An opioid crisis strains foster care, states aren’t tracking the damage

This is important.  Aside from the points made in this article, I see another glaring problem.  That it the drug use is not recorded or even measured, legally then parents afterwards can claim innocence of drug use.   In the UK I think more testing is happening, there is an investigation into wrongful diagnosis http://www.transparencyproject.org.uk/police-investigating-drug-testing-lab-that-carried-out-tests-for-the-family-court/

In cases of alledged child sexual abuse, often there is no criminal case which is leading both to parents who have lost children claiming innocence, some are, some are not is the best way I can put it, having listened to many.  But it also means that the perps guilty are not dealt with, at all.   I really think this needs shaking up.   In cases where possible help the parents and keep the family together, but at least have due diligence throughout the system so that there are checks and balances.

As opioid crisis strains foster care, states aren’t tracking the damage

This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast.

New Hampshire social workers are all too familiar with how opioid abuse can push children into foster care. They see it all the time.

The chain of events is often the same: After being approached by social workers, addicted parents continue to overdose or start dodging them. State officials deem the home unsafe and seek a court’s permission to remove the children.

Then comes a knock at the family’s door.

It’s a last resort, reflecting what appears to be a stark trend across the state: Since 2010, the number of child removals in which substance abuse was a factor has nearly quadrupled. The number of children entering out-of-home care has nearly doubled. And between 2012 and 2016, the number of children born drug exposed tripled.

Yet directly connecting child removals to the source of the problem is nearly impossible. That’s because in New Hampshire’s electronic child welfare database, there’s no way to specify opioids – or any other drug – as a contributing factor.

That’s also true in other states hit hard by the opioid epidemic – even where lawmakers have highlighted the issue publicly.

In May, Pennsylvania lawmakers heard testimony about how the opioid crisis is turning scores of grandparents into primary caregivers. But when asked to provide drug-specific detail on foster care placements, a Department of Human Services representative said the data “is not captured to the level of detail that encompasses the type of drug.”

In Massachusetts, where nearly 2,200 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016, child welfare advocates say “there was no time to gear up” for an opioid-linked surge in the foster care population. Between 2011 and 2016, the state saw an increase of more than 2,000 children in foster care and a total annual cost increase of nearly $68 million. But the state has no idea how many of those kids entered because of parents’ opioid use.

These gaps make the task of developing family welfare policies a guessing game, said Elissa Glucksman Hyne, a senior policy analyst at the child welfare nonprofit Children’s Rights.

“It’s hard to have enough substance abuse services for these families if we don’t have an accurate idea of how many families are actually being affected by opioid abuse,” she said.

Blame the knowledge gap on a patchwork of requirements and technologies. Caseworkers can’t always prove the presence of drugs in a home. Some have to conduct short substance abuse assessments on their own; others get help from treatment agencies. And although evidence of specific drugs often is noted in narrative reports, those details don’t end up in state or federal statistics.

The result: America’s foster care data is severely lagging behind the opioid crisis’ deadly momentum. Citing unreliable state reporting, the federal Children’s Bureau, part of the Administration for Children and Families, didn’t start publicly specifying why children were removed from parents’ custody until 2015. In a report published Nov. 30, parental drug abuse contributed to more than 92,000 removals in fiscal year 2016 – 34 percent of the nation’s total. Still, no one can say what types of drugs were involved.

State officials say tracking the problem conjures up larger questions about policy, practice and training.

“If the state were to begin requiring caseworkers to check the box for, say, opioid use, by what criteria would you instruct that worker to do so?” said Rob Johnson, a spokesman for Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services. “What she suspects? What she observes in the home? What she’s heard from relatives? Or only if corroborated by drug tests? What if there are multiple drugs? How do you develop the guiding policies and training? What happens when a new drug arrives on the scene?”

To get a clearer picture of the issue, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting submitted public records requests to a dozen states where age-adjusted rates of drug overdose deaths are the highest in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What emerged was evidence of a serious crisis with blurred contours.

In Ohio, for example, Attorney General Mike DeWine in August urged residents to become foster parents, citing a wave of kids “who enter the child welfare system because one or both of their parents are drug addicts.”

