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  • #childrenfirst : What Part of Family Justice & Child Welfare Reform Don’t You Understand?
  • By Daveyone
  • https://world4justice.wordpress.com
  • 27/11/2015 Make a Comment
  • Contributed by: Daveyone ( 15 articles in 2015 )
Judge blasts social workers for LYING under oath and doctoring a report as part of an attempted ‘cover-up’ over the future of five children taken away from their parents
Judge blasts social workers for LYING under oath and doctoring a report as part of an attempted ‘cover-up’ over the future of five children taken away from their parents

  • Original report of parents’ assessment provided ‘positives’ and ‘negatives’

  • Judge Mark Horton said there was a ‘deliberate and calculated’ change

  • He said changes improved the case for removing children from family

  • Workers at Hampshire council wanted the children to stay in foster care

Judge Mark Horton, said there had been a ‘deliberate and calculated’ alteration of a social worker’s report by other social services staff at Hampshire County Council

Social workers lied on under oath and doctored a report as part of an attempted ‘cover-up’ which favoured five children being taken away from their parents.

Judge Mark Horton said there had been a ‘deliberate and calculated’ alteration to the dossier and changes had been made by a social worker and a team manager.

Alterations of the report, which was an assessment of the children’s parents, had completely changed its tenor and improved the case for removing the children from their parents.

In a family court hearing in Portsmouth, Judge Horton said: ‘It is exceptional to find a case in which there has been deliberate and calculated alteration of a report prepared by one social worker in order to make that assessment seem less favourable, by another social worker and the team manager; the withholding of the original report when it was ordered to be disclosed and the parties to the alterations lying on oath one of them twice, in order to try to cover up the existence of the original report.’

The original report of the parents, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had contained ‘positives and negatives’ and had been balanced.

Proceedings started more than two years ago and the children, aged between three and 16, are currently living with foster parents as part of an interim agreement.

Social workers for Hampshire County Council wanted them to stay in foster care but their parents wanted them returned to their care.

The family court in Portsmouth heard that changes to the report had completely changed its tenor

The family court in Portsmouth heard that changes to the report had completely changed its tenor

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I have become close to a dreadful story where a local authority tried but failed to take a child off her mentally ill parents. Over nearly nine months they experienced the full force of the state as it tried to find evidence of neglect, beginning literally three weeks before their baby was born.

The good news for all involved is that it seems that the family will stay together, with a final hearing in the family court likely to conclude that the mother and father are good parents and are skilful, loving and devoted to the fruit of their love.

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Source: https://world4justice.wordpress.com/2015/11/24/childrenfirst-what-part-of-family-justice-child-welfare-reform-dont-you-understand/


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