“At Risk”

Did you know that in the UK that 72% of Forced Adoptions of children are based solely on “Risk of Future Emotional Abuse”? Risk is like saying that something may, or equally may not, happen at some point in the future. Can you imagine a policeman asking a judge for an arrest and detention warrant based on the premise that they believe a man “may” at some point in the future, rob a bank or murder someone? They would be laughed out of court and Human and Civil Rights Groups would be up-in-arms at the mere suggestion. And yet, the most draconian punishment a parent can suffer is to have their child removed and they will never see them again. No parent should ever have to grieve for a living child.

I’m reading a story from the USA about how children are dying at an alarming rate in State “Care”. What the writer doesn’t seem to realise is that children in State “Care” in every jurisdiction die at a far higher rate than children in the general population. In the UK the incidence of a child dying in “Care” is officially 4 times the normal rate, this was published by CAFCAS. Ireland has no official rate but I would estimate it to be 6 times. In some US jurisdictions it is 10 times.

Isn’t the point of taking a child away from a supposedly bad parent that they at least come out of the process at age 18 alive? In Ireland we know from a university study of child suicide, that a child in Irish State “Care” is at 10 times the national average risk of suicide. So if a child is “at risk” of emotional abuse with a parent, why is the suicide rate considerably lower with parents than in “Care”?

When you look at other statistics for “Cared For” children, regardless of jurisdiction, you clearly come to the conclusion that “Care” is an extremely dangerous place. So if we stopped taking children away and placing them in “Care” on the basis of “Risk”, we can only assume that many children could be saved from imminent death?

Adopted children fare slightly better, their suicide rate is “only” 4 times the national average. This may be due to the high failure rate of adoption, 1 in 4 for older-aged children. When an adoption fails, the child is dumped back in “Care”. Can you imagine parents dumping 1 in 4 of their children? Adoption is not the panacea many people believe it to be.

But let’s get back to “Risk”. When the State removes a child, the Social Worker should become the person responsible for the welfare of the child. In truth nobody is responsible. It’s not unusual for a child to be moved from foster home to foster home and have a regular change of social worker from 0 to age 18. Good social workers don’t want to work in Child “Protection”, in every jurisdiction the turnover of staff is far higher than any other area of the practice. Good social workers got into the profession to be Advocates and not prosecutors of parents and children.

The other problem with “Risk” is that social workers are working with very flawed tools such as Sociology and wouldn’t recognise a danger to children if they sat in the living room and watched it happen. What should have been the principle learning of the Baby P Fiasco, is that social workers are not capable of determining which children are at “Risk” or even in actual danger. In a similar case in Ireland known as the Roscommon House of Horrors, children were horribly abused and neglected. Despite social workers being involved for 11 years with the family, they didn’t see the threshold to intervention being met. There have been hundreds of similar cases that you will never hear about including deaths that could have been prevented if social workers were actually capable of protecting children.

The truth is that we know for certain that “Care” places children at far higher risk than leaving children with parents. This can be proven statistically, especially when you look at Outcomes and Suicide Rates. I also know of many cases when social workers refused to act and children died. So when we talk about risk, it should be clear that the highest risk to children is social workers. While they like to say they are damned if they do and damned if the don’t, the reality is that they fail in most cases, and they are only damned when they fail.

I gave a talk recently and I reminded people that 1 child had died in Irish State “Care” last week and another child is due to die next week. This pattern will repeat itself in every jurisdiction where social workers are at the hub of “protecting” children. The pattern repeats itself because social workers take away children on the basis of risk of future emotional abuse, and then go on to abuse those children in “Care” by keeping them at higher risk.  If social workers didn’t use such flawed methodology such as the “Thought Police” approach to protecting children, those children would never be exposed to actual risk in “Care”. The longer we delay fixing this awful system, the more children will die in “Care”.

Joe

Why Women’s Shelters are a Massive Failure

I wrote in the book about Domestic Violence, it’s history and current situation. It’s important for readers to understand that my opinion on the topic stems from 1982 when I was a volunteer for a Women’s Crisis Centre, I have been following the topic closely ever since.

