We started this site in February 2014 and we will continue to add to and update what is here. It may be that you can’t find what you are looking for right now but we will make sure the information is up as soon as possible. Please let us know if you have suggestions for what would be useful to include.
The purpose of this website is to try to help everyone - parent or professional – who is involved in the Child Protection (or Child In Need) process to navigate through the confusing legal maze of children’s services intervention and the family courts.
We would also like to contribute to a debate about how best to make the child protection system fair, transparent and effective.
How we started and what guides us
We are a group of people who ‘met’ online in various discussions about the child protection system. We have experience of the system from a wide variety of perspectives and were all very worried about the degree of misinformation being offered to some potentially very vulnerable people. We have no official or commercial affiliations, we are all volunteers and contributing to this site in our own time.
Some of our contributors do not wish to disclose their identities on the site due to the sensitive nature of the subject matters we discuss, but when individuals wish to identify themselves, they will make this clear.
We agree with the words of Lord Laming
‘Please keep me safe’. This simple but profoundly important hope is the very minimum upon which every child and young person should be able to depend. Sadly, sometimes even our imaginations fail to help us understand the dependency of young children or the vulnerability of adolescents, regardless of their displays of bravado.
Most adults recognise that children and young people need security, stability, love and encouragement. As the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks put it, “Children grow to fill the space we create for them, and if it’s big, they grow tall”. The years of childhood pass all too quickly and become the foundation upon which the rest of life depends.
[...] In general, families are best placed to care for children and promote their welfare. Fortunately the vast majority of parents seek the best for their children and, entirely rightly, the state supports them in this important task. However, parenthood incorporates not only rights but also responsibilities: it is a lifetime commitment. Particular mention should be made of the part to be played by fathers, not least as good role models.
Our aim is to give good, helpful, and lawful advice and support to everyone involved in the process and to highlight other useful sources of information that we find.
Who contributes to this site?
Birth Parents, Foster Carers and Adoptive Parents have all contributed so you can see stories from every side of the process. Social Workers and Family Lawyers are among many of the professionals that have also contributed to the site to provide information about what their roles can be.
We hope this will be an ever growing resource – so if you have something you think would be useful to share with others please get in touch and let us know.
We welcome all contributions to the debate as long as they are polite. Our guiding principle is that ‘serious allegations require serious evidence’.
Please feel free to join in, by either commenting on our articles or submitting your own article for publication here.
We added this paragraph after a helpful comment from one of our contributors.
This is the internet. We can’t carry out extensive background checks on everyone who contributes. If we think something looks credible and helpful we will publish it. If we get something wrong, please tell us. When contributors are happy to be identified, we will provide as much identification as possible to let you feel confident about them. But a lot of our contributors want to remain anonymous for pretty obvious reasons and we have to respect that.
But it is good advice on ANY internet site – be cautious. You often can’t be sure who anyone is. Don’t use this site to replace getting help and advice from the trusted real life professionals you know. We hope it will act mainly as a useful signpost to you.
Views expressed on this website are not necessarily the views of the owners/ creators of the website. We have contributions from all sorts of people involved in the child protection system. We won’t post/ allow anything we think is libellous or illegal and anything we do post is done so with the best of intentions.
We welcome any comments from people with an interest or experience in the child protection field. But we ask that comments are polite and supported by evidence wherever possible or appropriate. If we think a comment is deliberately insulting or displays 3 or more of the characteristics listed here, we will delete it and may move it to the Response to Commentators section, where it can be answered without derailing or detracting from any constructive debate.