The number of children in Ohio’s system has increased steadily for years, and the annual cost of foster care has risen more than $100 million since 2011. Foster homes are full in some counties, Mother Jones reported last year. Yet no one’s sure of the exact impact opioids have had. Although caseworkers can select “drug abuse of parent” in the state’s reporting system, that total is most likely an undercount, according to a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Job and Family Services. Plus, there’s significant variation in how such data is collected among the state’s 88 counties.

In West Virginia, more than 6,100 children were in foster care at the beginning of October – the vast majority because of parental drug abuse. And in recent years, the state has seen steady increases in the number of children in care. Yet when it comes to statewide data, there’s no mechanism for sorting by drug type. “Substance abuse” is all that gets logged, according to a representative from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The list goes on: New Mexico, Kentucky and Utah are seeing surges in foster care placements; none can say for sure how many are due to opioid misuse.

“What we do know anecdotally is that some number are directly linked,” said Adam Pertman, founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency. “Because the worker sees the parent, the worker sees the circumstances and can identify the direct link. But for every one they can identify as a direct link, there’s an unknowable number that we can safely assume occur.”

In late 2017, the Associated Press took a step closer to understanding the issue in fine detail. By examining foster care statistics from the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, journalists found a correlation between counties with higher levels of opioid prescribing and opioid death and those with higher shares of foster cases linked to drugs.

Their analysis is a good start, but it’s a half-drawn picture of a full-blown crisis. Meanwhile, social workers across the U.S. continue to voice concerns about the detail and integrity of available information.

“We have been to all but one state in the country and asked child welfare professionals if they believe these data represent the prevalence of parental substance use in their cases,” Nancy K. Young, executive director of Children and Family Futures, said in 2016 Senate testimony. “Not a single state believes these data accurately reflect their experience.”

Rather, she said, most believe they greatly understate the problem.

The real story behind Belinda & Sabine’s ‘child-snatching’

Source: The real story behind Belinda & Sabine’s ‘child-snatching’

I missed this at the time……. this needs to be shared amongst groups working to change things for children & survivors of child abuse.

I have my own story to tell, of the various ways, that I have been treated.

Yes, shocking, perhaps hard to read…..People have made allegiences, friends, but abused again because they provoke and take advantage of frightened people….offering the ‘cure’.

I was shocked today, to see the IICSAUK retweeting Natasha who has never stopped allowing Sabine, Belinda & other suspects posting on her blog.   Just the other day, I was disgusted to see a hollie grieg poster, commenting.   Malcolm Ogilvy or George Antonio, AKA George The Greek Trucker on youtube, recently posting videos of the Hampstead children….which has an order banning it in the UK…… How come ??????  Researching Reform has consistantly promoted Andy Peacher, who hosts FreedomTalkRadio , promoted Tory Smith, Kevin Annett, Freeman on the Land artists, Tom Crawford, John Paterson, etc…..

I support the IICSAUK.  I want it to be effective.   I want Survivors of abuse still suffering to recieve recognition if they have special needs, caused by the abuse, or diabolical treatment, mostly, by the system.

If nothing is done about the vile abuse, I’ve suffered online, since I decided to speak out about the hoaxers/scammers/fraudsters  but worst of all amongst them many child abusers……proven guilty….then I will begin publishing even more

Please do click the link, read thru the comments

Sheva

Urgent: EU Anti TraffickingMEPs

Video do not fall for latest Zimbabwe case promoted by John Hemming ? Belinda McKenzie? Just like Musa’s their is already an illegal website Click for interview with Latvian MEP filmed outside recent meeting in Brussels, thanks to the reporter in the hallway, we can steer MEP’s away from charlatans and towards real information, there is alot on the whitelist.   Video for education including good links.

Thanks go to one of our supporters, who happened to be outside Maggie Tuttle’s ‘Children Screaming to Be Heard’ conference yesterday afternoon, where he met Neelu Berry, who was h…

Source: Neelu gets into more hot water

 

Click the link above for the latest crimes of those shown here:

Educate Eu Now on Human Trafficking !  click the Video link at the top.

‘Hampstead ‘satanic abuse’ campaigner shouts at judge and refuses to go to dock’: Ham & High

This just in from the Ham & High: apparently Neelu’s hearing this morning was even more exciting than we’d imagined!

