WINTER 2001/2 ISSUE 51
THE NATIONAL NEWSLETTER OF FAMILIES NEED FATHERS
Stricter Rules To Be Approved
COURTS TO GET TOUGH
PRESSURE IS BUILDING on himself a High Court Family sequences they face if they break
the government to approve Division Judge, attended the recent contact orders.
FNF House tough new enforcement of conference in London on contact Stage two comes when a contact
News p4 contact rulings, following an and is thought by observers to order is broken for the first time.
extensive consultation process. favour a tougher approach. The offending party can be required
The Lord Chancellor's Depart- The Sub-Committee's report has to attend a parenting programme
Family Law ment (LCD) launched its ‘Making now been completed. and extra contact time is awarded
Contact Work’ paper back in March to the other parent.
Brief p5 2001, and FNF was amongst the Sanctions The final stage, for repeat
contributors who replied in detail. offenders, can lead to a spell of
Responses were collated by the The Australian model came into community service or a require-
Society p6 Children Act Sub-Committee of the force a year ago. It is based on a ment to put up a money bond. This
Lord Chancellor's Advisory three-stage scheme of sanctions may then be forfeited if any further
Committee on Family Law, which which gradually get tougher. breaches take place.
Review p7 will give its final decision early in The first stage is prevention, As an ultimate sanction, offenders
the New Year. when parents are informed of their can be fined or even sentenced to a
Follow up p8 responsibilities and the con- term of up to a year in prison.
Follow up p8 Compliance
11st Person p10
st FNF and other organisations
Person p10 pointed to numerous cases where
divorced or estranged mothers
Between deliberately and repeatedly
Between flouted the terms of contact rulings
the lines p11
the lines p11 specified by the courts. Yet the same
courts then refused to intervene to
make these women comply.
Internet p12 Now it looks as if the LCD will
adopt measures similar to those
already in operation in Australia,
Media where community service orders
Monitor p13 and fines are employed to ensure
that reluctant mothers comply with
the letter of the law.
Books p14 Children Act Sub-Committee
chairman Sir Nicholas Wall, Cardiff - Silent Protest Speaks Volumes Story - Page 4
Letters p14 PAY A VISIT TO THE FAMILIES NEED FATHERS WEBSITE ON : WWW. F NF.ORG.UK
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LONDON EAST - Every Monday, 8pm,
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WINTER LONDON NORTH, - 2nd/4th Monday each month, 8pm,
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Ji m Parton
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BANSTEAD - 2nd Tuesday each month, 8pm, debating whether Parental Respons-
The Duke's Head, Dorking Road, Tadworth, KT20 ibility should go to unmarried fathers
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birth certificate. The government’s
EDITOR BIRMINGHAM - 2nd Monday each month, 7.30pm, five-year promise may at last be kept.
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Nick get PR, and retrospectively too. With or
BRISTOL - 3rd Wednesday each month, 7.30pm, without PR, the Child Support Agency,
Anning Royal George Inn, Gloucester Rd,Horfield, Bristol, BS7 for example, still comes for you.
0117 974 4535 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.fnfbristol.org.uk But in the real world we'll settle for
FARNHAM, 2nd Wednesday each month, 8pm, what will be a marked improvement.
Friends Meeting House, 36 Tilford Road, GU9 Living in a world of its own is the
0207 613 5060 - email@example.com Solicitors' Family Law Association. Last
MAIDENHEAD - Every Monday, 8.30pm, year’s chairman Rosemary Carter was
McKenzie is heard opposing this much needed reform
The Hind's Head, High St, Bray SL6
distributed 01628 681 168 - firstname.lastname@example.org on Marcel Berlins' influential Radio 4
programme, 'Law in Action'.
free to MANCHESTER - 2nd Thursday each month, 7pm, She worried that by having his name
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members of 0161 436 4624 father would have a role in education
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NOTTINGHAM - 1st Thursday each month, 7.30pm, "Why should a mother have to go to
I.C.C., 61b Mansfield Road, NG1 court to undo parental responsibility?"
