The Ten Commandments of Family Law
Created by Grandparents Apart
(What needs to change for our children’s best interest?)
1. Our motto is “Bringing Families Together” so we think the best interests of a child starts with Equal parenting when there is no factually proven reason not to. (This does not necessarily mean equal time spent with the child as this is not always practical, but does mean that both parents are equally important to the child).
2. The ‘Charter for Grandchildren’ to be Mandatory for Professionals working in Children’s welfare and answerable in law.
3. Children are human beings. Stop treating them as commodities like a business deal. Cost only criteria and can ruin children’s lives.
4. If adopted, contact should be maintained between the child and their birth family where appropriate, in line with article 8 of the UN Convention on the rights of the child. (Should only be prevented in the worst case scenario).
5. Kinship care before strangers – to be the first choice.
6. All below accountable to law.
- (a) False accusations.
- (b) Erroneous reporting by social workers.
- (c) Flouting of court orders
- (d) Social Services Orchestrating “cover up’s”, when children are failed
7. Proper recording of all social work meetings and discussions e.g. Dual tape recording similar to police proceedings (to prevent and combat item 6b and 6d)
8. More “transparency” and especially “accountability” for Social work and their managers.
9. Specialised training for social workers in the best interests of children.
(Only the most highly experienced social workers to deal in child protection)
10. Accusations removed from record, when not proven.