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Friday, September 16, 2011

Use of psychotropic drugs on children

I am truly amazed at the government saying we could fund more adults to be available to work directly with children. We have an army of willing grandparents wanting to help children but the government is definitely turning a blind eye to that fact and rather than use grandparents they talk about drugging our children into submission and also changing the way mental illness is diagnosed. The “Best interests of the Child” saying came from Nazi Germany are we now in danger of adopting their methods as well?

Why ? What are they afraid of in making grandparents relevant in children’s lives? We have agreed with the government that we don’t need automatic legal rights as that would not work but on the governments suggestion we agreed on a Charter for Grandchildren and helped in its creation. The idea was the children should have the right to have grandparents in their lives if there was no reason otherwise. And government organisations should look more closely at the role grandparents can play in their grandchildren’s lives it has not been as effective as it should be because of lack of legislation.

Now after recognising the needs for a charter and going to all the bother of creating it social services now maintain what is contained in it is already enshrined in law.

If that particular legislation had been heeded there would be no need for change, it has been ignored so much and forgotten that there is a cry for it to be revised and focussed on the real best interests in protecting our children. Especially from the governments own organisations.

One person wielding all the power over who has contact with children is causing children to be used as weapons and blackmail. In some cases one mother had a child to three fathers and charged them £150.00p per week to have contact while still collecting benefits. One granny is paying all the rent and costs for her daughter-in law’s flat just to be able to see the child and the mother is still collecting benefits. It is very common that grandparents are paying in one way or another for contact with their grandchildren.

We at Grandparents Apart UK would like an explanation as to why grandparents are regarded as sub human species shunned by every government department regarding their grandchildren. Are our children now to be snatched, groomed, force adopted and drugged into submission. This will create even more gangs in the future with non achievers and unmanageable children. Quick fixes are no good we must treat our children with the respect that grandparents can give.

Psychologists warn of growing use of psychotropic drugs on children

By Lauren Higgs Thursday, 15 September 2011

Shy children are at risk of being prescribed powerful psychotropic drugs because of a growing tendency to treat behavioural problems with medication, the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) has warned.

Fallon: 'In a society that wants quick results, using drugs to improve behaviour is very tempting'. Image: Brijesh Patel

Speaking at the TUC conference, AEP general secretary Kate Fallon called for an urgent national review into the use of drugs such as Ritalin on school-aged children.

"We are concerned that not enough is known about the long-term effects of such powerful drugs on the development of children’s brains," she said.

"We have received increased numbers of reports from our members that children with behavioural difficulties are being prescribed drugs without full discussion with other professionals to see if other strategies or approaches could be used instead of, or at least alongside, the medication."

Fallon added that plans to adopt a new set of criteria for defining mental illness in the UK in 2013 will lead to many more children being diagnosed as mentally ill on the basis of their behaviour.

"A shy child could be diagnosed with social anxiety; a sad or temporarily withdrawn child could be diagnosed with depression," she said.

"In a society that wants quick results, using drugs to improve behaviour is very tempting. But there can be other ways of improving children’s behaviour that typically involve time and energy from people."

"Simply relying on medication in isolation is no solution; we must foster a more collaborative approach to the treatment of school-aged children with conditions such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)."

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) guidance says psychotropic drugs should not be prescribed to children under the age of six.

But the Department of Health doesn’t collect data on prescriptions of this kind, so there is no national figure on the use of such drugs with children.

"We have evidence that the current guidance is not being followed. For example, children under six are being prescribed the drugs but there is no monitoring of such practice," Fallon said.

She criticised Nice for declining to review its guidance in light of AEP’s findings.

"If we fail to review our practices we run the risk of even more children being prescribed with drugs whose long-term effects are not categorically known to us," she said.

"We run the risk of committing children to long-term drug use and of committing the long-term spending of public money to increase the profits of pharmaceutical companies, public money which could go some way towards funding more adults being available to work directly with children.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Governments are failing to protect abused children.

The NSPCC are bombarding us with their adverts. The child has to get his own supper again, or he goes home to a fist. If the NSPCC claims of abuse in the home are correct then all the governments of the
UK are turning a blind eye to their findings and are colluding in child abuse.

The government’s stance is grandparents are not relevant in the grandchildren’s lives. Is this stance justifiable when NSPCC is constantly advertising on television about how much children are abused in their own home? Contact can simply be by phone, letter, email etc. or visits. Contact to make sure they are safe.

Grandparents agree that a mother is usually the best person to care for her children when all is well. What happens when it is not?