Members are 0115 910 7581 - firstname.lastname@example.org Rosemary Carter went on to ask.
invited to Answer: she shouldn’t. She should
SOUTHPORT - Last Thursday each month, 7.30pm, encourage the father to take respons-
submit The Lodge, Mornington Rd, Southport, PR9
01704 510 899 - email@example.com ibility, for the sake of the children.
articles Carter even argued that a mother is in
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for inclusion The Institute, High Street, Llandaff, CF5 easily be coerced into allowing a father’s
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EDINBURGH 'Allow,' Rosemary? And who does the
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may be fathers too. Not all are responsible. Any
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edited for 0141 586 6556 more than all mothers.
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McKenzie 51 Winter 2001/2 Families Need Fathers
..NEWS EXTRA...NEWS EXTRA...NEWS EXTRA..
COMPANY VALUES PROTEST POINT DPP-PREFERRED? Got
SOME OF Britain's top-earning THE SPECIAL ‘Making Contact DOMESTIC VIOLENCE cases
companies stand accused of Work’ conference, organised by the should not be dropped just because
skimping when it comes to Lord Chancellor's Department, the alleged victim declines to give
donations to charity.
However, according to a survey of
was held at the Financial Times
offices in London on November 20.
evidence in court.
Thus spake David Calvert-Smith a
FTSE 100 companies for a Families Need Fathers sent four QC, the Director of Public
Guardian special supplement official delegates, while a lively Prosecutions (DPP), in new policy
(November 5), there are honourable sixty-strong demo outside drew guidelines which were published at
exceptions. The most generous
company is Royal & Sun Alliance,
which donated 6.4% of its £55
wider public attention to the way the
family court system continues to let
down fathers and fail the children
the end of November.
The changes to the law are supported point
by his top legal colleagues, Attorney-
million pre-tax profit. whose interests it exists to represent. General Lord Goldsmith and
Lloyds TSB Group was the most Solicitor-General Harriet Harman.
generous of the banks, giving away At present, domestic violence cases
£34 million, while Sainsbury's (£6
million) and Marks & Spencer (£3.2
are dropped when women are
reluctant to testify in court. A Crown
million) both made it into the top- Prosecution Service Inspectorate
ten benefactors. Survey found that eighty per-cent of
Companies which gave less than cases which did not proceed did so
0.1% of annual profits include
British Petroleum, Shell and super-
because the alleged victim had
withdrawn from the case.
market giant Tesco (advertising Police will now concentrate on
slogan: 'every little helps'). collecting additional evidence in the
Special mention to building form of witness statements from
industry suppliers Wolseley, whose Critical Voices: Protesters make their neighbours, or medical evidence to
highest paid director (£1,025,000) point at the demonstration outside the support the initial allegations.
receives over fifty times more than 'Making Contact Work' conference, The DPP even suggested that
the paltry £20,000 allocated by the held at the Financial Times offices in witnesses who refuse to testify could
company to charitable causes. London on November 20. be held in contempt of court by judges.
That's enough ballots... let's get back to practical matters.
S o, the delayed FNF Annual
General Meeting finally took place,
the poll. Proof, if ever it was needed,
that FNF is not some exclusively
voices were softened down, and I
deliberately kept the identity of the Why
the Trustee elections were held and male concern and the contributions correspondents confidential to
the vacant seats on the National made by our women members are protect them from the kind of
Council were duly filled. I guess we particularly valued. personalised attacks which had been
should feel relieved - except that the such an unnecessary feature of the
results are now being challenged in
the courts by an FNF member.
Another big plus was that the
voting turnout increased greatly
compared to previous years. Which
run-up to the Trustee elections.
Perhaps we'll now see a court case
There was I, hoping not to have to launched to reveal the ‘confidential’
devote more precious centre-page list of members who wrote in to the
space to keeping members informed National Office to express their
about the endless legal wrangles
going on behind-the-scenes.
views? Go ahead... make my day!
