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Congress House 25 November 2014
A Child Protection Investigation is Not a Benign Process



Parents Protecting Children UK, in conjunction with St Thomas University Canada, are currently finalising the development of a research project which will look at the experiences of families with frequently missed, misdiagnosed or misrepresented medical conditions / neurological differences. 

Details will be posted here and on our Facebook page as soon as possible.

Meanwhile please complete the Parents Protecting Children UK survey which will provide valuable information in its own right and to inform the longer study.

Details from St Thomas University cincerning the longer study are here below:

Difficult and uncertain medical diagnoses and issues of child protection

Narrative Studies at St. Thomas University


Autism Eye - Parents accused of fabricating illness

The magazine & online information site AUTISM EYE have recently been drawing attention to the increasing number of parents on the autism spectrum and / or parents of children with Autism Spectrum Difficulties & Differences who have been misunderstood or misrepresented and found themselves in unexpected Child Protection investigations.  
There s a short article directly online : 

Autism Eye - Parents accused of fabricating illness

If you are a Parent Carer in a family with Autism Spectrum Difficulties & Differences you can register free and download the complete magazine which has an extended and informative article with quotations from Jan Loxley Blount of Parents Protecting Children UK. There is a featured interview with Lisa Blakemore Brown who was one of the original founders of Parents Protecting Children UK.  

Autism Eye - Subscribe


Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome & Child Protection Concerns - PPC UK & EDS UK

Jan Loxley: Ehlers Danlos Syndrome & Child Protection

To dowload this document please click here it is also available to view as a webpage on » Ehlers-Danlos Support UK website or on



This was Jan Loxley Blount's speech to the 2013 conference of Children Screaming to be Heard

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The Child Protection System in England
Written evidence submitted by:

Jan Loxley-Blount TCert., Dip Child Development.


Parents Protecting Children UK



This website is in need of updating but nevertheless contains much useful information, especially in the DOCUMENTS SECTION. 


You can contact us by email at

For up to date lists of lawyers with experience of Child Protection please contact Margaret Gardener at False Allegations Support Organisation 

FASO (False Allegations Support Organisation) 0844 335 1992

For casework matters you might want to contact 
Parents Against Injustice Network

Currently there are 55 documents available for download from this site. 

Please look in the news section to find the latest headlines.


Messages of Support

I hope that technology in the form of your web site helps bring the cause of false accusations home to those who don't know of the pain caused by such false accusations, and brings together those falsely accused so that they don't suffer the pain of isolation in addition to all else.
Good luck.

Arnold Wesker


No one can deny how important it is to protect children from harm, but this means that children also need to be protected from those who would, through negligence or malice, seek to foster mistrust or physical distance between a child and their truly caring parent who has been unjustly accused.

Rt Rev Laurie Green
Bishop of Bradwell


Anyone who suddenly finds themselves under a cloud of false suspicion in a matter of child abuse needs to know what to do and whom to turn to. They also need to be aware that they are not alone or unique in facing such difficulties. This website is designed to inform and advise, and as such it is very much to be welcomed.

Earl Frederick Howe
Shadow Health Spokesperson


“Once the label of child abuse has been attached to a parent it is extremely difficult to remove. Yet we know that there are many hard to diagnose conditions that have been mistaken for parental maltreatment with devastating consequences for families.”

Earl Frederick Howe to House of Lords 12 02 03


“I am reminded of the witch hunts of previous centuries. This time, the victims are frequently nice middle class families whose only fault is to be concerned about their child, who has ill-defined symptoms from which he or she does not rapidly recover. …, some social workers…..are not prepared to consider that those conditions might be organic.”

Margaret, Countess of Mar to House of Lords 17 10 01

“The line of cases through Rochdale, Cleveland and the Orkneys must surely convince us all of the dangers. Use by a powerful group of individuals--paediatricians, social workers and the police--of some dubious diagnostic technique or social work theory,…. can lead to massive injustice and family break-up without any objective justification at all.”

Lord Tim Clement Jones CBE to House of Lords 17 10 01

ON 29 JANUARY, the Court of Appeal found Sally Clark innocent of the murder of two of her sons. She had spent more than three years in prison, away from her husband and remaining son. Her innocence had been proclaimed in the House of Lords on 17 October 2001, yet she spent another 15 months in jail.

I (too) had been the subject of a witch-hunt, when our son developed post viral fatigue following pneumonia. This developed into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, known as CFS/ME. I was suspected of abusing our son, by supposedly inventing or causing his illness (“over-anxious parenting”).

An extremely expensive and time-consuming child-protection inquiry was undertaken, during which both our children were briefly on the “At risk” register, and we feared that they could be taken from us.

As in Sally Clark’s case, we were eventually cleared because we were educated and middle class, with connections. We could fight. Our children’s names were removed from the register when a senior councillor and our MP, both of whom knew us, spoke up for us. Most of the people wrongly accused have nobody to speak up for them, and are not able to fight so well. In the Lords debate in October 2001, several speakers drew parallels between false accusations of child abuse and medieval witch trials. On Thursday 13 02 03, a BBC documentary, Cot Death Mothers: The witch-hunt strongly criticised the part played by some expert witnesses, in particular, Professor Sir Roy Meadow. Other experts are also being investigated.

In a paper to the United Campaigns Against False Allegations of Abuse (UCAAFA) conference in November, the distinguished social-work consultant Charles Pragnell quoted research findings that the effect of false allegation is not a benign or neutral process, but causes long-term damage to children. This was true for us. Our daughter, who was five at the time we were investigated, lost much of her sense of independence and became fearful of being taken from me; this has never been fully regained. I overheard two of her friends plotting how they would rescue her if she were taken into care.

Jan Loxley Blount . Church Times. 21 02 03

Being involved in child abuse investigations causes immense damage to children and families and researchers have further stated;

“It is not fully realized that a child is also damaged by false allegations and a mistaken decision. If a child is involved in allegations of abuse that are ill-founded and erroneous, it is not an innocuous, neutral, or benign experience. A child involved in false accusations of abuse is subjected to highly destructive emotional abuse. The harm done to children when adults make a mistake…… severe and long-lasting.”

Charles Pragnell to UCAFAA conference 09 11 02 (quoting research of Wexler)

It is well known that if MSBP is legally 'proven', children can be removed from their mothers forever and there will be no intervention for what will have been 'proved' to be fabricated or induced illness. These draconian interventions have been put in place to protect children, but given these extreme likely outcomes, the standard of proof must surely be at the highest level to ensure the child is not abused by the system falsely accusing the mother.

Our duty to the child must ensure that the original suspicion is robust and that the subsequent investigations are appropriate and quickly undertaken. For the sake of the child, those responsible for their care must not be put under long term unneccesary trauma as `investigations` are put in place.

Lisa Blakemore Brown British Medical Journal 15 12 02

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