In 1982 I was told that Domestic Violence was all the man’s fault, end of story. In 1983 I was booted out of the shelter for asking the question; “why do these women go from one abusive partner to the next?”

In 1982 it was widely accepted that 1 in every 19 women was a victim of DV, today the figure is 1 in 3. In 35 years, if their figures are accurate, violence against women has grown exponentially. If their figures are to be believed, and they should not, this should be the only proof necessary that Women’s Shelters have done nothing but make the problem worse.

What is actually closer to the truth is that it was never 1 in 19 women. A fairly respectable survey in 1984 by a radio host showed the number to be closer to be 1 in 137 of the women surveyed. The survey didn’t have a large sampling size and was only conducted in 1 city, but I would trust the survey as other surveys done by this group were always in the ballpark.

Nobody conceived at the time that men could be victims too, because these men should “grow a pair” and “Man Up”, but the truth we are discovering now is that men are probably abused more, by some estimates 72%, than women.

I do not for one minute want to suggest that Domestic Violence is acceptable for anyone or to minimise the issue. Most women who were murdered were killed by their partner. Most murders are “Crimes of Passion” or the victim is killed by a family member or someone known to the victim. What I do wish to do is point out that if the Domestic Violence Industry had been doing  a proper job all these years, they could have wiped out DV in one generation.

From what I witnessed in the shelter in 1982, children learn about relationships from their parents. In an abusive home a little boy grows up thinking it’s his job to control his partner and a little girl grows up needing to be controlled. In many cases I have dealt with over the years I have seen this pattern repeat and repeat. Women leave an abusive partner and then go find another abusive partner. The same for men, they abuse every woman they have a relationship with. The partners who didn’t grow up in a DV home don’t tend to find other abusers. It should be clear that this is learned behaviour in many cases but it can also be unlearned. I started a self-help group for men in 1984, to date, I have never heard of a Treatment Program for women, ever. The local shelter refused to fund or support it in any way so I funded it myself. Why wouldn’t the shelter want to see abusive men getting treatment? Why is it that no shelters have any treatment programs for men or women? Don’t they want to stamp out DV?

Because the Domestic Violence Industry was hijacked by radical feminists when Erin Pizzey opened the first DV Shelter in the world, they have clung to the dogma that DV is “all the man’s fault”, and they still cling to that today.  I have only ever heard of ONE Men’s Shelter, but it closed soon after opening. 4 out of 5 suicides are men, too many of these men are victims of women, or victims of abusive parents who were in a DV relationship.

The bottom line is that DV is treatable and preventable. There will always be Psychopaths and Sociopaths and violent criminals, but this is another issue. For treatment to be successful both men and women need to be treated by a skilled therapist. I sincerely doubt that 1 in 3 women are victims and perhaps someday a proper survey will be done. If the DV Industry were not ran by radicals who hate men, but instead skilled professionals who are willing to accept that men can also be victims, then maybe so many women wouldn’t be killed by abusive men, and maybe so many men wouldn’t commit suicide because they see no other option.

Let me close by saying that suicide is a permanent solution to what is often a temporary problem. Suicide doesn’t solve the problem, it prevents the possibility of finding a solution, and there are always solutions. Don’t consider suicide, think of the people you will leave behind, forever wondering why you didn’t come to them for help.

Joe

Missing, Presumed Dead…

I’m reading a story today about how in Kansas, USA, 70 kids are missing from Foster “Care”. I have written about this phenomena in my book about how in Ireland, 500 went “missing” in a decade and many were later traced to brothels around the world.

This topic makes interesting study for the Amateur Sleuths among us and of course the Conspiracy Theorists. Many of these children are “Orphans”, having been successfully alienated from their parents and family. They could “disappear” and the only trace would be a long forgotten “Unsolved Missing Person File” gathering dust in a government office.

The Sleuths would come to the conclusion that these children were trafficked into slavery or prostitution by organised crime gangs. If you look at the case in Ireland of the 500 children in a decade, USA authorities (CIA and State Department), they concluded that Ireland made a perfect hub to traffic children into until these children were sold into slavery and prostitution. The incompetence in Irish Social Services gave traffickers was a perfect base  to “store” these children and the Irish Authorities would be complicit because they would cover up the story and nobody would be the wiser. Enter Wikileaks…..

