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State Surveillance For Every Child In Scotland?


Scottish activist June Conway describes the controversy around a Scottish law, the “Named Person Scheme”, which appoints a state official to keep all children and their parents under state scrutiny and mandatory reporting from conception till majority. This scheme was developed under the Scottish government’s 'Getting It Right For Every Child' Policy (GIRFEC) which the Scottish government describes on its website as an approach to child policy that "has been built up" from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It is interesting to see how the UNCRC was interpreted in Scotland to develop a plan to keep families under constant and all-pervasive state scrutiny, and how parents were the last to find out about it. Though the UNCRC pays lip service to a child’s rights to its family, not a single country has interpreted its provisions to develop schemes that would strengthen vulnerable families. In practice its implementation in country after country has meant the establishment of laws and agencies that police the family. Its provisions have been used to justify increasingly swift and permanent severance of a child’s ties with its natural family.
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The Brutal History of Child Confiscation by the State by Cristina Nicoli


In this gripping essay, Cristina Nicoli, an Australian of Romanian origin, traces Norway's notorious child confiscation practices to historical instances of state-sponsored child removal. A grotesque picture emerges of brutal episodes of forced child removal over the last century all over the Western world, and its colonies, from Europe to Latin America to Australia, whether in the name of racial cleansing, or educating, 'civilising', integrating, or politically indoctrinating children.
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EU Plays Soft Empire Games With Global Child Rights by Dr. Kaustav Bhattacharyya


Dr. Kaustav Bhattacharyya presents international “standards-setting” as a tactic by the European Union (EU) for exerting influence around the world. He argues that child welfare measures and best practices are an important tool in the EU’s exercise of “soft” empire. Dr.  Bhattacharyya cautions that we in India should not blindly adopt the EU’s universalizing measures in child policy as research is showing that they have resulted in discrimination against immigrants, marginalized communities and ethnic minorities.
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How Norwegian experts came to reject biological kinship as relevant in child welfare policy by Professor Marianne Skanland


Professor Marianne Haslev Skanland writes about how experts in Norway came to ask for the exclusion of considerations of biological kinship – «the biological principle» – in formulating child welfare policy there. Indian readers will be intrigued to see just how far things can go once you set on the path of child rights as envisioned in the developed West today.   
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The Child Protection Services (CPS) – unfortunately the cause of grievous harm by Prof. Marianne Skanland


Norway, 2006. Article describing the systemic failures of Norway's child protection services. This will give the reader an understanding of how problems with Norway's child protection services are longstanding and pervasive; and that critcism comes from Norwegians themselves, and not only from outsiders.
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What About Child Rights in Surrogacy? by Catherine Lynch


Australian lawyer and adoptee rights activist Dr Catherine Lynch discusses the ethics of surrogacy, making a child-centered case for the abolition of all forms of surrogacy.
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UNICEF Silent On Hollywood Celebrity Supporter Kevin Spacey Accused Of Sexual Misconduct On 14-Year-Old.


Not only has UNICEF not commented on allegations regarding Kevin Spacey, or any other Hollywood celebrity’s, predatory and manipulative sexual …
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Global Child Rights Conventions Misunderstand Children and Undermine the Family to their Detriment by Suranya Aiyar


The Trump Administration should take up the worldwide fight against injustices by authoritarian and anti-family child protection services, a cause already espoused by many in the President's base. The threat of global child rights conventions arises once again for India as the USA mistakenly pressures us to sign the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Convention). Contrary to what US consular officials in India are saying, the Hague Convention is not limited to inter-parental custody disputes. Going beyond parental custody, the Hague Convention grants powers to any “institution” or "other body" to make cross-country custodial claims over children. This would allow child protection agencies to chase both parents around the world to forcibly extradite their children. The Hague Convention is part of an array of anti-family and globalist regulations that aim to give the State supra-custodial rights over children. What Trump supporters in the USA say against globalism echoes with many of us CPS critics as we struggle to understand how the well-meaning effort to help abused and disadvantaged children went so wrong. If there has ever been an example of the folly of internationalism and unchecked state intervention in private life, it is CPS.
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The Global Child Rights Model in India by Nandita Rao


