A Self Help Guide
This is a working draft by mothers, grandmothers, other primary carers and campaigners determined to stop children in their thousands being taken away from their families arbitrarily, and to stop violent fathers using the family courts to continue their reign of terror against women and children by insisting on unsupervised contact or even residence. It is based on collective self-help which brings together our combined first-hand experience. We hope you will find it useful and strengthening in your struggle to protect your children. We welcome your comments and suggestions.
Special thanks to barrister Sally Barnett, whom we met when we worked together to stop the removal of a newborn from his mother’s breast – social workers and police were outside the hospital waiting for a court order. The child remained with the mother and is a growing, healthy and happy boy. Sally took the time to read an earlier draft of our Guide, fill in gaps and correct inaccuracies. Thank you, Sally!
The Guide has changed and expanded a lot since, so mistakes and views can only be attributed to us.
Thank you to Sarah Durham for the layout aimed at making the Guide easy to read.