we know with all child care cases, it is inevitable that Social
Services and Social workers become involved.
Many articles in the press over recent years have levied much
criticism at Social Services and the treatment of families. The
press cannot report something that isn't true or not have some
evidence of fact. Nor can they break laws or violate the children's
act. Otherwise, it would result in massive law suite to which a
paper can ill afford. Local Authorities have their own legal department
which is funded through tax payers money. Therefore it is fair
to assume their financial pit is almost bottomless and with such
a strong support could afford to take the press on. But they have
not. Why? Because the press have reported the truth and the local
authority would lose.
For Example, Liz Railton, formerly of Essex County Council, made
a compliant to the press complaints committee as a result of all
the press articles levied against Essex County Council during 2004/2005.
But, the committee has done absolutely nothing because what the
press reported was the truth.
Whenever we see a news event, the press, in order to have a balanced
view, are compelled to ask the local authority for an opinion.
Their standard response is always as follows:
“We cannot comment on individual
cases, each case is based on its own merit, Social Services follow
procedures and the court
make the final decision, these decisions are not taken lightly”
So, if evidence is submitted to the court, which is either incorrect,
misrepresented, or even as severe as perjury, why won’t the
police act? In Essex alone, we know seven families went to the
police, and two cases in particular, where there was sufficient
evidence to demonstrate an attempt to pervert the course of justice
and also in one case we actually had evidence of a social worker
Yet the police declined to investigate citing a procedural technicality
as reason not to pursue the complaints.
Jack Frosts book of the Gulag of the Family Court clearly documents
severe failings and names individuals who are culpable. If the
claims of the book were either false or misleading, one has to
ask the question why Jack has not been prosecuted for slander!
Here we feel it is important to highlight the achievements of
some of the work thus far.
Focusing initially on Essex County Council.
Chris lost his children whilst living in Essex. He undertook much
work to investigate the procedures of Essex County Council.
We believe, as a result of the seriously adverse publicity Essex
County Council has received, and the documented evidence in Jack
Frost’ book the “Gulag of the Family Court” we
are pleased to state the following;
Liz Railton, former Director of Childrens Services for Essex County
Council is no longer working for the local authority.
Head of Childrens Services for Essex County Council, Nicky Pace,
is no longer working in the County.
Marcus Johnson, Service Locality Manager for Central Essex, (whom
we know was in charge of many of the cases mentioned in the media)
has been moved to Service Manager Residential Units. Sadly he is
still in Essex but at least in this role he can do far less damage
to families lives.