On the practical side, the office has
Illustration - John Minnion
After this issue, which of course updated and corrected both Branch
has a full report on the election information and local FNF Contacts
results, perhaps McKenzie will be
able to get back to dealing with the
for McKenzie and the FNF website.
That has meant redesigning the
important issues that need coverage: layout of the Telephone Contacts list
like the CSA, CAFCASS, contact, on the inside-back page - to include
the domestic violence debate, legal
aid and the grinding progress of the
family court system.
seems to support the view that
FNF's members disapproved of the
antics of the self-styled ‘reformers’.
e-mail addresses where these are
available. Pressure on space has
meant a rejig of the old ‘box’ layout
The AGM was well-attended and That was certainly the message for local FNF Branch information
the elections turned in a resounding from FNF's mail-bag, despite inside the front page.
vote in favour of the list of
candidates who were recommended
suggestions from one of the
‘reformers’ that the letter extracts
The next issue of McKenzie will
be out in a new year, but it's a safe
by the National Council. published in McKenzie No50 were bet that, come 2002, FNF will still
What's more, it was Karen made up, or slanted in favour of the be dealing with the familiar old
Randall, FNF's dedicated and hard-
working CSA expert, who topped
If anything, the really critical
issues and topics.
Nick Anning page
If you are refused the assistance of a McKenzie Friend, send the
FNF National Office details of the date, the court, the name of the
judge and the reasons given.
McKenzie 51 Winter 2001/2 Families Need Fathers
FNF HOUSE NEWS Greetings from Curtain Road
LORD IRVINE of Lairg, the
A CROWD of some sixty Matthew, a computer pro- Lord Chancellor, busy for
protesters held a silent picket grammer by profession, was some time fending off
outside Llandaff Cathedral, granted interim contact four times allegations of indirect discrim-
Cardiff, on Sunday October 28. a week with his son and step- ination, was finally cleared by
The event was supported by the daughter when he and his wife the Court of Appeal recently.
FNF Cardiff Branch and other split up. The courts progressively Solicitor Jane Coker and legal
groups highlighting the plight of reduced contact to a level with advisor Martha Osamor, backed
children of estranged parents. which his ex-wife would comply. by both the Equal Opportunities
More than two hundred judges, As a result he now sees his five Commission and the Com-
lawyers and civic dignitaries saw year-old son once a fortnight, and mission for Racial Equality,
the protest (See photo, right) doesn't see his step-daughter at all. brought the original test case
when they met at the cathedral to After this latest in a series of against Irvine back in 1999.
attend a special thanksgiving demonstrations targetted at judges, They claimed that Lord Irvine
service for the legal profession. a spokesman for the Lord had indirectly discriminated
Matthew Mudge, chairman of Chancellor's Department com- against them by appointing
the Cardiff Branch, told the press mented: "Protesters have every Gary Hart to be his personal
later: "We don't want to harass the right to express themselves as long advisor without first advertising
judges. But we just want their as they stay within the law." the vacancy. Hart, a partner in
attention so that they'll do "The judges probably don't like law firm Herbert Smith, is also
it, but I think they are rather Poignant but peaceful: Some of a personal friend of the Lord
something about the issue. It is Chancellor.
making them feel uncomfortable, stoical, because there's not much the sixty protesters outside Oddly enough, the thorny
and that is our intention." that can be done." Llandaff Cathedral, October 28. question of indirect discrimin-
ation was the theme of a parlia-
mentary question earlier this
ENCLOSURES FORWARD PLAN HELPING HANDS year to the then Home Secretary,
YOU WILL find a number of FNF SCOTLAND is planning to PENNY EWENS in Leeds and Jack Straw. And whose question
was it? Doncaster MP Rosie
enclosures with your McKenzie. hold a number of events for Paul Bateman from Goole (see
Winterton. And what became of
Firstly there is a newly- Father's Day 2002. Letter, page 14) could use some her? She became Minister with
designed Gift Aid Form. Could In particular they want specific
help to organise FNF meetings responsibility for the Lord
all members please complete and articles like car-stickers, balloons
in the Yorkshire area. Chancellor's Department in the
sign this new form and return it and leaflets. This is not just a Yorkshire post-General Election reshuffle.
