Friday, 27 January 2017

Children in care is on the increase

"A dossier, published by Legal Action for Women, describes and seeks to quantify 'the traumatic and discriminatory treatment of children, mothers and grandmothers by the state and the institutions who are in charge of child protection'."

"The organisation has published the dossier because, it says, the crisis in women's lives has had little publicity and that 'it is generally not known how widespread the intervention of the state in families is'."

Suffer the little children & their mothers states that new research shows that local authorities with the highest adoption rates also have the highest increase in children in care. Prioritising adoption over support for families has led to a 65% increase in the number of children separated from their parents. According to the dossier, single mothers, immigrant mothers, teenage mothers and mothers on low incomes, of colour, and those with learning difficulties are particularly vulnerable. Women who suffer rape and/or domestic violence are most likely to have their children removed."

"The dossier notes the following:"

"A 14% increase in the past year alone in referrals to Cafcass.
Up to 5% of all families are referred for assessment every year.
The proportion of identified cases of abuse from parents has dropped significantly from 24% to under 8%.
Adoptions are at their highest point since the start of complete collection of data.
Domestic abuse features in 70-90% of cases going to family court and in 70% of Cafcass cases.
Less than 1% of child contact applications are refused, i.e. violent fathers are nearly always given some contact with their children if they request it."

"Anne Neale of Legal Action for Women, co-author of the dossier, commented:"

"The push for adoption has resulted in the highest ever number of children in care and an unprecedented level of state intrusion in family life. The fundamental relationship between mother and child is dismissed as irrelevant to a child's wellbeing and development, and the trauma of separation, and its lifelong consequences, are ignored."

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