Source: ‘Hampstead ‘satanic abuse’ campaigner shouts at judge and refuses to go to dock’: Ham & High

Belinda’s completely unbiased view of upcoming legal cases

Source: Belinda’s completely unbiased view of upcoming legal cases

Belinda is now the champion of ‘Mckenzie Friends’, in her imaginary world, this is insulting, i’m sure, to the really decent and ethical people, that run good sites, and work hard to be there for people in court……..

All the emotionally loaded disinfo !  Has she NO shame ??? !!!  Click the above link for the real deal on the court cases for Witness Intimidation, and having suffered alot of intimidation, personally from quite a few of their co conspirators, i have to wonder, ‘just how long do they think they can keep fooling people ? how long before they show some decency ?  some dignity ? some contrition ? let alone make amends for the harm and suffering caused to so many, people and most importantly, CHILDREN !!!!  ‘

Click the link and thankyou again Hoaxtead, who have helped provide the evidence and backed up links that has helped the real picture of horrors caused by these ‘saviours’, that we can let people in on the scam.

Share and use the evidence provided, here and through the links from the Black and White Lists.

Their fearmongering is another load of bs. They’ll be rattling that holey bucket, again soon, and tough !!!!

Tim Minchin hit the holy note, and is wholly appreciated, for what he managed to help us smash last week !

Sheva Burton !

And Belinda !  why havn’t you let the troops know that i don’t eat babies, yet ???? or any of the other bullcrap, like what David Shurter and dearman does hampstead site carry ????  The dearman doubleblind, and was that child porn, on there and supposed to come from Ricky Dearman, did it come from Chris Everard ???? cos it sure matches Deb C’s description…….For anyone interested in some deeper real investigation, check out my Youtube playlist CSA Hoaxes…..   I’ve got more questions, for you Belinda, but they’ll keep for a bit longer.

Black List CSA & Family/Child Protection

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Source: Black List CSA & Family/Child Protection Click for more info, links & contact form for victims with evidence,

 

Evidence of viscious campaign of hatred towards Child Abuse Whistleblower Amanda Prosser, DownUnder, also targetted by Fiona Barnett & David Shurter.  See Wake Up World link, below.

The pair that also targeted John Brown, Kathy Devine, Stolen testimonies from Survivors, and they are also teamed and connected to the Horrible Hampstead False Flag case, previously Hollie Grieg and the Web of Sabine K McNeill’s 50 Blogs (on trial for Witness Intimidation UK) and Belinda McKenzie, and all of the threads and people, blacklisted, so far.  See video link to death threats on John Browns channel, below.

Recently it seems that they have carried Melanie Shaw’s links and appear to be raising money, as if on her account, on the unrelenting Hollie fake blogs, run by Malcolm konrad Ogilvy or John Graham/Butlin Cat.  They accuse me of being a gatekeeper, shill, etc…… but i am more of a gate opener, trouble was, they took over as shepherds 2010, with a plan and intention, that is now evermore clearer.

The list includes Chris Everard of the Enigma Channel, also another Whistleblower targeted,  and a cover up of real child abuse.  Video Link below.

There is a definite pattern, and David Shurter & Fiona feel so confident (protected?) that they increase their foul denigration of me and others with ever more glee and gore.

As do others, like Bronwyn Llewllyn NZ, who named me as Ricky Dearman, the innocent (uncharged and cleared during the investigation of Hampstead SRA case),  sometime ago, given that he is accused of vile false crimes,  is this group, really to infact, take the light of real abuse, by attacking effective campaigners, like me (this too is a pattern).

In fact they are producing more and more evidence, by their increased defamations, and our increased profile, as the Spotlight on Abuse increases and so many have been alerted to this, via their own behaviour, viralisation techniques, tracks, tactics, that indeed they have tried to take centre stage online, yet are causing immense harm.

Please share this important information, and if you are torn loyalty wise, ask yourself why ?

Have their misuse of NLP and other emotional blackmail, triggering and psycological tricks, worked on you ?

Did they give you alot of attention, then drop you, once you were old news ?

Or did you end up, like Kellie Cottam and others, worse off, whilst they even made money and drama from your suffering, whilst taking no effective action on your behalf ???

There is support out there for us, alot now are helping to remedy this, please use the Whitelist to find better support, or the pages on Facebook that i run, in the likes sidebar.

