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Petition to Human Rights Campaign, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Birmingham City Council

Let my son be with his family

Where to begin. First and foremost Birmingham Children's Services have themselves stated my son has NEVER come to ANY harm in the care of his mother/myself. My son was placed on a child protection register at birth due to me having convictions for violence 4 years previous, he was kept on child protection aged 3 months due to the fact he was "a very advanced baby" and this "may have led his mother to expect to much of him which might cause significant emotional harm". From July 2014-September 2014 my son , his mother and myself lived a happy peaceful life the days were spent loving,nurturing and enjoying our cheery,happy perfect baby ,however we made the grave error of reporting the fact social worker NADINE REDSHAW was turning up clearly intoxicated and had pictures on her Facebook of her friends babies drinking cans of carling, after that Children's Services embarked upon a smear campaign with the aim of stealing our son for adoption. We were branded "bizarre and paranoid" for refusing to strip our son naked in front of a room full of 10/12 strangers, his mother was labelled as "having a learning difficulty she struggled with" - she has genius level IQ (Children's services declined her offer to take an IQ test), we were branded "tremendously defiant" for refusing to sign our son over to my abusive mother , his mother simply asking for the law to be adhered to meant she had "personality difficulties" and quiet unbelievably our next door neighbours were asked to sign a statement "telling a little white lie" - the "little white lie" being that my son's mother had gone out and left our son in the house unsupervised. Back in December 2014 my son was illegally and viciously seperated from his mother by Birmingham Children's Services and my own mother who has a history of abusing children. 2 days before Christmas his mother went to collect him only to have my own mother refuse to hand him over whilst screaming PPO (police protection order) at my son's mother so his mother rung the police to retrieve our son only for the social worker SYEDA TAHERAH AHMED to lie to the police and claim my mother had custody. The reason Social Services gave for so brazenly breaking the law was "the child may be harmed" due to the fact that his mother and myself had had a verbal disagreement when our son wasnt in our care. His mother wanted to take our son to her fathers home in a different city without me. She kept trying to get our son back for the same thing to keep happening until we were taken to court. My mother made up a pack of lies to try and keep our son for herself. Social Services advocated for her relentlessly and the courts put our son in the care of this woman despite the fact at the time she was under police investigation for serious child abuse allegations perpetrated against her own children (me). Thankfully an independent social worker highlighted what a danger this woman was and my son was removed. Me and his mother PASSED a parenting assessment, we proved all allegations against us to be lies and his mother offered to take our son upon him being returned to her care to live at her fathers home away from myself (the "problem"). However Children's services decided to press for adoption due to facts we are still unsure of. At the Final Hearing the social worker was proven to have lied repeatedly about his mother and so had the guardian ELAINE BENNETT. After a 5 day hearing and a 2 week wait we were told our son would be placed for adoption due to the fact his mother had "drawn a malicious picture" of the social worker and because his mother had asked the social worker SYEDA TAHERAH AHMED and manager RUTH EVELYN HILL to apologise for the fact she had been told she could not care for him as a vunerable single parent. Barbara Carter of Barbara Carter Solicitors was the judge behind this scandalous decision she made findings on things his mother was not even questioned about,falsely claimed my sons mother accepted threshold and felt it appropriate to describe him as 'a very attractive baby to adopters' (one of the reasons the order was given according to Barbara Carter). Legal Aid solicitors CARTWRIGHT KING and BLAIR ALLISON colluded with BCS to remove our son for 'potential risk of emotional harm'. My son has until March to be rescued from the clutches of strangers, strangers who follow a completely different religion to him, strangers who are ripping a child from a loving mother to help fill a void in there own lives. My son is not your baby to have, He has a family who love and want him, he is the centre of the whole family and without him it is pointless. His mother says her home feels like someone has died without him in it. He doesn't deserve to be punished for my actions, his mother doesn't deserve to be punished because of my actions and he definitely doesn't need ripping from his family until he is 18 for things his mother "may or may not do" based on MY past. His mother due to Birmingham Family Courts decision to refuse to process her appeals for some unknown reason now has to wait to oppose the adoption order. Enough signatures will get my son's voice heard and just maybe if his voice is heard loud enough he might just might be returned to where he belongs and the courts might stop ignoring applications put before them and see justice done. If the family courts weren't secret he would have NEVER been removed. I quote Paul Pennington-Wilson (independent social worker) : "The parents present as loving parents who's lives revolve around their son" and finally i quote judge Barbara Carter "the mother is clearly a very bright,intelligent,engaging and fiesty young woman with much to offer those around her including her son." Tom Latimer

