December 26, 2011
Human Rights Convention, Publicity
Advocacy, Belgian, Belgium, Britain, Campaigning, Child protection, Child Protection System, Education Select Committee, England, Florence Bellone, Fundamental Rights Charter, Grand jury, Great Britain, Human rights, Human Rights Convention, Publicity, 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.