Mothers have the protection of the law and the government at their beck and call. Could this be the problem? It is the children that should have that protection, with grandparents able to support them by seeing what’s happening and to help them in these circumstances.

The majority of children are well looked after, but too many are not. These children are left out, maltreated and unnoticed until they end up in hospital or the abuse is so far gone that neighbours report it to social services and they take the children, scarred for life, into care. This is a huge emotional and financial expense that could be avoided with early intervention.

Government figures say 60,000 children are living in drug related households in the
UK. They are not helping them or letting anyone else help them either.

Children need this right to have grandparents in their life unless their safety would be in danger by doing so.

But the governments are closed to this idea and allow more and more children to be abused in their own homes when it could be spotted earlier if grandparents were allowed that right of contact.

The government’s adamant stance is not in the best interests of children. We need them to wake up to the very strong advertising of the NSPCC that there is wide spread of abuse of children in their own homes.

Monday, September 12, 2011

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The Abuse of Grandma B

– How Corrupt Officials are plundering the Assets of the Elderly

The Abuse of Grandma B Рa sad story told by Peter Hofschröer

Grandma B is now 82 years old. She is wheelchair-bound and very frail. The past three years of her life have been horrendous. She lost her husband of 60 years, but that was the easy part. She has also been the victim of sustained and systematic abuse in which she has been defrauded of her house, subjected to threats and harassment because she will not hand over her life savings to her abusers, then unlawfully evicted from her house and stranded abroad, with her abusers trying, fortunately unsuccessfully, to fraudulently sell her house.

You may well ask who would do such an awful thing to a little, old lady in a wheelchair. Sadly, most abuse takes place within the family and this is very much the case here. The main abusers are Grandma B’s older son, his wife and her two adult grandchildren.

Grandma B’s younger son was working abroad when he noticed something was very wrong. He immediately rushed back home, where his worst fears were confirmed. While he was travelling, his 87 year-old father was admitted to hospital with a serious heart complaint caused by neglect. His mother too was seriously ill due to neglect. His older brother and his family lived just around the corner, but had done little to help Grandma B and her very sick husband.

A year before this, Grandma B and her husband had signed over their house to the older son and his family on the understanding they would care for them. Their younger son agreed to this, because he was living and working abroad and could not provide the level of care needed. Hardly was the ink on the agreement dry when the older son and his family started running Grandma B and her husband down, hoping they would pass on as soon as possible.

When, in April 2008, the younger son arrived in the parental home, he was horrified by what he saw. He dropped what he was doing, gave up his job and home and became the full-time carer for his parents. His father led a full and happy life in his last months. His mother’s physical health has improved dramatically since the younger son took over her care.

As soon as the younger son took over the care of his parents, the older son and his family started a campaign of harassment designed to drive him out of the parental home and to seize control of their finances. Matters reached such a level in September 2008, that the younger son reported the criminal offences to the police and the abuse to social services.

What followed from there can only be described as a nightmare. The police made several attempts to arrest to carer on the basis of false allegations, while social services fabricated allegations against him in an attempt to have his powers of attorney revoked and the care of his parents placed in the hands of their abusers.

A few days after the younger son made his complaint, the police arrived at the parental home to investigate a complaint he has “stolen” his parents’ money. They had no evidence to support this allegation made by the abusers, but refused to record a complaint of harassment by the abusers.

Social services blocked all attempts at getting the abuse investigated. Grandma B’s social worker made a false allegation of assault against her carer, an unfit, middle-aged man. Social services withdrew this allegation when they were shown evidence that the social worker was a black-belt in martial arts. His claim to have been overpowered and physically ejected from the parental home without injury looked a little ridiculous, to say the least.

On the morning Grandma B’s husband of 60 years died, the police unlawfully raided her house. They allowed her abusers to charge in, assault her and bawl insults at her over her husband’s still warm corpse. When her carer stood between her and her abusers to protect her, the police officers pushed him out of the way and threatened to arrest him.

In the following months, the abusers stalked Grandma B, attempted to break into her house and send her abusive letters. The police refused to uphold the law and arrest the criminals in question.

An independent investigation into Social Service’s handling of the case criticised them and required them to reopen the safeguarding investigation. Months later, they did, but the police and Social Services withheld all evidence of abuse.

Instead, they fabricated abuse allegations against the carer and applied to the Office of the Public Guardian to have his powers of attorney annulled. The Office of the Public Guardian established the allegations made by Social Services were false and rejected the application.

