Making Informed Decisions Is Important in the Court Room

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One of the biggest mistakes that people make in family legal situations usually has to do with taking actions such as leaving the state with the child, withholding visitation from the other parent, moving without telling the mother or father of the child etc. There are a lot of situations in which there is a moment where you have to stop what you’re doing and ask yourself, should I be doing this? What are my rights as a mother, father, grandparent or sibling? Will it be considered illegal if I take off with my son or daughter? The answers to these kinds of questions depend heavily on the circumstances of each individual situation and may in fact require the assistance of a legal professional that can advise you on your choices. Here are some tips for parents who don’t know what to do but know that…

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International Court of Justice orders Japan to suspend its Antarctic whaling program

UK Human Rights Blog

japan-whaling-e1270007253119The International Court of Justice has today upheld Australia’s bid to ban Japan’s Antarctic whaling program.

ICJ president Peter Tomka said the court concluded the scientific permits granted by Japan for its whaling program were not scientific research as defined under International Whaling Commission rules.  The Court had found, by a majority of twelve votes, that Japan had conducted a program for logistical and political considerations, rather than scientific research.

The following is based on the ICJ’s press release.

Findings of the Court

First, the Court dismissed Japan’s argument that the Court had no jurisdiction over the dispute, submitted by Australia.

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25th APRIL 2014 : Parental Alienation Awareness Month!

 Mother facing a Dubai jail and separation from her son!


 -last updated Tue 4 Feb 2014 World Dubai

A London mother is facing jail in Dubai after being accused of abducting her own child. Afsana Lachaux’s ex-husband has accused her of kidnapping their son in a bitter custody battle.

Now her family in London are urging the UK Government to intervene to protect her from being jailed.

Credit: Family photo

It is now four months since three-year-old Louis Lachaux whose face can’t be shown for legal reasons last saw his mother.

Afsana Lachaux went into hiding, but it’s alleged the toddler was later snatched by his father from a shopping centre in Dubai.

The photograph below was taken when Rabbhi Yahiya, Afsana’s older son, visited his mother and younger brother.

Credit: Family photo

After the break-up Afsana, who is from east London was awarded custody but claims her husband hid her son’s passport so she couldn’t leave the country.

It was after she failed to take Louis to an access meeting with his father that she was charged with abduction. She is now facing three years in prison and deportation back to the UK without her son.

Credit: Family photo

After the Foreign Office told them it could not interfere in the judicial proceedings of another country the family turned to their local MP.

Under Shaira Law, Asfana has been told she must produce three witnesses to support her defence of domestic abuse. He denies the accusations.

Ironically she is a muslim, her husband is not . Her family believe the reason she is being judged so harshly is because she is a woman.

Mothers DO NOT Always Know BEST!

‘Missed opportunities’ to save baby Callum Wilson


This serious case review report concludes that it is very likely Callum Wilson’s death could have been prevented.

But “missed opportunities” meant the 11-month-old’s mother killed him and no one who could have done or should have done intervened to protect him.

It concludes that:

Professionals in three different settings – the GP practice, the children’s centre, and a child health clinic – did not comply with the child protection procedures and training they had received and did not report suspicious injuries to the local authority social care service.

This points the blame at key front line workers.

In the months and weeks leading to Callum’s death the report records that a social worker noticed scratches on Callum’s face on a home visit, his GP noticed bruising on his face and head, and staff at a children’s centre where his mother took him noticed scratches and bruises on him on several occasions.

But no one, the SCR reads, reported any of their concerns to the Local Authority.

The SCR concludes that the risks Callum faced were consistently underestimated, and that he should have been much more closely monitored.

It says that there are important lessons that have already been learnt about the training, skills and knowledge of individual professionals and by the teams involved about the need to better share information between agencies.

Emma Wilson was jailed in January for the murder of her baby, Callum. Credit: Press Association

But there are issues beyond the individuals concerned, failures in the system too:

It notes that the caseloads of health visitors in the area, East Berkshire, exceeded national recommended levels, which limited the time staff had to make assessments and make visits.

One local councillor has already alleged that cuts to local services are compromising services.

Another damning conclusion is that the current arrangements for the transfer of GP records (information sharing) was “not fit for purpose” in relation to the needs of vulnerable children like Callum.

It also points out that with hindsight, another mistake was giving primary responsible for the case to a “newly qualified and inexperienced social worker” and that the “potential complexity of the case was underestimated”.

Those involved in the serious case review expressed their “sincere sympathy to those who loved Callum in his very short life”.

It states that all the recommendations have already been implemented.


Previous Reviews and Reports but the Social Services ‘Move On having learned’ and assured us it cannot happen again but…..!

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