What to do with an abused child?

Well, that seems to depend on the kind of abuse.  If the abuse is physical or sexual, the child will be removed from a parent(s) and put into care.  That’s public law.  In Parental Alienation cases, children are left to rot.  They are allowed to remain with their abuser.  That’s private law. But the ‘threshold’ …

Making PA a Crime

You will see elsewhere that I advocate making PA a criminal offence, as well as a distinct tort.  Well, I have found a lawyer that ‘gets it’ – and these are rare.  The lawyer is June Venters QC, and her article is here. I have to say that it is refreshing to find a lawyer …

Do we need Specialist Social Workers?

Do we need specialist social workers? We have already highlighted the need for more specialisation for lawyers.  UKAP argues here for the need for more specialisation for social workers also. Introduction The chief problem with social work in this field is an in-built prejudice against men.  This is highlighted in a recent report from the …

Judges and Accountability

Judges and Accountability The judges of England and Wales are in quite a unique position.  This is for a number of reasons – the full constitutional position is explained here.  But, for these purposes, we do not need to know too much about the distinctions between the legislature (Parliament), the Executive (Government) and the Judiciary …

Looking for Dad?

God, the Missing Link, and Why Dads Matter I am reminded of an interesting experiment outline by Robert Winston in his “Human Instinct” involving T shirts. Ten babies were washed and all given clean, identical T shirts. They then wore the T shirts for several days and the parents were instructed not to bathe the …

The Scandal of Court Fees

Courts Rake in Huge Profits from Court Fees – The Implications for Access to Justice It seems that, following a huge hike in court fees last year, the Courts Service have made a very nice profit of just over £100 million, according to figures released in December 2017. The family courts raked in £186 million… …