SUPPORT NOT SEPARATION
A coalition to end the unwarranted and damaging separation
of children from their mother or other primary carer
Tuesday 11 July 6-8pm
Wilson Room in Portcullis House, Westminster, SW1A 2JR
Westminster tube Wheelchair accessible
(Please allow time to go through security.)
Organisations and individuals directly affected.
Hosted by Emma Lewell-Buck MP
For information contact: Legal Action for Women
firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7482 2496
The unwarranted removal of children is not an aberration of the past or The Handmaid’s Tale of the future. Thousands of mothers are being labelled ‘unfit’ and treated as mere surrogates right now.
Parliament, 18 Jan 2017
MP Emma Lewell-Buck speaking, Jan 2017
Protest outside family court
Successive governments promoting adoption, financial and other pressures on social services, family court secrecy, and cuts in legal aid have led to a 65% rise in children taken into care – 143,440 in 2016! Since the publication of our dossier Suffer the Little Children and their Mothers in January and monthly protests outside the family court, more primary carers are speaking out.
The welfare of the child is central to the Children Act 1989. But the lifelong trauma suffered by children separated from their primary carer is often ignored by decision makers. Vague charges of ‘neglect’ and ‘future emotional harm’ are used to remove children, especially from low income families. Mothers who are single, young, of colour, immigrant, disabled, have suffered domestic violence and/or need help with depression or isolation are targeted. With nearly four million UK children (28%) living in poverty, the potential for social engineering is huge.
We are determined to change this. Labour’s manifesto commitments to keep child protection services out of private hands, “refocus social care to work with families … to prevent children becoming at risk of going into care,” and increase support for kinship carers are important steps in the right direction.
Support Not Separation is co-ordinated by
Legal Action for Women.
Members so far include:
Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services
Black Women’s Rape Action Project
Global Women’s Strike
Milk of Human Kindness
Movement for an Adoption Apology
Scottish Kinship Care Alliance
Single Mothers’ Self-Defence
WinVisible (women with visible & invisible disabilities)
Women Against Rape
Mothers, grandmothers, children who suffered historic separation, former social workers, the founder of a support service for the children of prisoners, teachers and other professionals.