the two bodies of thought in paediatric neuroscience, showing that there is a bit more to it than the simple ‘neglect breaks babies brains, m’kay?’ angle that seemed to have been informing policy
5. Social Services are asking me to agree to put my child in care and they want me to do it now
Some in case of emergency break glass advice – not a substitute for your own legal advice, but for those occasions when the request is being made out of office hours or you are being pressured to agree without getting advice. And also, good reading for social workers so that they know the proper legal basis on which voluntary foster care can be sought