"It is for the first time in the year 2000 with the amendment of the Juvenile Justice Act that the State in India stepped into the lives of families.....committees have been empowered to take any decision that they consider to be in the welfare of the child, overriding even the wishes of the child and the parents.....I have observed that both Child Welfare Committees and Courts, endorse keeping the child with the family as the first option. The decisions are normally to reinforce the family rather then to separate the child from the family. However, unfortunately, there is no mandate in the law to suggest that this should be the first option. It is merely the current social conditioning of the decision-makers. I have also observed that often teenage children who run away from home, within weeks of staying at a State-run institution, choose to return to their parents, and are allowed and encouraged to do so. Acknowledging that often the problems are not irreconcilable, but circumstantial. It is time we reconsider the role of the State in the life of a child."
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Norwegian MP Tears Into Their Child Welfare System


The most suspect and frustrating of all in child protection cases I hold to be the absence of any requirement of proof, of stated and reasoned cause, or of concrete answers. Allegations are made without any form of documentation, just expressions like “we think” and “our assessment”. The County Committees accept vague, undefined claims and arguments, and do not demand anything in the way of quality control and concrete justification for the CWS’s conclusions....They have in my view become a state within the state, they do not act according to existing laws and rules. It seems to me that they have one goal only: as many children as possible taken into care. This is not how the CWS should work.
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Norwegian Child Protection Hits Immigrants Hard by Aage Simonsen


Based on his experience monitoring child protection cases as member of a municipal monitoring committee, biologist Dr Aage Simonsen argues that the initially positive process of utilising the welfare state machinery to eradicate social divisions, has created an ideology with scant place for difference and a demand for uniformity, especially by Norway's child protection services which view everything departing from a textbook standard as potentially harmful for children. This often results in foreigners and newcomers to the country being singled out.
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Child Prisons? In Sweden? by Siv Westerberg


Article by Swedish lawyer, Siv Westerberg, on the treatment of children taken into Swedish state care. Published in the year 2000 by Nordic Committee for Human Rights, a Swedish non-governmental organisation that has been playing a leading role in exposing the human rights violations by child protection agencies in Sweden and elsewhere.
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Protecting Indian Childhood by Dr. Nandita Chaudhary, 25 September 2017


Cultural psychologist and child development expert, Dr Nandita Chaudhary, argues that blindly adopting child-related measures advocated by international agencies will sabotage the welfare of Indian children. In this paper, she makes the case for India to develop its own model of child welfare, that takes the due consideration of local ideologies, circumstances and ways of living of children and families across the country.
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Unfeeling U.S. agencies confiscate children from Indian parents by Siddharth Tiwari, The Sunday Guardian, September 2017  


Legal experts, doctors, and investigative journalists alleged that the US child protection agencies were biased and used flawed techniques to detect abuse.
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When Should a Child be Taken From His Parents by Larissa MacFaquhar, The New Yorker

USA

“The reckless destruction of American families in pursuit of the goal of protecting children is as serious a problem as the failure to protect children,”
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Eastern Child, Western Custody by Sumedha Sarvadaman, Sirf News, January 2015


This was a report about a Gujarati-origin family whose children were removed for forced adoption by British Social Services in 2015.
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Child Protection Amounts to Eugenic Selection? by Dr Kaustav Bhattacharyya, Swarajya Blogs, January 2015


In the name of protecting children from ‘unfit’ parents, the West is going the Nazi-Fascist way to cast future generations in a certain mould — at the expense of the primary social unit called family. Such countries can no longer pride themselves as liberal democracies.
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The Confiscation of the Bhattacharya Children in Norway, A Case Study


Among the well-known jurists who came to together to work on this study were Justice Mukul Mudgal  and Justice AP Shah, who had recently retired. The study is based on the County Committee and District Court orders and other official record of the case as sent to the mother by the Norwegian authorities.
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SAVE YOUR CHILD FROM UNICEF by Suranya Aiyar, August 2015


A study of UNICEF’s biased and false claims about Indian parents
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A brave bid to clean up the family courts will soon be over by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, March, 2017


Reflections on the imminent retirement of Lord Justice Munby, a brave judge who, as President of the Family Division of the British Court system that has jurisdiction over child care matters tried valiantly to bring Social Services to book.
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Police ignore judge’s order, to help Latvian family escape British social workers by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, 2015


