Christopher Booker writes ‘critical sense’ once again in The Telegraph:
The great black hole at the centre of the edifice of humbug built around Article 8 is the quite astonishing way in which judges and others involved in our peculiar “family protection” system too often manage wholly to disregard the human rights of children. No one can object where agents of the state intervene when children are genuinely in danger. But children may be snatched, far too readily, from loving homes, to be imprisoned in a “care system” where they are not only miserable and confused but are too often truly abused.
The taking of children into care has soared in recent months to record levels. Meanwhile, ChildLine reports that the numbers – in their thousands – who annually complain of abuse in local authority care has risen in recent years by 32 per cent. In the dozens of cases I have been following, it is a story I have heard again and again.
The way such children are treated makes a mockery not just of the 1989 Children Act, which states that the interests of the child must be paramount, but also of the Human Rights Act. If the story told by this girl is as true as the evidence that I have seen and heard suggests it is, it might be argued that her rights have been infringed not just under Article 8, but Articles 3, 5, 6 and 7 as well.
Please, if you’ve read this much, do consider signing our petition The Secrecy in Family Courts should be lifted NOW.
- On not being able to bridge the gap between the EU Fundamental Charter for Human Rights and the UK Human Rights Act (victims-unite.net)
- The walls of secrecy surrounding snatched children are creating a one-sided justice system, argues Christopher Booker (insupportofjohnhemming.wordpress.com)
- The battle is on: between the Court of Public Opinion and the Private Courts of Family Law Judges (victims-unite.net)