Children’s Panels Not Fit For Purpose.
Children’s Panels Not Fit For Purpose because panel members are on the most part blinded by Social Work Mambo, Jumbo!
Children’s Panels Not Fit For Purpose, many panel members in recent years has left the service, most panel members that have stayed has an inbuilt bias against parents and a strong belief that social workers can do nothing wrong even if proven to be out and out pork piers,
The other massive problem for most hard pressed parents is the sheer amount of paperwork that comes along with each hearing that even the best solicitors find hard to cope with.
Then we have the biggest headache of all, panel member changes, many panel members don’t turn up on time or if at all, anyone reading this might say so what, well its easy to get another in but they wont be reading the case notes only listening which is no use to man and or beast.
You can request the same panel members yet no-one tells anyone or the parents about this even most solicitors are unaware of these regulations!
Most panel members are terrified to go against SW child plan recommendations in case of something happening afterwards even though there can be severe multiple problems in the look after child’s placement which means in most part they are there to rubber stamp SW teams plans.
The best a parent can hope for if they can prove the social workers are negligent is to get the panel members to agree to order a safe guarders report which loos at both parties and issues damming reports which even then if against SW is an almost complete waste of time.
Social Work only cares about one thing and that’s keeping children in care, some local authorities has such a low return to parent care it seems they have a hidden agenda to not even consider it as an option going forward.
There is big business out there in the form of fostering agencies, its not in their financial interests to have children returned home after long-term placements have broken down so they advice their employees to play dirty and make sure they have the final word to children’s panels to make sure children stay in the system and little chance of returning to the parents by just making it up as they go along, most use it as an excuse for the placement breaking down and no-fault on their parts.
Children’s panels can except any information from any source by-passing the SW team all together, this information is not checked by anyone and can paint a parent as a pedophile without recourse but enough to stain ones character in the eyes of the panel members not to return children to their parents, this must not be allowed to continue and is against natural justice and the parents human rights and then becomes part of the child’s care-first record no matter what!
Most panels don’t read the entire file, in big cases this might take 200+ hours so they only look at snapshots of the latest information which is totally unfair to the children and their parents and SW teams know this and play on it!
The biggest problem with panels is SW abuse of power you easily know if the SW team is in case file trouble they come in mob handed sometimes over 15 different professionals will appear on the day and then totally command the entire proceedings not allowing the parents to question or debate anything with the end result a win for SW.
Most people reading this will say but there’s a children’s reporter there surely not, most reporters are brilliant and stop SW from going to far or doing anything illegal but controlling who speaks next or how long is not one of their jobs?
SW knows the game they do it nearly every day, solicitors are uselessly rubbish in these proceedings.
The main game SW play is breaking the family bonds they do this by keeping the kids in-care for as long as possible and trying everything to stop family contact, this is easier to get the children to think their parents no-longer want them and make the transition into permanency (parents losing their parental rights forever) and the children’s panels is used whether they admit it or not to rubber stamp SW plans to stop contact for some the most bizarre reasons anyone can imagine!
Why does no-one talk about the above, simple, stigma! No one wants to shout SW took my kids away and SW plays on this fact but if any parent wishes to talk about their story we will connect you to the only charity that openly challenges SW abuse, please email firstname.lastname@example.org spammers beware!
WHAT WOULD BE A WAY FORWARD!
In London they are trying a new way, judges take on a case stay with it the entire time and the results are over 70% of children are returned home and stay there this would stop dodgy social workers from making up stories and total fabrications and if nothing else level the playing field for parents and their children.
In Scotland you can appeal decisions but only 3 days afterwards and most decisions are mot substantive but basically 21 day continuance orders which means SW plans are continuing as planned……
WHAT CAN PARENTS DO?
Go to the SW OFFICE OR COMPLAINTS and ask for a SAR subject to access request this details all information on the care first records of your children in care, learn what SW knows but to scared to tell you or children’s panel members!
Children’s Panels Not Fit For Purpose and needs to be more transparent and legally fair and appeals should be judge lead from in house and heard within 7 days!