"Over the past three years, mounting alarm has been expressed by the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and various eastern European governments at the readiness of Britain’s social workers to seize an ever-growing number of children from foreign parents working in the UK for what they consider to be wholly misguided reasons."
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What happened to putting children’s welfare first? by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, Oct. 2016


An article with some recent statistics on UK CPS and some history on their child laws.
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Parents had week-old baby taken away by social services after father heard ‘praising benefits of formula milk’ by Patrick Foster, The Telegraph, March 2017


"A local council has been ordered to pay damages after taking a week-old baby into care because the father expressed “unorthodox” views about the need to sterilise feeding bottles. A family court judge awarded the couple and their son, who is now 15 months old, a total of £11,250 after ruling that Kirklees Council had breached their human rights and misled a judge in a bid to remove the child from their care."
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The Iron Hand that Rocks the Cradle by Marianne Haslev Skanland, The Hindu, 2012


Almost all families attacked by Norway's 'child protection services' are good and loving. Some need help, but most of them need nothing other than to be left in peace.
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Are we taking too many children into care? The Guardian, November 2016


'Why is this happening – and what can be done?" Includes some latest statistics.
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Opening Up the Family Courts: Transparency in the Family Court and Court of Protection, Sir James Munby, 2013


"There is a pressing need for more transparency, indeed for much more transparency, in the family justice system."
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The Foster Care Business by Corporate Watch, 2015


"Foster care has become a lucrative business. Whether it should be a business at all is another question."
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Fostering children is big business by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, May 2016


"Most people would be startled to learn how much of the child protection sector is now dominated by a handful of companies, most of them run by ex-social workers. These companies are paid huge sums by local authorities to make their fostering arrangements."
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The real scandal hidden by gags is what goes on in family courts by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, 2011


Case of a mother deprived of her daughter when she complained to social workers about possible abuse by the estranged father.
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Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases by Vivek Sankaran, Law Professor, Univ. of Michigan

USA

"parents typically meet their attorneys for the first time in the courthouse immediately before or just following their initial removal hearing. In all likelihood, the attorney who claims to represent them was appointed (and will be paid) by the same court that authorised the children's removal."
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Children stolen by the state, needlessly causing utter misery in one of Britain’s most disturbing scandals by Christohper Booker, Daily Mail, 2012


"the social workers cite vague reasons based on opinion rather than testable evidence — they use terms such as ‘emotional abuse’ the use of which has soared by 70 per cent."
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10,000 Children Ripped From Their Families


Reported statistics on children in the UK care system. Express UK, 2011.
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Child protection: MPs must act on the scandal of seized children by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, 2010


"The parents must then wrestle with a Kafka-esque system rigged against them in every way. They find themselves in courts where every normal principle of British justice has been stood on his head."
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Its time to bring family law to book by Christopher Booker, The Telegraph, 2010


"Having talked at length to the mother, ...I put a series of questions to the council to get their side of the story. The response,,, was to ask the High Court to rule that I should not be allowed to write about the case at all."
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Family Justice: The Secret State That Steals Our Children, The Times, 2008


A number of anecdotes of children taken by UK Social Services.
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Family Courts: The Hidden Untouchables, The Times, 2008


"the child protection system is a sort of secret state....even councillors [who are supposed to oversee social workers] can be kept out of the loop."
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A Conspiracy of Silence, The Times, 2008: Secrecy in family courts and social services


"the child protection system should be accountable and transparent. Shockingly, it is neither."
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Family Justice: Your Word Against Theirs by Camilla Cavendish, The Times, 2008


"I wrote [earlier] about the many desperate parents who have approached me after losing their children to social services. One thing they all have in common is shock at how quickly the system seems to decide against them, and at how doggedly it sticks to that view despite all evidence to the contrary."
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Sally Clark: A Mother Wrongly Convicted of Child Murder Based on Spurious Abuse Theories


Sally Clark, a solicitor who lost two babies within weeks of their death for no apparent medical reason was convicted of murder based on spurious theories of parental abuse. Her conviction was later overturned.
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Justice Out of Balance by Michael Nott


A critique of abuse allegations based on the contested theory of Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy, published in 2004 in Nexus Magazine, Australia.
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Foster Care: Its Time to Think Out of the Box by Suranya Aiyar