The investigation with regard conspiracies to commit crimes online….with varied crimes enabled through their dark networks, gangs etc, listed grows.

http://wakeup-world.com/2016/01/25/shedding-light-child-abuse-whistleblower-takes-a-stand/   Features Amanda Prosser Australian Whistleblower

threats & what the hoaxes lead to John Brown’s Youtube channel contains the recorded threats & thread contains evidence, otherwise John’s channel is an amazing resource. and he deserves more support, instead of the leeches of our movement.

click above for recorded evidence of death threat from a follower of another case promoted by Sabine McNeill, Belinda Mckenzie and those die hard Hampstead and hg hoaxers…..who all also promote…..Fiona Barnett. This threat was towards Veteran Campaigner John Brown, and others downunder, caused by Fiona Barnett & David Shurter falsely accusing them as he has done also to me and others.  At the time of this recording of death threats, i hadn’t heard the recording of Fiona & David, slandering good and genuine, long term, important investigators, campaigners, supporters, advocates and whistleblowers, on the Ed Oppenhiemer show, listed on the link below.

More info here:  The Real Deal on CSAinquiry, Royal CommissionAus

 

More Evidence added with regards Chris Everard of the Enigma Channel. Another vile bandwagon jumper/accuser towards a Whistleblower.

 

Angela Power Disney was trying to ignore me for months on end, dismissing me as no one, no one had heard of me, no one liked me, etc, as did various sock accounts, trolls, just keep undermining, and slurring me……And then i began to enter their arena, and challenge them.

The intense, immediate vile abuse hurled at me, can be seen on the Hoaxtead Hypocrites Video, examples on there of the kind of comments, any of us dissenting, recieve, as well as being called, Ricky the so called made up cult, leader, or a member, baby eater, and threats.   Given that i found her video, where she snarls shame at me, and other insults, in my inbox, with a message saying , ‘If you are a real survivor ? or advocate, Sheva, you are a disgrace !’……….She  uses alot of triggering words, throughout, is the same kind of thing, reported by victims of Fiona Barnett, downunder, linking to pretend paedo hunting groups, using Anon and Opdeatheater guises, to operate within.

Angela goes on to explain that she is drinking and needs AA, and therefore, any one working on this issue knows that that means she is unfit and unsafe, at this time, to be taken seriously.

My version of Angelas’ attempt to personally trigger, intimidate, confuse me, contains snips of the Co opt attempt of Lucy Allen MP’s Meeting, Kellie Cottams truthful (edited out by Sabine’s team) rant, powerful and explaining that she not only lost her children, but recieved NO ADVICE !!!! even though she was in Belinda’s team, and these people have the audacity to think they can arrange conferences as the Child Protection Task Force UK ?? !!!!

They must be stopped, and groups protected, and signposted to the good and safer places.

Those amongst them that do have links to dark, murky criminal gangs, conspiring to use CSA Survivors so cruelly, will be taken to task.

The Hollie/Hampstead gangs, have linked with Fiona Barnett’s, Chris Everards’, Baloney’s, Spiveys’, and other’s, to defame, bully, us that work with ethics, empowerment, truth, boudaries, to create real change,  so that they can pretend to spearhead, with disgusting displays of behaviour, untruthes, mocked up cases, dramatic attention seeking…….  This is why, now the word is spreading, they are losing ground, and getting ever more ugly.

There have been some people victimised and triggered, groomed at first, used, abused, and then find their story misrepresented on some blog, like CathyFox  and some have had near breakdowns, felt betrayed, and we are working hard to keep groups safe now, Hence my warning to Downunder groups about POMIC.

So serious and serial patterns emerge, that are now being investigated with a view to legal cases of both Civil and Criminal, Individual and Class Types.

 

Important updates, showing clearly the reason and extent of danger, damage being caused by people pretending to champion child protection…..  en masse crime, extortion, fraud, scams, marketing,harrassment,sabotage,encouraging victim blame, fear mongering, abusing survivors & whistleblowers, whilst pretending to be champions at that too, co opting anything growing, where possible….. destruction and victims, left in their wake, given 4million saw the original videos of the Hampstead two.

Then many will need to be shown this information, so that cases and class actions, can help to effectively prevent this being possible, in the future.

