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Flawed Practices in Child Protection Investigations

Flawed Practices in Child Protection Investigations

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A brief commentary on flawed thinking in child protection investigations
A brief commentary on flawed thinking in child protection investigations

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Published by: factuk on Dec 27, 2008
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F.A.C.T. (Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers)
fighting injustice – lobbying for change
FLAWED PRACTICES IN CHILD PROTECTION INVESTIGATIONS
An article by George Williamson
Flawed science – common factors in child
 physical 
abuse and child
 sexual 
abusecases.
The discredited medical and psychological theories and abuse statistics used to convictdefendants in cot death and child physical abuse cases are matched in child sexual abusecases. In the latter, therapeutic counselling based on flawed ‘trauma’ theories is used to‘disclose’ abuse and ‘recover’ memories of abuse by a child protection system which believesstatistics that greatly exaggerate the incidence of child sexual abuse.
Matters pointing to similarities between child physical abuse and child sexual abuse cases.
Unproven or inconclusive opinions of expert witness clinicians, conflicting evidence,disputed evidence of a crime ever having occurred, questionable corroboration standards,similar fact confusion (similar allegations being treated as similar material facts) and a presumption of the allegation’s veracity and defendant’s guilt.
Further points on similarities between child physical abuse and child sexual abuse cases.
An over reactive approach to child protection has led to excusing and justifying the jailing of the innocent if it catches the guilty. The unjust removal of children from their families, andunwarranted prohibitions on many men on contact with their children, occurs because of a presumption of guilt and an over cautious mentality within social services and the familycourts. The secrecy of the family court judgements matches the anonymity forced on thosewrongly convicted in the criminal courts and those falsely accused, but not charged Theycannot publicly protest their situation due to court orders (or therapist-client confidentiality) preventing the naming of the accusers - and, in some cases, the accused as well. The Judges’comment in the Canning Appeal, on cases of physical abuse of children, that the innocentshould not be convicted (or kept in jail) even if it means some guilty people go unpunished,must also be applied to child sexual abuse cases.
These, or similar, comments are worth putting in the letters.
Our campaign promotes the indivisibility of justice – for those who are sexually abused aschildren and those who are falsely accused of child sexual abuse.
Just as multiple cot deaths do not automatically corroborate evidence of a murder, themultiple lies or mistaken beliefs of accusers do not become a truth that corroboratesallegations of abuse.After the miscarriages of justice in the cot death and Munschausen cases the government must beginan inquiry into cases of child sexual abuse (whether there were charges brought or not) where any of the following is a feature; the only evidence is the testimony of one or more accusers, the police or social services have ‘trawled’ for complainants, the complainants have had counselling to ‘disclose’

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