"We must reject the ideology of the Western child welfare services that makes a split between the interest of the child on the on hand and the presence of parents and extended family in its life on the other."
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Understanding and Responding to Child Confiscation by Social Service Agencies


Suranya Aiyar surveys the principles and practices of Western child protection systems. Published in 2012 in Pravasi Today.
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Chopping and Changing to Suit Its Ends by Suranya Aiyar


Suranya Aiyar writes: "The blanket confidentiality under which the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (CWS) operates is exceptional in family law and extraordinary for a public authority in a democracy......In the age of WikiLeaks, the Norwegian tolerance for a powerful public authority like the CWS deflecting inquiry by pointing to a confidentiality rule is strange." Reflections on how confidentiality laws could be are shielding the mistakes and bias of the Norwegian child protection agency. Published in 2012 in the Hindustan Times.
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What Does Gunnar Toresen Know About Children? by Suranya Aiyar


On the removal of children from a Bengali family by Norway's notorious child protection agency in the famous Bhattacharya Case of 2012, Suranya Aiyar writes; "those who speak of racism and cultural intolerance only skim the surface of what is happening here. The question to be asked is what grotesque conception of family, of babyhood, of motherhood is at work here?" Published in 2012 by Kafila.
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Junk Science Serves Junk Justice: We Can Do Better by Norm Pattis

USA

Article by US lawyer, Norm Pattis, arguing that allegations of Shaken Baby Syndrome are based on "questionable scientific evidence". 2005, Connecticut Law Tribune.
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The Sounds of Silence: The Wrongful Diagnosis of Child Abuse – A Master Theory by Dr. James Le Fanu


UK, 2005. Paper by British physician, James Le Fanu on misdiagnosis of child abuse.
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Shaken Baby Syndrome, Abusive Head Trauma, and Actual Innocence: Getting it Right by Patrick D. Barnes, Keith A. Findley, David A. Moran and Waney Squier


USA, UK, 2012. A peer-reviewed academic paper refuting Shaken Baby Syndrome theory as a default diagnosis when certain symptoms are presented by babies and children.
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Smacking and the Law – A European Perspective by Ruby Harrold-Claesson


A critique of anti-smacking laws by Swedish attorney-at-law, Ruby Harrold-Claesson, who is also the President of the Nordic Committee for Human Rights, which does extensive work exposing atrocities of child protection services worldwide.
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The Curious Case of ‘Child Protection’ in Norway by Prof. Marianne Haslev Skanland


Overview of the Norwegian child protection services in the context of the case an Indian family, the Bhattacharyas, whose children were taken into foster care. Published by Pravasi Today in 2012.
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Foster Children as Lucrative Business by Siv Westerberg


Article on foster care in Sweden by lawyer, Siv Westerberg. Published by Sweden-based Nordic Committee for Human Rights, which does extensive work exposing atrocities of child protection services worldwide.  
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The Folly of Sweden’s State Controlled Families by Siv Westerberg


Lecture delivered in 1999 on Swedish child protection services by lawyer, Siv Westerberg. Published by Sweden-based Nordic Committee for Human Rights, which does extensive work exposing atrocities of child protection services worldwide.  
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Video of baby allegedly being snatched from mother by Norwegian CPS.

SBS Dateline programme on Norwegian CPS

This appears to be the video of a Dad finally able to take his kids home from foster care.

BBC Panorama Programme from 2009 on children taken in the UK by child protection services.

RT  Television programme on forced foster care in the UK.

Video allegedly of Finnish boys being taken by CPS.

Social Services taking children in the UK.

Can this be happening in Britain? In the name of welfare? Is this solidarity with the working classes??

Allegedly Dutch CPS taking children.

Parents on a British talk show claiming their children were wrongly taken.

In this video it would appear that a child is being forcibly taken from her home by police officers and social workers, apparently acting under court orders and with warrants.

Here, apparently, you have a social worker wanting parents of a new born to sign some kind of contract about the baby and she says to them that she doesn’t want to argue with them, she is just here to do her duty and carry out her job. What kind of child welfare system doesnt want to talk to the parents of a newborn when taking decisions about the newborn?

A baby removed in Britain through forced C-section of the mother, an Italian. This story was widely reported in the UK. The judge on the case was critical of Social Services, but they managed to turn public opinion by pointing to mental instability of the mother, and the baby was forcibly adopted away.