to the office as soon as they can. Any members who can help problem - the entire North-East Ms Winterton, we are sure, has
If you are a tax-payer, this will either with skills, access to printers
is under-represented in terms of an interest in preventing indirect
enable FNF to claim 28p from or merchandise suppliers, or know
FNF Contacts and Branches. discrimination. Let's hope she
the government for every £1 you of companies willing to do a dealAny volunteers would be can also start to tackle the direct
have already contributed, or plan for what is obviously a good cause,
welcomed and should contact discrimination many fathers
to contribute, by way of your please get in touch with Alasdair
Penny on: 0113 294 6976. face when attempting to obtain
annual subscription or donation. Maclauchlan on: 0131 555 0135 Meantime, over the Pennines, and enforce contact orders.
You will also find a copy of the Ian Smith and Arthur Wright at
Rules drafted under Article 61 of MARATHON MAN FNF Southport Branch are AND WAS it the same Rosie
FNF's Articles of Association, as looking for members to assist in Winterton who was repri-
approved at the last National COVENTRY FNF member running meetings and coping manded on November 6 by
Council Meeting. Robert Page will run the with administration. Michael ‘Gorbals Mick’ Martin,
For good measure, we have put Stratford-on-Avon marathon on the Speaker of the House of
Commons for giving too
in a copy of the flyer for FNF's April 21 next year. BIG THANK-YOU lengthy a reply to a parlia-
'For The Sake Of The Children' Meanwhile FNF is looking for
and the bigger poster which can mentary question?
any enthusiastic members who FNF WISHES to express its
Indeed it was. The minister
be put up on notice boards in would like to run in future gratitude to the following for flannelled on about CAFCASS
places such as local libraries or marathons or fun-runs. their very generous donations: like a talking press release. And
information and advice bureaux. The aim would be to organise Streatham Rotary Club, London, then tried to smooth ruffled
You could also help out by an FNF team which could fund- and the Junior Common Room feathers amongst the disgruntled
suggesting to your local library raise and publicise the issues at Christ Church College, Guardians-ad-litem.
that they order a copy of the book which FNF campaigns on. Oxford, who between them have Mr Speaker (for it is he): "That
for their shelves. Remember that Anyone interested in joining donated around £1000. (Also, answer was far too long."
every copy sold brings FNF such a team, please contact thanks to the mystery donor in
much-needed additional revenue. Juliette at the office. Kent for that £100 bank cheque.) Norman Porch
African caribbean Confidential Information Line
marriage support project 020 7738 6090
McKenzie 51 Winter 2001/2 Families Need Fathers
FAMILY LAW BRIEF
Compiled by Tipstaff
TESTING CASE ON RECORD COURT APPROVED
THE CHILD SUPPORT A JUDGE IN the High Court THERE WAS considerable IN WHAT is thought to be the
AGENCY looks set to make an Family Division has ordered that press coverage of the long- first case of its kind, the Appeal
unprecedented payout of a DNA test should be carried out running case of Mark Harris back Court recently ruled that a county
£30,000 to a Welsh man, after in Re: T (Paternity: Ordering in the summer. The legal journals court judge should allow a litigant-
an independent DNA test Blood Tests) to establish the of record take a while to catch up, in-person a McKenzie Friend in
proved that he could not be the
biological father of a boy for identity of a biological father. but Family Law Reports (2001, 2, court for his full Contact hearing.
