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Comment from Greg Downing
I raised issues of CAFCASS failings, shared residence and parental alienation at this debate in houses of commons. As and when the recording becomes available I will post more details. Future debates will be held focused on separation/divorce, false allegations, parental alienation, shared residence and the family courts. If you are interested please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
No2abuse Failing to Care Debate 6th July 2009 Part 1
I would like to thank the Panel, Chair and Guests who attended and took part in the No2abuse Failing to Care -Back to Basics debate held at Westminster 6th July
The No2abuse debate started to form in response to the Channel 4 debate which saw the guests edited out leaving the voice of those who mattered unheard and led to an appology to No2abuse which you can read here.
With a month to organise and secure the panel all but two were quick to respond to me and eager to participate whilst the DCSF showed a very different stance. Shortly before the debates date Dawn Primarolo and Baroness Morgan’s secretary sent me emails informing me they were unable to attend as it was too short notice. A month of emails started to become obvious that they had no intentions of attending. The lack of attendence by a Department who’s focus should be on Children, School’s and Families was soon noticed by everyone attending the debate as was the lack of a Labour MP/ Minister which was highlighted by a guest.
I had emailed all Labour MP’s and unfortunatly didn’t receive one response which is of concern
It was an interesting debate which a lot can be learnt from and improved on in order to get the best out of any future debates and Ivor Frank has kindly offered his services to chair all future debates as he is a careleaver, works to improve the system and is also considered a barrister of exceptional standing. I welcome his experience and expertise on all future debates as there will be more to come but they will be a series of debates that will go into an indepth on individual topics as apposed to combining them all together.
This debate gave a foundation for which future debates can now excel and get the most from them
I have also been offered further services from a sound team who will in future be responsible for any sound recordings as the sound recordings for some reason went wrong on the parliament system and I am now relying on John Hemming MP to send me an unedited copy of the no2abuse debate in full.
The No2abuse debate got off to a good start with a brief introduction by the chair of the panel starting with an unexpected panel member Lord Listowel who kindly offered his services at last minute, Professor Eileen Munro,Natasha Finlayson, Terri Dowty, Wes Cuell, myself, chair and to the right was Will McMahon, Ivor Frank, Tim Loughton MP and John Hemming MP.
Those on the panel play an important part in making decisions on child protection and children’s welfare and we look forward to getting to know them further in the coming months.
The debate was organised, hosted and brought to you by No2abuse – Teresa Cooper
Please check back for Part 2 of the article which will be brought to you shortly with an indepth article on the debate
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