Tom Latimer Snr
7,580 supporters
This petition won 22 hours ago

Petition to Mr Tan Chuan-Jin

Please improve our Public Toilets in Singapore for People with Disabilities

Dear Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Re: Changes proposed for our Public Toilets for People with Disabilities We are writing to you to request for changes in our public toilets for people with disabilities (PWD), to improve accessibility and use of these toilets, for all people of various disabilities. Public toilets are an essential part in any community, and adequate provision is essential to participate in community and social life. Poor public toilet provision has a major impact on many people, more so those with poor health/disability conditions. Lack of suitable public toilets for PWD can have a negative impact on their independence and confidence, which can lead to poor health, isolation and loneliness. We request for larger sized public toilets for PWD. The size of our public toilets for PWD is currently too small to maneuver an adult wheelchair, and at the same time, have 1-2 caregivers assisting the person with disabilities. We are also requesting for larger and stronger change tables in our public toilets for PWD. Our older children with disabilities, who need to be laid down for diaper changes, are currently being changed on the floor of our public toilets for PWD. Not only is this undignified and unhygienic, but it is also unacceptable of a first-world country. The baby change tables in these toilets are too small and will not take the weight of older children or adults. Most baby change tables have a maximum weight of 9-12kg. The average 1-year old weighs 10kg, so even toddlers need larger tables. The elderly and adults with disabilities who need to lie down for a diaper change, have to endure sitting in their dirty diapers until they reach home, as there is no clean, hygienic place for them to change their diapers when they are out in public. Is it any wonder that the elderly and adults needing the use of an accessible public toilet, would rather stay at home, or cut short their outings, or decide not to venture too far from home? Singapore is currently looking towards improving the social integration of people with disabilities. We need to consider how people with disabilities will be able to relieve themselves and maintain their hygiene, in a clean appropriate environment, so that they will be willing to stay out for longer. One of the goals of the third Enabling Masterplan, is looking at the well being of caregivers. We need to consider what we can provide to ease the physical demands of handling heavy, older children or adults. We believe a hoist system in the public toilets for PWD will not only help in ensuring the safety of the person with disabilities, it will also protect the backs of caregivers. We can further improve the safety of people with disabilities, and the health of their caregivers, by having the change table to be height adjustable, to accommodate the different heights of both the person with disabilities and their carers. As a country that prides herself as being world class, and believes in equality for all, as stated in our national pledge, we should strive to ensure equality of access to public toilets for all people with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. These are the changes we are seeking: 1. Larger sized toilets to accommodate easy maneuvering of an adult wheelchair, with space for 1-2 caregivers to assist if required.2. Sliding doors to ease entering and exiting the public toilet when seated in a wheelchair.3. Larger, stronger and height adjustable change tables, with safety-rails that can be folded up or down safely.4. A hoist system to support and safely transport people with disabilities, from their wheelchairs to the change table or toilet, and vice versa.5. A height adjustable hand basin, to accommodate both children and adults, either seated in a wheelchair or in standing.6. The new improved toilets in all public places, including but not limited to: airport, swimming pools, hospitals, government buildings, malls, transport terminals, etc.   These changes are based on the standards set by the “Changing Places” consortium, for providing a truly accessible public toilet for people with disabilities: http://www.changing-places.org/install_a_toilet/design/changing_places_standards.aspx   If you agree that it is unhygienic and unacceptable for anybody to be changed on a public toilet floor in Singapore, and agree that our proposed changes will be beneficial for people with disabilities, and their caregivers, please take a moment to sign and share this petition in asking for Equality of Access to Public Toilets for All People with Disabilities, and help us build a better and brighter future for people with disabilities in Singapore.

Janell Lee
10,509 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Damian Hinds, Robert Goodwill MP

Time to stop pushing KS1 into our reception classes and extend "Early Years" to 7!

What are the essential skills for life in the 21st century? What do our children really need to know?  What do they need to understand?  Does the current English system give them this? Unfortunately...it does not. Our children need communication skills, personal, social and emotional development, physical skills, embedded literacy and maths skills, an understanding of their world and the people in it. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-future-jobs-students/ They need characteristics such as resilience, perseverance, creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, think outside the box, independence, risk taking, make connections. They need confidence and the ability to learn from mistakes as they grow in a world which is a challenging place to be...and becoming more so by the day. The irony of all of the above is that we currently have a curriculum in England that delivers much of the above and more. It is the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The only problem is it ends when children leave Reception classes. For many children, it is ending in the Reception classes due to pressures to be so called "National Curriculum" ready!  This notion of moving children towards KS1 during their Reception year was highlighted in OFSTED's recent report into the Reception year: (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reception-curriculum-in-good-and-outstanding-primary-schools-bold-beginnings).  It was seen as positive that Reception teachers were starting KS1 learning in their Early Years classes in a bid to make children ready for Yr1 expectations, expectations that are developmentally inappropriate! How can this be right? Many of these children are still 4 years old.  Every child in reception is entitled to an early years education, not a watered down pale imitation. Surely its time to stop pushing the flawed and inappropriate KS1 curriculum into our Reception classes and time to push up a curriculum that is tried, tested and proven. A curriculum with relationships, environments and child development at its core.  The early years of life do not end at age 4 or 5.  They end at 7 or 8..and that is the age when learning should become more formal. This is when most children are developmentally ready for such approaches.  Look abroad at nations like Finland where this is just what happens.  Their children are thriving and out performing ours.  Our children (and their families and teacher's) are tired, stressed, pressured and fed up. Children as young as 4 are switched off and see learning as boring....    Time to stop the testing our over tested children. Time to stop making children do things they are not ready for. Time to make a change for our children, their families and our educational workforce. Let's stand together to make a change for the future. WB Yeats stated that: "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire". It's time to find the matches...

Keeping Early Years Unique
38,300 supporters