Sunday, September 04, 2011

Your children are too fat, so you will never see them again

I just came across this shocking story today:

Parents of seven told: Your children are too fat, so you will never see them again

Four obese children are on the brink of being permanently removed from their family by social workers after their parents failed to bring their weight under control.

In the first case of its kind, their mother and father now face what they call the ‘unbearable’ likelihood of never seeing them again.

Warned that the children must slim or be placed in care, the family spent two years living in a council-funded ‘Big Brother’ house in which they were constantly supervised and the food they ate monitored.

But despite subjecting them to intense scrutiny, social workers did not impose rules on what food the children should eat, and there was apparently little or no improvement.

News of the decision to remove them was broken to the couple, from Dundee, on Tuesday. Critics called it a disgraceful breach of human rights and a chilling example of the power of the State to meddle in family life.

The couple have not committed any crime and are not accused of deliberate cruelty or abuse. Their solicitor, Joe Myles, said there was ‘nothing sinister lurking in the background’ and accused social workers of failing to act in the family’s best interests.

Social workers became aware of the family in early 2008 after one of the sons accused his father of hitting him on the forehead. In truth, he had fallen and hit his head on a radiator – a fact he later admitted. However, the allegation opened the door to the obesity investigation.

The father, aged 56, said: ‘We have tried very hard to do everything that was asked of us. But nothing we’ve done has ever been enough.

‘The pressure of living in the family unit would have broken anyone. We were being treated like children and cut off from the outside world. To have a social worker stand and watch you eat is intolerable. I want other families to know what can happen once social workers become involved.’

Tam Fry, honorary chairman of the Child Growth Foundation, said: ‘This is a disgrace. These parents have clearly attempted to comply. They have, if you like, played Dundee City Council’s game and yet they are still losing their children.’


Some of the comments beneath the story are worth noting, this one from a Justice of the Peace: "Quote the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, Sec 1. Then administer the Official Caution to whoever turns up - learn it first. Then employ a lawyer if you don't have one already to take this up under the Human Rights Act 1998. This is one instance where I believe it is useful, and not just something to hide behind. Do It".

As others point out, most child protection Social Workers are overweight themselves. Has this case and others like it got something to do with meeting the adoption targets created by New Labour?

It seems that the SS like to take children away from 'easy-target' families who are compliant and easily intimidated. One reason Baby P died is that the social workers were scared of his mother, and didn't want to confront her. Social workers will involve themselves in your family on the most trivial grounds, and once they have their claws in you, they never let go. They will prey on you long enough to invent some manufactured pretext, then take your children away and give them to other families, in order to meet their adoption targets, and to pursue ideological social engineering objectives of their own, such as eliminating fathers from their children's lives, and increasing the number of gay and lesbian parents.

In theory, Social Services supposedly exists in order to give support to dysfunctional families. In practice, this means that they need to find a constant supply of clients, otherwise they will find themselves out of a job. By breaking families up, they create a whole host of new social problems for themselves to solve, thus generating work for themselves. It is all done in secret, but not to protect children. They have no interest in protecting children. It is all done in secret because if the public actually knew what is going on in child protection services in this country, there would be a revolution.