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Eight-month-old baby whose parents refused to give a first name should be put up for adoption, judge rules

• <b>Baby is known only by surname as parents refuse to give her first name</b>• <b><br>They have also not registered the birth of the eight-month-old baby</b>• <b><br>Claim doing</b> …

Social services investigation urged

By<p>MPs and foster carers have called for an investigation into claims a social services department wrongly removed vulnerable children.<p>The calls come …

'Baby with no name’ judge defends the biased system

There has been a huge increase in the number of children being removed from their parents on grounds of 'emotional abuse', reports Christopher Booker.<p>Among the many serious puzzles raised by the peculiar workings of our “child protection” system, three continually recur. One is a huge increase in …

Pelka: social workers let down the children who really need them

Social services are at fault for failing to intervene when it is justified, but also for being too ready to do so when no action is called for<p>It hardly needed Coventry’s senior MP to call for the resignation of the head of the city’s children’s services to tell us that the awful death of little …

Sociology

New family court guidelines won’t improve a rotten system for children

Lord Justice Munby's proposals won't change the fact that far too many children are taken into care for no good reason<p>Excitable coverage was given last week to new draft guidelines issued by Sir James Munby, the judge in charge of our family courts, which it was claimed would be a groundbreaking …

Human Rights

Judge calls for more transparency in family courts

The most senior family judge in England and Wales has demanded more transparency in the courts after rejecting social workers’ attempts to silence a father whose baby was taken into care against his will.<p>Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court, said the public had a …

Social Work

Children advertised like pets for sale

Anonymity doesn't apply in the case of adoption. It is hypocritical, and the result is distasteful<p>There are few things our “child protection” system is keener to enforce than the rigorous secrecy rules that it claims are vital to protect the identity of children who have been removed from their …

Pets

Judge rejects ban on naming and shaming social workers

The most senior family judge in England and Wales has rejected a legal bid to ban the naming and shaming of social workers in a controversial case which saw a baby taken from his parents against their will.<p>Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court, said the law could not …

Social Work

Top judge's war on secret courts: Family hearings must be exposed to 'glare of publicity'

• <b>Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division of the High Court said parents of children taken into care should no longer be gagged by</b> …

The video judges tried to block: Father secretly records harrowing moment six-hour-old baby is taken away by social services

• <b>Seizure by Staffordshire social workers secretly recorded on webcam</b>• <b><br>Shows police and staff telling couple they have to take 'baby J' away</b>• <b><br>Film can be</b> …