. . . by police, the legal system and social services?

MP John Hemming chairs Justice for Families – a Public Family Law Reform Coordinating Campaign. It campaigns for a just system of Public Family Law where the right decisions are taken through due process and with proper evidence.

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Sabine McNeill of Victims Unite (seen above with John Hemming in a Commons committee event) includes some of these concerns. She has submitted this text online to the EU Petitions Committee. It refers to the number of ‘forced adoptions’ – ie adoptions made without parental consent.

Birmingham: the latest parental nightmare: medical misdiagnosis followed by wrongful arrest

abby podmoreAlmost two years ago, dental nurse Abby Podmore was arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of her three-year-old son, who was later found to have died of septicaemia caused by pneumonia. She has accepted an undisclosed settlement from the police.

This grieving young mother was held in a cell overnight at Bournville Police Station on the day of his death in February. She did not see his body for 10 days,and was not allowed to make a phone call home.

The next day, a doctor confirmed the death was due to natural causes.

His grandmother had taken him to Birmingham Children’s hospital the next day after he coughed up blood, had a temperature of 39.5 Celsius, shoulder pain and a rash, and was told that he had a tummy upset for which he was prescribed an antacid . . . but he had pneumonia and a lung had collapsed.

This police action was an appalling over-reaction and is one of many – some parents suffering for months and years. Time for change – long overdue, as John Hemming insists.