whom he had been paying £100- Mr Justice Bodey's ruling took No 6) carries the full texts of Mr On September 26, Lord Justices
a-week maintenance for the last account of both Article 8 of the Justice Munby's two key rulings Thorpe and Keene allowed an
seven years. European Convention on Human in the cases. appeal against a ruling by Judge
Gerard Bradbury, 39, of Rights and the principles of the In March this year, Harris was Worsley at Basildon county court
Cardigan, told the BBC "I don't UK Children Act (1989). given a ten-month prison sentence in the case Re: H (Minor).
begrudge the child a penny, but The mother in the case had been for contempt. In June he applied Judge Worsely had denied the
I hate being taken for a fool." in a stable marriage but unable to to the court to purge the contempt. father a McKenzie Friend at a pre-
Bradbury had had a brief affair conceive a child by her husband.
with the child's mother, and Justice Munby's June 21 ruling trial hearing, on the ground that he
when she later claimed to have With his agreement, she became gives the full reasons for the did not need one and that the
had a son by him, he agreed to pregnant by a male friend, and the decision to release Harris before person he was proposing was
pay a quarter of his monthly child she had was brought up completion of full sentence. ‘adversarial and legalistic’.
salary to her via the CSA. But within the marriage. The mother in the case was
eventually, long-held doubts The High Court decided that a TUV receiving legal aid and was
about the child's paternity DNA test would be in the child's Understatement of the Year represented by a solicitor and
prompted him to pay £200 for a best interests, because it had the barrister. The Appeal judges found
DNA test. The test proved that right to know its father's identity "Confidence in the Family Courts
the odds against Mr Bradbury that the father could be vulnerable
and also have the possibility of is not high at the moment." at the full Contact hearing and that
being the biological father were Joshua Rozenberg,
14 million-to-one, about the contact with him. Legal Editor, Daily Telegraph the separate issue of representation
same as the odds against was by its nature legalistic and
winning the National Lottery. BROOKMANSHIP LEANER SLICE adversarial. This did not in itself
A CSA spokeswomen said mean that a McKenzie Friend
"The CSA does not make LONDON SOLICITORS BUSINESS TYCOON Michael would act in the same manner at
judgements about paternity. If Brookman are in the running for Cowan made his £12 million the full Contact hearing.
someone comes to us and says the finals of the Campaign Media fortune from the invention of black The case eventually went ahead
he is the father, we collect
maintenance. In rare cases marketing awards ceremony for plastic waste disposal ‘bin-liners’. with the McKenzie Friend present.
where the non-residential parent their controversial 'Ditch the Bitch' When his thirty-five year
has been making payments and and 'All Men are Bastards' marriage came to an end, Cowan's FOOTNOTE: For some time
later establishes that he is not advertising campaign which ex-wife Jacqueline was awarded 'McKenzie' has carried a notice
the father, we give refunds, with featured gender-specific stickers £1.775 million. This original sum encouraging members with
interest." liberally applied to the walls of was increased substantially by the information about court refusals
Bradbury added: "There must wine bar lavatories all across the Appeal Court - to £4.4 million. to allow a McKenzie Friend to
be hundreds of men throughout City of London. However, her bid to persuade the let the office know. Response has
the country in my situation, and
I would urge them to have a Informal sources suggest that House of Lords to jack up the been patchy, but the instances we
DNA test done." Brookman are no longer members revised award failed at the end of know of are being collated and
of the Solicitors' Family Law November, their Lordships being details will be published soon as
THE CSA HAS come in for Association. Something to do with singularly unimpressed by - either on the official FNF
heavy criticism from an irate a change of policy perhaps? accounts of her lavish lifestyle. website, or in 'McKenzie'.
daughter whose interests the
Agency is supposed to protect.
