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“I cannot even begin to describe how misleading, and therefore how irresponsible, this headline is” #familylaw

The headline

‘Four-year-old boy will be taken away from parents with learning difficulties because social workers say he’s ‘not getting the cuddles he needs’

  • Ruling by Sir James Munby, President of the High Court Family Division
  • The boys’ parents, who live in Swindon, both have learning difficulties
  • Decision comes at a time of growing controversy over ‘forced adoption’

By STEVE DOUGHTY FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 18:02, 18 January 2016 | UPDATED: 22:12, 18 January 2016

Read the Daily Mail’s story: Four-year-old boy will be taken away from parents with learning difficulties because social workers say he’s ‘not getting the cuddles he needs’

Now for a sensible headline

Read this helpful analysis of the issues raised by the judgement: Further consideration of needs of parents with learning disabilities in wake of Re D [2016] – Court gives guidance on how to ensure fair proceedings for learning disabled parents

This additional post by the Child Protection Resource about supporting parents with learning disabilities in care proceedings may also be of interest: Parents with Learning Disabilities/Difficulties

In addition, the Transparency Project has produced this helpful post: Four-year-old boy will be taken away from parents with learning difficulties because social workers say he’s ‘not getting the cuddles he needs’

Some key points

This post was updated on 21st January 2016 with a link to an post by the Transparency Project.

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