On the 7th of June, everyone is encouraged to participate in this event organised by “Legal Action for Women”, which is a day full of debate, analysis and discussion.
According to the organisation “Legal Action for Women”, “following the US-model, forced separations of mothers and children have increased massively in the UK in the past 20 years, especially against those of us on low incomes, of colour, immigrant, teenagers, with learning difficulties… Sexism, racism, domestic violence – usually suffered by the mother -, poverty, homelessness … all influence decisions to remove children from their mothers”.
Everyone knows that mothers are children’s first line of protection and defence, but this is increasingly denied.
The organisers of the event explain that “early intervention by the state in the name of protecting children has led to cruel and traumatic separation rather than compassionate support.
One third of children report being abused while in care. It has spawned an industry which feeds on the attack on parents’ capacity to raise their own children”.
As “emotional abuse and neglect” have become a more common basis for intervention than physical or sexual abuse, the discretionary powers of social workers have dangerously expanded. In Scotland, the new ‘Named Person’ legislation is being challenged in the Supreme Court as it raises concerns that the state is undermining families by taking parenting powers upon itself.
A child protection social worker warns us about the government’s latest plans: “The “undeserving poor” have lost their council homes; lost their benefits and lost their community services. Why not make it easier to lose their children too?”
But mothers, grandmothers and other carers in the US and UK are forming self-help groups and fighting back.
Hosted by Legal Action for Women the event “Suffer the little children – Stopping forced separations of children from mothers in UK and US”, is open to all to learn and discuss about these issues.
The guest speakers include The Richard Wexler, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, USA, and author of “Wounded innocents: the real victims of the war against child abuse”; Cristel Amiss from Black Women’s Rape Action Project; Nicola Mann from Women Against Rape; Anne Neale from Legal Action for Women; Kim Sparrow from Single Mothers’ Self Defence, and Mothers fighting for their children.
“Suffer the little children”, is a dossier by Legal Action for Women documenting mothers’ struggle in the family courts in England, that will be launched on Tuesday 7th of June during a meeting in the Houses of Parliament.
Date and venue: Tuesday, 7 June 2016 6.30 pm. – 8.30 pm. Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, SW1A 2LW. Westminster. (Portcullis House is part of the Houses of Parliament, so you need to allow time to go through security) Sponsored by Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead & Kilburn.
(Information by Legal Action for Women) – Photos: Pixabay.