Ordeal: Lucy's son was nearly taken into care when she was wrongly accused of putting his life in danger
One would like to think that this was just some joke, a fiction, something that would never happen in a civilised democratic country that had a legal system in place and laws that are supposed to judge one innocent until proven guilty.
As I belong to an organisation who deals with these types of issues quite often and sadly sometimes, just a little too late. Occasionally we hear that a Father decides that he can no longer bear the agony of having lost all he had, including his own children, makes the decision to end his life..
It has happened often enough to sadly force one to just accept it as a normal anticipated response. There are very few services available to Dads, who have been grounded down by an inhuman system who claims they have the "best interest of the child"(in most cases the "child" is the mother) in mind but seems indifferent about how or what Fathers are supposed to do when they are totally and completely stripped of everything they had and held dear. In most of those sad cases, one can understand why that decision was made and one can only imagine to what depth of despair they reached in order to make that option preferable..
Over the last year we have lost three dads. Each and every one having faced that inhuman grinder that considers the father to be just an unlimited ATM and does not require any consideration about where he can live or how he will survive. It truly is horrific and heartbreaking, to witness a human being, ground into a useless and irrelevant member of society..
So I can relate to what this woman went through in this article and it is usually the case, that unless it is a woman complaining, it would never even see the light of day and especially not be exposed in the MSM. Only women matter, as far as they are concerned and no one give a damn about the Fathers..
The 'experts' who break up families: The terrifying story of the prospective MP branded an unfit mother by experts who'd never met her - a nightmare shared by many other familiesBy Sue Reid
A little over a year ago, Lucy Allan led what most people would regard as an eminently respectable life.
The middle-class mother, a Tory councillor, was happily married to her stockbroker husband, Robin, and doted on their ten-year-old son, who loved going to school and was a passionate cricketer.
Indeed, such was Mrs Allan’s standing in the community that this accountant and former investment banker was on David Cameron’s A-list of potential MPs and a prospective Conservative candidate at the last election.
She devoted her spare time to her council duties. Twice a month, she sat on the local fostering panel, which oversaw the removal of children from their parents and placed them with new families.
It was heart-rending work, as she recalls. ‘At each fostering meeting we were presented with horrifying cases of abusive parents, almost always depicted as “substance abusers”, mentally unstable or “unable to put the needs of their children over their own needs”.
‘Often, this portrayal was supported by an expert report from a psychiatrist, psychologist or medical doctor,’ says Lucy.
‘It never occured to me, or any member of the panel, that the information we were presented with might be a distorted, twisted fiction — or that the reports were anything other than independent.’
Now, her view has changed. She suspects that many of the damning reports were written by experts who had never met the families in question, to suit the wishes of social workers under pressure from the Government to increase the number of children adopted.
As a result of this process, more and more children are being taken into state foster care.