Grandma B then went on her wheelchair to a local council meeting to hand out a leaflet protesting about the way the police and social services were treating her. Her local ward councillors set police officers in stab-vests on to her, threatening to arrest her for distributing a “defamatory” leaflet. When her carer pointed out that defamation is a civil matter and not a police matter, the officers looked a little flummoxed, but still tried to prevent her from exercising her democratic right of peaceful protest. Grandma B is a veteran of the Second World War and stood her ground. When her carer called out to the police sergeant attending the meeting in front of the 30 or so members of the public present that she should arrest these officers for harassing a vulnerable person, they beat a hasty retreat. The sergeant refused to uphold the law.

Instead, two days later, the local police fabricated the first Harassment Warning against her carer. A couple of weeks later, they fabricated a second warning and were clearly intending to fabricate a third, at which point the carer could have been arrested.

In the ensuing two years, the carer’s legal representatives both in Britain and abroad have made dozens of requests for sight of the evidence to support these unsigned, undated harassment warnings which are not legally valid. The police have produced nothing other than excuses and have refused every opportunity to sign these warnings for fear of perjuring themselves. The police inspector that issued the warnings took “early retirement” when challenged by the carer’s solicitor to produce the evidence.

Exhausted by this constant harassment, Grandma B went abroad on holiday for Christmas 2009. The police tipped off her abusers she was away from home, who then forced entry, changed the locks and unlawfully evicted her. After stealing her valuables in full view of the police, they tried to fraudulently sell her house. Fortunately, Grandma B’s solicitor prevented them from doing so.

However, her abusers and their friends in the police and local authority, then fabricated a kidnapping allegation against her carer. This request to arrest the carer went from the local CID to Special Branch, to SOCA, to New Scotland Yard, to Interpol London, Interpol in the country in question, then to the national police headquarters and provincial police headquarters before landing on the desk of a local police officer in a remote Alpine village.

The expectation here was obvious: the local country bumpkin plod would be so impressed by the provenance of this request that he would summon up reinforcements before daring to attempt to tackle this known, hardened, serious international criminal.

It did not quite work out like that. Two weeks before this request arrived, the police officer and his good wife had been among the many guests at the local pub at Grandma B’s 82nd birthday party. He had been sceptical about the stories he had heard about official corruption in Britain, but now he was supposed to arrest the carer for kidnapping his mother, holding her against her will and incommunicado. He obviously knew these allegations were false, but being a professional, he carried out a proper investigation. His report made it clear that the British police had knowingly lied to Interpol to help corrupt officers defraud a little, old lady on a wheelchair.

This attempt by corrupt British police to abuse honest local police officers to carry out criminal acts on their behalf is now under investigation by the local foreign ministry.

Had the carer not been so lucky, then the chances are he would have been remanded in custody pending extradition, while Grandma B would have been returned to Britain and to the tender mercies of social services. Her assets would then have been plundered and divided up between the gang of criminals running this racket.

There have now been five independent reviews of this case. All have called for it to be reopened. Both the police and local authority have ignored these requests.

So what is going on here and who is involved? The main abuser is employed by local social services. He, his wife and daughter have provided support services to the local police. They all know who the isolated old people in their area with assets are. It would seem they are systematically targeting defenceless old people and seizing control of their assets before bundling them off into a council home, then selling their assets. The cash then gets laundered through a dodgy private care company as “care fees” and the police officers, social workers, council officials and local politicians involved then pocket the money. The perfect crime, as who is going to listen to a confused, old lady in a home, whose contact with the outside world they are controlling?

This is rampant corruption and serious, organised crime. Nobody in authority in North Yorkshire – including a certain senior police officer in the news at present – will respond to correspondence and deal with this case.

How many more victims are there?

Related Reading

For comments, please see this article in the Archive for August 2011 (just click on the date)

See also:

North Yorkshire Police – Chief Constable Maxwell Has Problems

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dogs Cage

Blame the government

re-release Wi a wee bit extra.

Don’t blame parents!!! Blame the government for the inhuman treatment of children in the care system, The University of Crime. Children need their families.

The government are trying to pass the buck for the criminal riots onto parents. What a cheek and insult to the millions of parents.

It is well known that children removed from their family by social services and brought up in the care system are non achievers, disrespectful, unmanageable, and have no respect for anyone. They are the mainstream of the gangs that roam our streets looking for that family feeling they were robbed of when they were cruelly separated from their family.

The government do not even try to keep children with their families. Snatch, groom them and adopt to the first people who fancy adopting a child. Grandparents have been campaigning for years to be taken seriously in caring for their grandchildren rather than the care system but the government turn a blind eye to them and tell them you have no rights. We don’t need to talk to you. Grandparents have won the Charter for Grandchildren from the Scottish government and if made mandatory for professionals in the care system would ensure millions of children would be placed with their grandparents if that is in their best interest rather than social services.