Be safe

Sheva.

A cockney girl, forced to have elocution lessons, and grammar school, ed…..but tech, social media has rendered me lazy, my lack of tech skills have been a barrier.   So am brushing up a bit, as i can, and thanking Hoaxtead Research Blog, for producing the evidence, humour and helping and staying the course…….  And not forgetting the innocent Hampstead Residents, whose children have been tormented, by these foul vile, viralisers all on behalf of  a Child Abuser, Abraham Christie.

Happy Birthday Hoaxtead Research !   A year old today 20.02.2016.   Going from strength to strength, and keeping members safe, and protected.   Providing evidence, and backing up every statement, available for questions, queries, and at times, a good laugh at the crazy antics of some of the loons supporting the cases and characters named on the blacklist and their perps list.   Also keeping within legal limitations, so that cases can be brought against as many as possible that have engaged in this hate campaign, borne of a criminal, carried out by a conspiritatorial team, for really bad reasons, whilst pretending to want children better protected and to speak for survivors of CSA.    Hence the inclusion of the UK roots taking hold at the 2010 Cross of Change Anti Child Abuse Rally, co opted by Truth & Hope, for the Hollie G campaign.

Now that they have serious attention, they will not be able to proceed in the same way…..and be angry, and it shows,

Bronny shows herself up some more in comments.Click here

 

Hoaxtead Hypocrites If you have been victimised or witnessed such cybercrime, please use the Blacklist contact form. Or at Hoaxtead Research.

New video from Abrella drives final nails in Hoaxtead coffin

Source: New video from Abrella drives final nails in Hoaxtead-coffin  Click here for orignal article, and share alot

This, i heard this, in the first videos that i could only find on Angirifan, which i did, having been alerted by something i saw, and realising who were promoting it, i spent the whole weekend, listening to the whole lot, and talking with a friend who had asked me what i thought…….

This is why i had no doubt and is why, i have no mercy for people that have helped to perpetuate these, false flags, that they have hurt so many, and on top of that pretend to spearhead child protection uk, whilst fiona barnyard bennett has tried the same down under, that belinda, bill , brian , david , and all on my blacklist attempted here UK, tho it is still incomplete, and with regards shared radio platforms, it is the host mentioned, not necessarily the whole platform.

The fake hollie campaign was ignored by many of us while the Troof platforms ran amok with it, given a false illusion that the speakers at the 2010 rally were the go to people, and that we were all too scared to speak out…………

I realised it could happen again, and this time moreso and worse, for us with the growing Inquiries, Commission, and of course the thousands of strong people, that work tirelessly, speak out continuosly, but will have nothing to do with the hampstead hoax or the charlatans and crooks promoting it.

 

 

White List CSA & Family/Child Protection/EndDrugwar

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Source: White List CSA & Family/Child Protection/EndDrugwar

Lots added to the list so that the good sites, helping to end child abuse, and help survivors heal the effects, can find the best help available, some updates to the unfortunately, needed Blacklist too, so that networks can be alerted, and hopefully those that know how to, can help rake out the fakes, that are using internet trickery to overwhelm google esp UK , so that the best can shine.

Thanks to everyone for the encouragement and appreciation, it has been difficult to navigate this, but it is necessary, and not at all, to cause division, or stifle free speech, which are some of the hostile accusations, as i embarked on this…….   Lots of events coming, and i will try and list those on an events page, seperately, as i find more time, or help 🙂  Click the link for the white list or tab at the top

Be safe, keep safe and as well as possible.

Sheva Burton

(Prev Sue Melrose C.R.O.S.S. Campaign for Rights Of Survivors of Sexual abuse, organisor of 1st Public Rally Against Child Sexual Abuse UK that included men & women, 1993)   Tho i organised 2010, it was co opted, by Truth & Hope, with preplanning from Belinda McKenzie, so that survivors were mainl Continue reading

Connect downunder Fiona Barnett & David Shurter ~HampHempHawkers reach, smears

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I thought I’d share this again, as they are trawling again, hoping to find new people who don’t know…….

The link at the bottom is to another post where you can hear Fiona Barnett & David Shurter telling Ed Oppenman of AFR (American Freedom Radio) that John Brown, Amanda Prosser, Kathy Devine, and another are informants and not to be trusted.

