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Jan Loxley Blount to UCAFAA London 06 11 04



“The Role of Government Edicts in False Accusations of Child Abuse”.

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Parents have not come forward to demand reviews because they have been silenced by the draconian restrictions of the family courts or because they are afraid that sticking their heads over the parapet would further erode their already fragile contact arrangements with their stolen children. The press are frustrated by what they perceive as a lack of parental initiative and with no available personal interest stories of failed or refused reviews they have been unable to exert the necessary pressure on government.

I hope to concentrate on and illustrate the way in which two government edicts – the SEN Assessment and Tribunal Process and the Department of Health Guidelines on MSBP, or as they call it Fictitious and Induced Illness in Children, create the environment in which False Allegations proliferate and to flag up the dangers of the post-Climbie computerisation of records.

The psychologist and author Lisa Blakemore Brown has spoken of False Allegations growing from a “first gossamer breath”. I haven’t got a lot of time but I think it is relevant to give you the bones of our family story to illustrate the influence of a GP’s “gossamer breath” and failures in the SEN Assessment process.

I have a teaching qualification and a postgraduate diploma in child development and once had a fairly high profile career in children’s work. 25 years ago Woman’s Own magazine put me on its front cover as “the girl who cares for latchkey kids”. On behalf of the UK Association for International Year of the Child I coordinated the National campaign for increased and improved after school and holiday provision.

I married late and our son was born in 1989. He has Asperger’s Syndrome but we were unable to get a proper diagnosis until he was 12 years old. He also suffers from CFS/ME. His complex educational and medical needs never allowed me to pick up the threads of my career and I have spent most of the last 15 and a half years as carer as well as parent.

Our daughter, now 10, also falls into the category recently described by Scottish Baroness Veronica Linklater as “educationally fragile”. She was speaking of bright and talented children, who have special educational and medical needs, which make them unable to cope with the pressures of large mainstream schools. Mark Haddon’s award winning novel “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” describes this response to busy places as being like a an overloaded computer needing to press CTRL/ALT/DEL to shut down programmes and reboot.

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