We are already in the too late. The British family is being destroyed by government policies which are based only on cost at present but this passes the problem and even more cost onto future authorities when the children are adults and committing crimes on society. The government thinks they can treat children anyway they like and expect them to be upstanding citizens when they grow up.

There are other points to consider I was told by an MSP. The points that they consider is how to further their own career. The present SNP government is not interested in any way in bringing families together. They even pay Woman’s Aid to alienate grandparents from a child’s life.

!!!! They are still at it !!!!!

The British Government without consent deported children from 1930 to 1970. The favourite saying of the government is “lessons have been learnt” But they have ignored the lessons to be learnt here.

!!!! They are still at it !!!!!

Social services are still snatching children and telling them falsely that their families do not want them and also telling grandparents and extended family that the children do not want to see them either. (Parental Alienation) This confuses and demoralises children into accepting forced adoption to complete strangers. An excellent cost cutting business plan! But children are not commodities.

Extract from the ‘Social Work Action Magazine’ Social work conference.

Quote “Social workers said they did not become SW so that they could be ‘case managers or have to make decisions based on money rather on what was needed” End Quote.

He will combine it with an apology to the 7,000 child migrants from Britain who still lives in Australia.

As they were compulsorily shipped out of Britain, many of the children were told - wrongly - their parents were dead, and that a more abundant life awaited them.

Many parents did not know their children, aged as young as three had been sent to Australia. Child care agencies (guess who they are) worked with the government to send disadvantaged children to a rosy future and supply what was deemed "good white stock" to a former colony.

Full story. http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/-/1/hi/uk/8361025.stm

Jimmy Deuchars

Grandparents Apart UK

22 Alness crescent

Glasgow G52 1PJ

0141 882 5658


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Government can't rewrite nature and allow gays to wed - O'Brien


Keith O'Brien said any attempt to redefine marriage would be ‘strenuously opposed'. Picture: Phil Wilkinson


Published Date: 08 September 2011

By Andrew Whitaker

The leader of Scotland's Catholic community has warned that moves by MSPs to legalise gay marriage will be "strenuously opposed" by the Church.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, in a strongly worded homily delivered at a mass for politicians in Edinburgh last night, claimed that allowing gay people to wed through a civil or religious ceremonies would be a "direct attack" on the institution of marriage.

However, the intervention sparked criticism from MSPs, with the openly gay leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, attacking the Cardinal's remarks as "absurd" and as an attempt to "suppress" the freedom of gays, lesbians and bisexuals.

The row came after the SNP government launched a 14-week consultation on allowing gay marriage - a change to the law that currently allows same-sex couples to enter a civil partnership, but bans the ceremony from church or other religious premises.

However, Cardinal O'Brien suggested that supporters of gay marriage wanted to "rewrite human nature" as he appealed to MSPs to oppose the proposed reform.

He said: "The Church esteems the institution of marriage as the most stable building block upon which any family can rest.

"The view of the Church is clear, no government can rewrite human nature; the family and marriage existed before the State and are built on the union between a man and woman.

"Any attempt to redefine marriage is a direct attack on a foundational building block of society and will be strenuously opposed."

There was also a sharply worded statement issued by the Bishops' Conference of Scotland yesterday, which suggested that the Scottish Government's consultation was "an exercise for justifying the campaign demands" of the "vociferous" gay rights lobby.

But Green MSP Mr Harvie attacked the Catholic Church's stance on gay rights and highlighted a Scottish Social Attitudes survey which revealed 60 per cent believe same-sex couples should have the right to marry.

"It's absurd to suggest that one marriage can undermine other marriages," he said.

"Just as non-Catholics respect Catholic marriages, so it's time for the Cardinal to start respecting the right of every adult to love who they please.

"The Cardinal should also remember that he doesn't speak for all people of faith, or even all Christians.

"There are many faith groups who want to conduct same-sex marriages for their members, and the Catholic Church seems determined to try and suppress their freedom to do so."

SNP MSP John Mason, who faced criticism for lodging a parliamentary motion that said no-one should be "forced" to approve of same-sex marriage, said he wanted "to encourage churches" to get involved in the debate about the proposals.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: "Our consultation, published last week, sets out that the Scottish Government tends towards the initial view that same-sex marriage should be introduced in Scotland but that faith groups and their celebrants should not be obliged to solemnise same sex marriages."