Thereby, confusing people on who to trust.

This has been done to me and others UK, by Belinda McKenzie,  Sabine K McNeill,  Angela Power Disney, advising their teams of trolls, clickalots, spamalots, fake accounts, fake victims/survivors, fake advocates and all kinds of bullies, manipulators, actors, shills, gullible followers, naive followers, vulnerable groups, setting out from the core UK, across the child abuse movement online, social media,  dividing groups, keeping new victims from getting real help, whilst running them into the ground, making use of them in any way possible.  Flying false flags especially on famous VIP paedo;s, and amazingly horrific SRA cases, overshadowing the genuine cases, groups, advocates, and choking them off, by shunning, isolating any who either whistleblow on these fake truthers or refuse to toe their line and promote their spam, petitions, etc.

This has led to the same dynamics that we Survivors of Abuse, grew up with, and for some of us, has sent us near the edge.

They are clever, sneaky, devious, informed, and relentless, in their determination, to shut genuine advocates and CSA Survivors up, with no care for who might get hurt in the process,  whilst on top of that……

……claiming to be spearheading Child Protection UK ?????

I DON’T THINK SO !    This is important, more reports are coming from THEIR victims, and all very similar, so lets’ us learn from this, take action where we can, inform, and keep victims safe from their clutches, and instead signpost good organisations, both within and without the system.

Personally, i will remain, independent.   Though happy to work with, collaborate with good people.

Be Safe and remember to share this important information.

Sheva Burton

Shows clear links Hampstead/HollieUK -Australia of Conspiracy to Corrupt Child Abuse Campaigns Worldwide

 

The Real Deal with links to John Brown’s video & much more links to Black n White Lists

Care & Mental Health for the CSASurvivor, Expert Witnesses & Child Protection Cases

Survey and Questionaire

Last year I filled out a questionaire, I shared on Social Media, to a weak response, alot of ‘What’s the point’, and ‘We already Know…’.

I’ll share the link to Community Care’s report, which includes a comment from me, below.   I was pleased, i’d encouraged people to join in if possible, how, otherwise will our voices be heard, now that more are finally listening, and our needs be met, better, at last.   I hope……Also a link to a current, easy to use questionaire, short, which i have also filled in and share, for the same reason.  Many are needing to be educated in how to best help Survivors of childhood trauma & abuse, often ignored, possibly because so many institutions, had been complicit, in allowing it to continue……?   Even for causing it ? we’ll only find out if Victims/Survivors are able to provide their testimonies, evidence, and they may need some extra support whilst doing so, and generally, many, me included, have had appalling treatment, non treatment, ignorant & dangerous treatment.

So Fill in this quick Questionaire and share:  Click for Quick Survey NHS MentalHealth Users. Independent Avengerz Fight Back

Community Care Article Social Services ‘very poor’ when working with child sexual abuse survivors’, survey finds

My Comment:

Sheva Burton November 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

I filled in this survey, and have recieved poor treatment, but it is worse than just being unsupported, many adult survivors of CSA are losing their children to ‘care;, under the ‘at risk of emotional harm’ label. Condemned, and in fact i often found the very treatment recieved was triggering, psych reports condemning, with no compassion and no help offered, instead even tho i sourced support and my child returned, saving hundreds of pounds per week in costs, i could not be funded to get the therapy, i knew i still needed. I too, have been more than disappointed with the lack of a step change, having campaigned in the early 90’s for survivors to be heard and helped, more. There are ‘experts’, like Norma Howes who regularly condemned parents in court, yet also gave therapy to child rapists and also trained social workers through the Survivors Trust, so why was there no improvement, and so many children needlessly taken into care, and if you can imagine how that would feel to a parent, that was abused in care, then obviously they might display alot of anguish, anger, that is then used against them, too.

Decision About Norma Howes HCPC dated 06/02/2015

Health and Care Professions Council

Conduct and Competence Committee

Final Hearing

Notice of Decision and Order

Date of Hearing: 5 February 2015

Name of Registrant: Mrs Norma Howes

Registration No: SW54650

Profession: Social Worker

Panel: Mrs Jennifer Rogers – Panel ChairMr Michael McCulley – Lay MemberMr Gareth Davies – Registrant Member

Legal Assessor: Miss Lucia Whittle-MartinHearings Officer: Ms Melanie Harel

The Council was represented by Ms Sophie Lister of Kingsley Napley Solicitors.