Wikileaks released thousands of pages of “Diplomatic Cables” of correspondence between the Child and Family Agency, the Gardai (Irish Police), the American Embassy in Dublin and the CIA. It is interesting to note that the government knew all about these “missing” children, but didn’t feel it was in the Public Interest to let us know that Irish State “Care” was being used in this way. It is also interesting to note that the 100 or so Irish Children’s NGO’s didn’t break this story, nor did a single Social Worker out of the 4,500 who work in Child “Protection”. In fact, none of the 10,000 people who work in the Irish “Child Abuse Industry” decided to  blow the whistle on even one of the 500 children who went “missing”.

The Conspiracy Theorists of course came up with more entertaining theories. We heard of Satanic Ritual Abuse, Government Paedophile Rings, and traffickers working for the Child and Family Agency. A few years ago a rumour was spread that my colleagues and I were running a child trafficking operation in Ireland. When the word was spread, my “friends” on FaceBook disappeared overnight which was no great loss. Unfortunately the lies about a colleague had a devastating effect on his family. He ended up being assaulted, his child was bullied at school and the conspiracy theorist who fabricated a fantastic tale actually named the child, and his home and school address. This person is now facing prison and I wont say any more until after he is jailed.

This is why I abhor Conspiracy Theory, innocent people are wrongly accused and harmed as a result. There is no difference between conspiracy theorist social workers who fabricate evidence to remove children and the mentally ill conspiracy theorists who destroy other people to make themselves look good. Anyone who takes a leap of faith and concocts outrageous lies about others deserve to be jailed. When people concoct these stories about “missing” children, they are leaving the door open to more children being abused. If we can explain away “missing” children with fantastic stories of Cabals, Secret Societies and Government Paedophile Rings, nobody will search for the truth. While no evidence of these fantastic stories has ever been proven, what has been proven many times over is that there is a Child Trafficking Industry, and it is clearly ran by Organised Crime Gangs.

Again I have to ask the question; “Shouldn’t Care be safer for Children?”

In the United Kingdom in recent years, we have also seen Child Prostitution, primarily with girls in “Care”. While many of the gangs that were convicted of this were “Muslim”, there have also been many cases of pimps grooming children in “Care”, presumably because they are an easy target. At one point in the U.K. there were 72 Police investigation and there have been many convictions. In one case alone, there were 1,200 girl victims, the youngest being 9 years old. Again, there were coverups and Police and Social Services were very slow to act for fear of offending the Muslim Community. What was interesting was that they chose to label these Child Traffickers as “Muslim”, they could have chosen many other terms. What people focused on was the religion of these vile gangs, and simply forgot that these children were in State “Care”.

I always use the word “Care” advisedly, now you have another example of why “Care” does not benefit children. When the State steps in and tells a parent that the State will now look after the child, there should be an absolute expectation that the child will be safer than had they been left with the parent. The problems we see in Kentucky are no different to London, Dublin, Rome or Amsterdam. All of the problems we see are universal and this is why parents all over the world need to work together against this system. Best Interests doesn’t love any child, parents love their children. Sometimes parents fail in their duties and need help, what they are given instead is punishment. Social  workers and their departments are incentivised to remove children rather than help families.

As long as children are in “Care” and alienated from parents, awful things will happen to them. We need to work together to stop this, the Children’s NGO’s posing as “Charities”, the many “Professionals” working in the Child Abuse Industry and the many criminals who benefit from “easy targets” in “Care” will do nothing to stop the abuse of “Cared For” children, it is up to us to speak out and help them.

You can read the stories here and follow the links. 

Update: I read another interesting piece in Newsweek on how the government (s) have created a method of trafficking children called State “Care”. 

