About Me

The purpose of this Blog is to inform, support and advise all of those involved in the UK Child Protection Process from the unique perspective of a parent who has experienced, negotiated and survived.

Unfortunately, the nature of the internet dictates that there is some very poor advice out there. One of my objectives is to create balance, and show that – with hard work, co-operation and engagement, the process can be survived and the best interests of the family served.

Who am I?
I am a parent of several children who has had almost four years experience of Child Protection Proceedings.
I am a parent who had a newborn removed from my care at birth on a “future risk of emotional harm” and placed into foster care with an ultimate plan of forced adoption. I contested this plan, fought with all I had, my baby was returned to my care and the case was closed.
I am a parent who has won cases against the LA as LiP. I now advise other parents going through the Child Protection Process, teach trainee Social Workers from a parent’s perspective, and present my story to experienced practitioners to promote humane social work and help them to reignite their passion for social work.

 

You can read my full story here:

Surviving Safeguarding…or There And Back Again.

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  2. Hi my name is Bobby, and I was given the link to this blog from a co-ordinator of a Surviving Psyco Educational course. I have read through parts and I think the work of whoever is behind it needs commending. I thank you.
    I am pretty new to this online stuff so would gratefully appreciate your patience if this has been asked and covered.
    How do I request some advice? It is a little complex, and swamping me, so would really appreciate some.
    Thanks again

  3. As a trained ex social worker who left the profession highly disillusioned I applaud your blog….I ve just finished reading the article in the guardian and was sadly not surprised at your experience. I wish you and your family all the strength and love you need to move on .
    Thank you.

  4. Hey just wanted to say a huge thanks for the seminar today. That’s the second time I met you and both times you have been an inspiration.
    I think you should write a book, to help educate and inspire us all.
    Keep regards
    P

  5. What a tragic miscarriage of life and justice. I don’t know how you’ve kept going? I am a grandparent going through the beginnings of this system. The fight is starting as reading your advice I found out that we should’ve been given all reports before the Initial Child Protection Conference two days before. We had 5 minutes to read about 100 pages. They talked over us. Made comments and recommendations I didn’t understand like PPP and decisions being made without any input on what we thought in all this. It was like we were just there to be emotionally raped while they (Social Work) smugly grinned at what was happening. I would like to ask you what you think we should do as we weren’t allowed to take the reports. Said they are shredded and no one has access to them after the conference. But did say it would be posted to us with the minutes of the meeting.

  6. Hi there Annie my midwife has give me your details I would really appreciate it if you would get back to me as my midwife Wendy Warrington from Bolton hospital said that you could really help me
    Thankyou Nicola xx

  7. Hello, I am so very sorry to hear of your sons tragic passing. I happened to come across your story after trawling through the Internet looking for other stories of parents fighting for custody of their children.

    I am currently in the midst of a custody battle. My son was removed from my care in June under the category of ‘Beyond Parental Control’ he has ASD. When I thought things couldn’t get much worse, they did – my two other children (currently still in my care) are also being added. Since the removal of my 12yo it has become a witch hunt. I also have ASD, however, never sought out a diagnosis because of the sigma attached (I am a single parent). So because I don’t have a diagnosis reasonable adjustments will not be applied for meetings/contact/hearing. I’m already at a disadvantage. I have no support system. No current input from MH services. I’m just muddling through. My solicitor is just going through the motions.

    I know you aren’t in a position to offer any advice. You have enough on your plate right now. I wish you strength. Xx

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