December 26, 2011
Advocacy, Campaigning, Fundamental Rights Charter, Human Rights Convention, Publicity
Belgian, Belgium, Britain, Child protection, Child Protection System, Education Select Committee, England, Florence Bellone, Grand jury, Great Britain, Human rights, The Stolen Children
Florence Bellone is a Belgian journalist who has investigated child snatching in the UK for a considerable time. As a result, she has
- written to the Education Select Committee: The Child Protection System in England
- won a Special Radio Prize for Great Britain: The Stolen Children.
The Grand Jury distinguished the report for its investigative merit in highlighting a human rights issue occurring in a highly-developed European Member State. The piece was characterised as ‘a technically impressive, investigative report into shocking and relatively unknown human rights violations’.
The Education Select Committee has released a new invitation for written evidence to be submitted by 23 January 2012. It must address at least one of three bullet points:
- The impact of neglect and the long term consequences of a delay in intervention where there is evidence of neglect;
- Older young people (especially those aged 15 to 19) and child protection;
- Thresholds for intervention, for taking children into care and for adoption.
My own contribution to the Committee is in draft form here.
December 14, 2011
BBC, Daily Express, Mainstream Media
BBC, Belgium, Child, Child protection, Christopher Booker, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, England, Mainstream Media, Musa, Nigeria
What a relief to see the mainstream media cottoning on to what, so far, only Christopher Booker reported in The Telegraph:
In his witness statements
, John Hemming MP did refer to the fact that the Nigerian Parliament got involved in the Musa case
, but they have not been able to prevent the Musas from being imprisone on 28th November.
With a view to demonstrating their innocence, here is a family album
of phtotos that also includes references to