Joe

 

 

I refuse to be labelled a “Denier” or “Anti-Vax”

I would love to believe that there is a magic potion that can be given to babies and children to prevent them dying from horrible, preventable diseases, I really would. I would also love to believe that Vaccines are 100% safe and effective. I look forward to the day when the Vaccine Injury Compensation Boards of each country do not need to exist. I wish that courts didn’t have to pay a penny in compensation to child who became injured or died after being vaccinated. I wish that these boards would only pay compensation on the basis that the injury or death is 100% proven to be a direct result of being vaccinated.

These board or courts pay compensation on a very low burden of proof. The standard used is; “On the Balance of Probability”, the cases are not studied and no definitive evidence is needed that the injury or death was a direct result of the vaccine. It is well established that vaccines are not tested to the same scientific standards as other drugs. Rather than doing Double-Blind studies where a Control Group would be given a placebo, they compare one group of vaccinated children with another group who received a different vaccine. Their rationale is that it is unethical not to vaccinate some children. It would be relatively easy to compare children who have not been vaccinated as some parents refuse to vaccinate their child.

The simple fact of the matter is that Science has degenerated into a Religion based on faith and belief. Science used to rely on questions, it was called “Peer Review”. Every scientific theory was open for debate and a theory was either bolstered or defeated by constant attack. “Consensus” used to mean that if more scientists supported a theory than opposed it, then the theory had some scientific validity until disproved. Consensus now means that anyone who asks questions is now
attacking the congregation of ”believers” and must have their reputations burned at the proverbial stake. We only have to look at Global Warming to see how people are calling for “Deniers” to be jailed. We repeatedly hear “Consensus”, as if a scientific theory depended on scientists or a theory cared what others thought. Science exists independent of the scientist, and the consensus, it doesn’t care what anyone thinks, it just exists. Medicine has degenerated into Consensus Politics and any “Denier” will be excommunicated from the religion. If nobody defended Science, the Earth would still be flat and we would not have satellite TV.

Let me be clear that if a wave of disease swept across a country, we would love to believe that there is a safe an effective vaccine available and that we could eradicate such infectious diseases. Yes, believe that vaccines save lives, but I need to see the science before I am reassured that they are safe and effective for everyone. Throughout history there have been many plagues and infections which have wiped out entire populations. Even today there are children who suffer life-threatening conditions such as Meningitis and it is necessary for Physicians to give a cocktail of antibiotics and take educated guesses to save the life of a child, and with all our science and equipment, children still die.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could prevent these preventable deaths? I’m sure there are a few people who are opposed to vaccination at any cost, but most people are reasonable and educated enough to know that vaccines are an absolute necessity. For most people, they would be happy if governments admitted that a small percentage of babies and children will become injured or die. Instead, we are fed a dogma that vaccines are 100% safe and effective and that no child has ever died or become injured by a vaccine, and still pay out billions in compensation. The strange thing is though that many people who question vaccines are parents of children who were injured or died. The current controversy over Gardasil comes from parents who strongly believed that their daughters would receive a safe and effective vaccine, now they are seen as “Anti-Vax” and “Deniers” even though they had their daughters vaccinated. I cannot say beyond all doubt that Gardasil is safe or dangerous to some children, there is no real scientific evidence either way. Because authorities will not study the girls who now display neurologic symptoms, nobody can say with any scientific validity that the vaccine was responsible.
Equally, nobody can say for sure that the vaccine is safe, and yet, this is what the authorities are saying. This is intellectual dishonesty and is not how Science works. Even if a tiny percentage of children will suffer adverse events, the cost is far too high, if we can make vaccines safer why wouldn’t be trying to prevent every death or injury?

I have to ask; what possible objection could anyone have to study these girls injuries? Could we not study girls before and after the vaccine to ensure the vaccine is 100% safe? Could we not pay out billions in compensation if the vaccine was not at fault? Could we not study vaccines to the same standard as other drugs to eliminate all doubt in everyone’s mind? What possible objection could anyone have to 100% safe and effective vaccines? Anyone who labels people “Deniers” or “Anti-Vax” is a danger to society. Let’s study vaccines properly and eliminate all doubt. Alternatively we could just be honest and admit that some children will suffer debilitating injuries or could die as a direct result of being vaccinated, or not being vaccinated. The current climate of denying everything is costing lives.

Joe