The Registrant was present and represented by Ms Lily Robertson of the BritishAssociation of Social Workers.

Allegations:1. On or around 30 November 2008, you conducted a social work assessment andprepared a report for Family Court Proceedings whilst not being registered with theGeneral Social Care Council.

2. The matter described in paragraph 1 amounts to misconduct.

3. By reason of that misconduct, your fitness to practise is impaired.

Admissions:Particular

1: AdmittedParticular

2: DeniedParticular

3: Denied

Facts Proved: 1

Facts Not Proved: n/a

Grounds: misconduct

Fitness to Practise mpaired: no

Sanction: n/a

Background

 

1. The Registrant is registered with the HCPC as a Social Worker.

2. On 30 April 2013 the HCPC received information from a member of the publicto the effect that the Registrant had conducted a social work assessment at atime when she was not registered with the General Social Care Council(GSCC). The GSCC was the regulator of social workers until the HCPC tookover on 1 August 2012. The complainant provided the HCPC with a social workassessment report (the report) dated 30 November 2008.

3. The first page of the document states:“I am requested to undertake a social work assessment. I am also asked toconsider and report on the following questions….”

4. The last page contained a declaration in which the Registrant stated“I have set out in my report….answer to questions in respect of which myopinion as an expert is required…..All of the matters on which I have expressed an opinion are within my fieldof expertise….The opinion represents my true and complete professionalopinion”

5. The report bears the Registrant’s name at the bottom of each page and at theend of the document.

6. The Registrant first applied to be registered with the GSCC on 23 August 2010.

7. The Registrant gave evidence. She accepted that she was not registered at thetime she made the assessment and wrote the report. She said that the frontpage of the report – which the Panel did not have – quoted her qualificationsbeside her name, although it had not stated expressly that she was a socialworker. She said that she had not realised that there was any obligation uponher to register.Decision on fact and misconduct

8. The Panel accepted the advice of the Legal Assessor.

9. The Panel found Particular 1 proved. The Panel was satisfied, both on thebasis of the oral evidence received in the course of the hearing and thedocumentation placed before it, and on the basis of the Registrant’s admission,that Mrs Howes had conducted the assessment and prepared the reportalleged and that she had not been registered with the GSCC at the time.

10.The Panel then went on to consider whether this amounted to a culpable failingon her part. The Panel found that it did amount to a culpable failing. At therelevant time it was a requirement of all social workers to register if they wereto practise. The Panel was satisfied that in conducting the assessment andpreparing the report the Registrant had been practising as a social worker andhad described herself in a way which implied registration with the GSCC. Thereport was 30 pages long and had been written on the basis of an assessmentthat had clearly taken a considerable period of time and that had utilised herskills as a social worker.

11.Furthermore the Panel found that as a professional, the Registrant should havebeen more careful to work within existing legal frameworks. She should havehad greater regard to the relevant standards of her profession. She was undera professional duty to keep up to date with the requirements made of her byher regulatory body.

12.The Panel appreciated that this was an isolated incident in an otherwiseunblemished career. Nevertheless the Registrant had not merely practised inher field without registration, she had put herself forward as an expert in herfield. The report had covered very serious issues of public importance. In thePanel’s judgment the fact that Mrs Howes had written the report without beingregistered was serious and amounted to misconduct.Decision on impairment

13.The Panel accepted the advice of the legal assessor on the meaning ofimpairment.

14.The Panel concluded that the Registrant is not currently impaired.

15.The Registrant had acknowledged from the outset that she had been under aduty to register. She had registered as soon as she discovered that she shouldhave done so. She told the Panel that she appreciated the importance ofregistration, was a supporter of it and accepted responsibility for it. She assuredthe Panel that this was not something that would happen again. She acceptedthat she had acted stupidly. She was not currently working as a social worker;her job involved offering consultancy services in related areas. She had told thePanel that the likelihood of working as a social worker in the future was “slim tonone”, in part due to the difficulties that arose from this case.

