Why are police so eager and aggressive in their co-operation with social workers

Why are police so eager and aggressive in their co-operation with social workers_0A mother is charged with kidnapping after returning a runaway daughter to care

Another mother and child have been torn apart in the name of the Children Act

Not least of the many disturbing features of the epidemic of child-snatching by social services, which is now breaking all records, is the extraordinarily compliant co-operation given by the police.

Two weeks ago, an eight-year-old girl was wandering the streets “somewhere In London”, having run away from her care home for the fourth time. Her parents having separated, for seven years she had lived happily with her mother. But when it was suggested that she should see her father again, she was overheard at school saying that he had once punched her in the head. This was reported to the social workers, who put her in a foster home, on the all-too-familiar grounds that she faced “the potential risk of emotional harm” if she stayed with her mother, who had never harmed her in any way.
In the foster home, desperate to be reunited with her mother, she was so rebellious that she was put in a care home, where she was relentlessly bullied and abused by older inmates. A photographic record shows many injuries, including a 10in burn from a kettle.
When she escaped for the fourth time, she was spotted in the street late in the evening by a friend of the family, who called her mother. The mother rushed to her side and rang the police to say she would look after her distraught daughter at a friend’s house overnight and return her next day to the care home. At 4am, neighbours near the mother’s house were woken by the sound of nine policemen smashing down the door of the family home, searching in vain for the girl.
When the mother returned her to the care home later that day, as promised, social workers were alerted. The police arrived to arrest her, held her in custody for 10 hours, then charged her with trying to kidnap her daughter. Released on bail, she faces trial in October.

The girl was then moved to a new foster home in the area where her mother lives. On Thursday, the mother happened to see her daughter in the street, looking unkempt and miserable, accompanied by the new foster carer. While the mother attempted to comfort her desperate daughter, the carer rang social workers on her mobile and told the mother she must leave the scene and not contact her daughter again.
All this took place in the name of the Children Act, which, as judges repeatedly like to intone, makes the interests of the child paramount. As I have observed before, were Dickens living today he might well make the workings of our “child protection” system the theme of one of his most searing novels.
But again, why are the police so unquestioning and so aggressive in the support they give to this system? It is a mystery for which I have so far been given no rational explanation.

A version of this column originally appeared in www.lukesarmy.com.

Rep. Frederica Wilson seeks justice for foster care child missing for a decade

 5-year-old Rilya WilsonMIAMI-- Congresswoman Frederica Wilson has actually stated she hopes justice will be served in the tragic case of 4-year-old Rilya Wilson, who disappeared off the face of the earth while in foster care.

Wilson, who has actually been a steadfast proponent for the missing kid, states we must protect our foster children just as we would do our very own kids.

"We should ensure voiceless children, like Rilya, are not forgotten," she said.

The girl went missing out on in Rep. Wilson's district in 2001. She was in the care of her legal guardian, Pamela Graham, and Graham's lasting lesbian enthusiast, Geralyn Graham.

The pair prepared a story that a state kid welfare employee took Rilya for a medical checkup in January 2001 but never ever brought her back. Investigators have actually affirmed they located no evidence to support this claim.

Years later Geralyn Graham, 66, presumably admitted to the child's murder while she was serving a two-year sentence for scams. She is stated to have actually informed inmates she smothered Rilya with a pillow and buried her body near a lake or canal.

The proof is greatly circumstantial and rests on the testimony of a jailhouse "snitch." Graham has pleaded blameless to first-degree murder and has actually composed letters to judges insisting she is innocent.

She deals with life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder, child abuse and kidnapping fees. Rilya's body has never ever been located.

On Monday Pamela Graham, 48, who is not connected to Geralyn, testified against her former fan. She painted a photo of a managing and dominate female and said she experienced her ex boyfriend consistently punish Rilya Wilson but did absolutely nothing to stop it since she hesitated.

"It's most likely since she's an African-American youngster who has no household, mom or father," stated Rep. Wilson, "the case isn't really getting the promotion it deserves.".

Rilya was a prone African-American kid who was pull down by the system, says Wilson. "Why would the state utilize their resources to find a lady nobody wished?".

An examination revealed that a DCF caseworker, Deborah Muskelly, didn't make the mandatory regular monthly check outs to the Grahams' home for more than a year, although she was filing in reports and telling judges the girl was fine. Muskelly was eventually put on five years' probation and paid restitution to the state after pleading guilty to formal misbehavior for falsifying time slabs.

The girl's disappearance caused a statewide scandal since kid welfare officials didn't recognize Rilya was missing for around 15 months. The case ultimately resulted in sweeping modifications in monitoring of foster youngsters and other youngster welfare reforms, consisting of the Rilya Wilson Act to safeguard foster youngsters.

The trial is anticipated to last through mid-January.