Social Services in the UK kidnapping or stealing our kids
We hear this phrase all the time so it is important we understand what it means in depth before you become victims of Social Services stealing /kidnapping your kids.
In the Uk Social Services Department was formed as far back as 1948 National Assistance Act and the birth of the 'Welfare State'. Back in those days they did a tremendous job helping families who were facing various challenges that led to parents or guardians struggling to raise their kids. on the raising up of kids
However, we see the very reason of Social Department changing where kids can be removed either temporarily or permanently from the care of their parents or guardians for the filmiest of reasons. Let me quickly say that there are good social service workers that have helped families to improve their parenting skills and put the interest of their kids above theirs. Also depending on the borough, you live there are some local authorities that help parents a lot in a bid to ensure that their kids remain in their care.
According to Article 6 of the UNCRC recognises that all children and young people have the right to survive and the right to develop. It says the government should do as much as they can to prevent the deaths of children and young people.
According to Articles 8 the right to private and family life protects persons against arbitrary or unlawful interference with their privacy, family, home or correspondence as well as against unlawful attacks on their honour and reputation. Any interference by public authorities can only take place on the basis of law.
These two main articles are where Social Services and the court find it difficult as to when Social Services must step in and interfere in the raising up of kids. I believe that Children should only be removed from the care of their parents in exceptional cases when there is imminent danger. As of September 2019, 12% of children's social workers in England working for local authorities were Black, 6% Asian and 4% from mixed, among those whose ethnicities were known, according to the annual workforce census carried out by the Department for Education (21 July 2020).
Now the question we ask why is the percentage of black kids in the UK greater than every other nationality or race.
Most of these kids have parents that were raised up in Africa. The way kids are brought up in Africa is different from here. It is sad to see parents get into trouble and some even losing their kids to the state because they are only doing what their parents did to raise them up. Many don’t know that a child can be removed from you if you are deemed to emotionally harm that child. The most common reason nowadays is the risks of future harm. Other reasons are for negligence, physical, sexual, medical and emotional harm
Physical abuse – including assault, hitting, slapping, pushing, misuse of medication, restraint or inappropriate physical sanctions. They are nonaccidental injuries and harm that come from a child’s caretaker. Physical discipline, such as spanking or paddling, is not regarded as abuse as long as it is reasonable and doesn’t leave mark on the child.
Neglect – When a child’s basic need is not met, that is called neglect. A parent or guardian is expected to provide food, shelter and clothing for a child. They must ensure that the child attends school.
Medical – parents who don’t take kids for routine check-ups or vaccinations can be regarded as medically harming the child. I know a lot of people would be shocked to hear that exercising your right not to allow your child from being vaccinated can lead to Social Care workers accusing you of being medically abusive towards the kid or kids.
Sexual – Allowing children to engage in or expose them to any form of inappropriate sexual situations full under this category of abuse
Emotional – difficult to identify but it means damaging the child’s confidence. A typical emotional abuse id when parents fight in front of the kids. Shouting and condemning the looks of the child can also be deemed as emotional harm.
According to Social Service they look for the following signs:
1. Physical - child may have injuries that are unexplained such as cigarette marks, Bruises. Those kids are said to be withdrawn and don’t want to leave the house or is very frightened of parents (no eye contact with parents)
2. Neglect – A child begging for food or steals food (maybe sign of hunger or starvation). A child always wearing dirty or inappropriate clothes for the weather. The child may have strong body odour or looks very unkept.
3. The child may have difficulty walking or sitting, experience sudden changes in their appetite or seems very knowledgeable about sex.
4. Emotional – a child demonstrates extreme emotional behaviours (very aggressive or overly passive), acts too mature or too childish, or doesn’t show any attachment to parents
The mere existence of these signs doesn’t necessarily mean that the child has been subjected to abuse but if they see one or more of these signs in a child, it may be considered by Social Services as a potential maltreatment or abuse. I would want to concentrate on why the percentage of kids removed from their parents is greater amongst the blacks and what Black Parents should do when they are known to the social services It is always best to be knowledgeable before you fall a victim of such draconian action by social services. Watch out for Part Two that would address the above.
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- Brenda Caesar Conteh
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- 25 Apr, 2021
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