More control over social services procedures

More control over social services procedures

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Melissa Bingham started this petition

After going through this myself,I have noticed a lot of deviant behaviour from local authorities.

They are very much affecting the core of family life. I do recognise that they do some good work,coming to the aid of children and vulnerable people when they need it most.

There are things that they state which is opinion based,which when things get serious can be easily construed as truth. Parents are unable to have their say at meetings and court when they try correct these. And even if there is evidence that counters what they say they're still able to keep doing it; there is no consequence for them.

Yet the consequences families face are far worse whether cleared or not: It stays with you. You doubt all you have learned as a parent and indeed a person. You fear that your family will be ripped apart at every turn. Not only that,procedures are drawn out over 26 long weeks,it's rare that they are finished early. Meaning that in young children especially,the bond that was being built is taken. You can rebuild but that will never be regained.

They profess to be "in the interests of the child",this is far from true. They also claim that their end goal is that (where possible) the child is returned home,also false. They have preset ideas of what they wish to happen and push for that. Only using evidence that will support this,nothing to the contrary. They also claim to uphold development but when parents are seen to be helping their children exceed these,or if the child is more able,you are chastised.

I am petitioning for parents that have been falsely accused of abuse/neglect. I wish that social services and local authorities follow the same strict guidelines that criminal courts follow. If no proof can be found then the children should be returned home,with haste,with close monitoring. It is not fair to treat people as guilty before anything is proven.

We need our say,we need to be parents. Men and women all over the country are living in fear of social services when sometimes all they need is a helping hand. And to me THIS is what social services should be there to do-help the vulnerable and needy.

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