More UN Member States Ban Corporal Punishment – But The UK Still Refuses To

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Whilst our Prime Minister has been busy peddling the virtues of a big society, and the importance of children in it, his government still refuses to ban corporal punishment of children in the home.

It’s not secret that here at Researching Reform we are passionate advocates of banning assaults against children in all contexts, including their homes – after all, if it is illegal for a grown man or woman to hit another adult, even if the assault doesn’t leave a mark, why should the same not apply to children?

And now, a growing number of United Nations Member States are signing up to banning corporal punishment in all settings by making it a crime to do so.

Although we have banned smacking in schools, nurseries and other places outside of the home, we continue to allow ‘reasonable  chastisement’ in the home.  Much to our shame, this…

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Charity Aims To Return Children Taken Through Forced Adoption

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A new charity, Children of the Voiceless, has just been set up to return children wrongly taken through involuntary adoption, (often referred to as forced adoption because removal takes place without parental consent). The charity vows to take legal action against child protection agencies who have acted negligently in the process.

As you might imagine, the charity has a story of its own. Established by Martin Fricek, a father who found himself at risk of losing his baby to child protection services, and who subsequently fled the UK with his partner, the charity’s Home Page explains that it has been set up to to fight to “return children who have been forcibly adopted for child protection reasons back to their parents, and to provide advice on taking legal actions against child protection agencies whose actions involve negligence.”

Quite apart from his own experience inside the family courts, Fricek has…

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Question It!

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Welcome to another week.

A new pilot scheme imported from America will ask domestic violence victims to sit face to face with their abusers and participate in therapy sessions. The scheme is considered pioneering and progressive in the United States, but women’s charities in the UK have been critical of Harrow Council’s decision to run the counselling sessions.

There are differing levels of domestic violence, none acceptable, but some of which may not cause victims to feel that they are unable to sit with their abusers and try to work through the conduct itself. Many victims still care for partners who have wronged them and may wish to improve their relationship rather than leave it.

However, there is a fine line when it comes to conduct that could escalate into threatening behaviour so serious that it impacts the victim for life, and victims who care for their partners, as opposed to those…

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