16.The Panel concluded that the Registrant was highly unlikely to repeat her failingin this regard. She had apologised and shown insight into her wrongdoing. Shehad an otherwise unblemished career. This was an isolated incident thatoccurred over 6 years ago. It was the Panel’s view that she did not present arisk to the public.

17.The Panel did not consider that the public interest demanded a finding ofimpairment for the same reasons.

18.The Panel concluded that the Registrant is not currently impaired.

19.Accordingly the Registrant is free to continue to practise in her chosenprofession should she chose to do so.

 

 IICSA and UKCSAPT

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The sites for IICSA and UKCSAPT, also contain links for support and advice.

We have fought long and hard to be recognised, validated, supported, compensated, and many of us, do this to aid Child Protection Today.

Many have much to offer, in terms of training, many have ran independent groups, and are now struggling to fund themselves.

Note the Blacklsit, unfortunately, a group have grown and spread, to infect, infiltrate, and complicate, many campaign groups.  We have now turned the tide, recently caught out, making death threats publically, to long term Survivor and Warrior John Brown, taking the Hampstead Hoax to the Royal Commission groups, and Fiona Barnett hoax, back here, in return, through the matrix of trick sites, set up by Belinda McKenzie, who co opted our 2010 Rally and Sabine McNeill, still today, tweeting with her fake public inquiry site.

So i got a bit of a huff and a puff on, got me broom out, and my varooom on, and put myself into their arena.

And guess what?   According to these dreadful fake campaigners, I am a pick n mix of, gorgeous labels, which meant i needed to alert my police, which put me back in touch with Victim Support.

I gave them a speech ’96.

Friday they met with Survivors UK.  So there is a Step Change, now.

I’ll write a blog about more of my experience with Victim Support soon, and thank them very much, for understanding my pretty unusual needs within the situation, i found myself in.

In fact the hoax thing, has helped enormously, to educate, both the Police and Victims Support, and probably more, who have now, seen the awful effect these people were having, and how far their reach was/is.  So that though, most ignore the outrageous, obvious trolls, shills, conspiracy theories, especially those who have been busy doing the real work on this issue.  In this case, a warning has needed to be pushed out to all of the networks, on all platforms, so that the very good ones, and there are many, can be heard above the din, made by these terribly bad campaigns.

Those of us with time, energy and the will, experience and know how, need to be heard now, so that even more people can heal, feel heard, empowered.

This will help change the dynamics, attitudes and lacks that allowed so much Child Abuse to continue, for way too long.

Be safe Always First, as a Fellow Survivor and Poet, John always says, he made the video, for Cross of Change 2010 Rally, at least that was what it was called, before ‘Truth and Hope’, Fcough, co opted it, with Belinda Mckenzie, Kevin Annett, Bill Maloney, Penny Pullen and others involved in the Hollie Hoax, which really needs addressing still.

He read some of his poems and also coaxed me up to the mike, and when i first had decided to maximise publicising it on Facebook, he warned me, of what might happen, i thought i had enough support for it to be safe, i was wrong, i had trusted people with ulterior motives, or that were themselves co opted by Belinda etc.

If anyone knows how to get Vimeo and Youtube to disallow the videos, on all these cases, still out there, please do get onboard and help.  They are a threat to freedom of speech, on this issue, perhaps Child Abuse matters more than most issues ?  Perhaps it matters more than Copyright issues.

One of the biggest shocks has been that a video was removed instantly on that issue, yet way toooooo slow, on the matters of Child Abuse, Child Protection, Harrassment, Malicious Communications.

The terrible responses from Facebook regarding the hampstead hoax reports, given that many posts contain pictures of the children, names of innocent people, it carries an injunction, and the posters threaten and slur anyone who dissents.

Including Angela Power Disney, who runs ‘Justice for Hampstead’, Secret Facebook Group, and can be seen on this blog, sneering and smearing, lying, giving disinfo, trying to raise a million. She and her team, produce a troll list…….. I must have featured highly, to recieve the dangerous accusations, made by bloggers, either in their team, supporting abusers, or sabotaging us, or trying to oppress those of us, that really have and can make a difference, and help stop abusers, from having so much opportunity, to hurt and violate children.  Sweeping up vulnerable, some sick people who clickalot and think they’re heroes !

Thankyou to all who have, inspired, supported, helped and listened to me.

Sheva

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