Stephen Handley, a Worcester
lorry driver, faces the prospect
of having to sell his house to
meet a CSA arrears payment
Volunteers are wanted,
g Members of the Solicitors’
Family Law Association
His daughter, Sîan, 16, a in the West London Area,
student, has written to Prime
Minister Tony Blair asking him
to intervene. She said: "I'd
rather have my dad living round
to help maintain FNF's
Media Archive anthony gold
the corner, than forced to move
away because he can't keep up
with these disgusting demands
Luis Sanchez on: lerman & muirhead
for money." 020 8749 7051,
Sîan's mother also attacked the 07711 959792 (mobile) S O L I C I T O R S
CSA's demands, saying: "I don't or e-mail:
agree that my ex-husband 43 Streatham Hill, London SW2 4TP - 020 8678 5500
should make these excessive 25 London Bridge St, London SE1 9TW - 020 7940 4000
McKenzie 51 Winter 2001/2 Families Need Fathers
NEWS BRIEFS IN THE BEST INTERESTS
CAFCASS, the Commons - and a rude awakening
WHAT HAPPENED when
"a pleasant and friendly"
father ran into a contact
problem over his two year-old
son? The police closed off a
S ERIOUS QUESTIONS
are already being asked
about the new courts
agency CAFCASS which, as
Lord Chancellor's Department
children (aged eleven and nine).
This particular weekend, his
children told him that they did not
want to go back to their mother
on Sunday evening. They pre-
a fax to the Official Solicitor and
the local social services informing
both agencies of the current
situation and of his intention to
return the children to their mother
17-mile stretch of the M4 in minister Rosie Winterton ferred to be with their father, who via the school next day. He went
Wiltshire causing immense cherishes them dearly. He decided to bed long after one o’clock.
traffic chaos and then arrested constantly reminds us, came
him on suspicion of carrying into being on April 1 this year. to let them sleep over. In the ‘Mr M’ now explained to the
a concealed weapon. On October 22 - a mere six- morning he would take them to inspector at his door all the steps
months down the line - Hilton school, from where they would he had taken the previous evening.
LATEST HOME Office Dawson, Labour back-bencher return to their mother in the usual He said his children had been in
figures show a record rise in and MP for Lancaster and Wyre, way when school finished. bed fast asleep, until the police
the number of females tabled a House of Commons He knew from his years with came to disturb everyone.
currently in prison in this Early Day Motion on CAF- FNF that it was no crime to retain Still the police insisted they were
country. Let's hope the CASS, which has now received going to enter and finally barged
authorities don't use this as forty-four supporting signatures. through the locked door. The
a further excuse for leniency As yet, no date has been fixed father was manhandled into an
against mothers who flout for a formal debate on the armchair and prevented from
court contact orders. motion, which ends with a call going to his distraught children.
FNF MEMBER Richard for "an urgent and fundamental The police snatch-squad simply
Day has applied under the review of the service, taking full took them away, after a heavy-
Data Protection Act for the account of the views of children handed raid on a peaceful family
CSA to make available and young people, organisations home in the early hours of the
copies of all papers held by representing them and the morning, in the same way as they
them about his case. dedicated people who work might raid a master criminal's
He is alleging "...incorrect within it." home to catch him unawares.
enforcement action, mal- Dawson, like many others, had The police had clearly acted
administration and serious been concerned to note that illegally. For whatever reason,
official error" by the
Agency, which has until
December 3 to respond.
twenty-four out of fifty-two
managers of children's guardians
had already left CAFCASS.
SOCIETY they had simply chosen to enforce
this mother's residence order.
There was no court order to
EVER WONDERED what What's more, one of them had his children after contact and that legitimise their actions.
happened to Tranda Wecker, stated publicly that on the no one could take them from him Had they simply waited a few
natural mother of the national level, the agency "is in without a court order. hours the children would have
‘Internet Twins’ unsuccess- a state dangerously close to Nevertheless, he took sensible been on their way to school for
fully adopted by Judith and paralysis." steps to explain his actions and his another routine day with their
Alan Kilshaw? She has now intentions for the following day. friends and teachers. As it was,
pleaded guilty to charges of Early that evening he tele- on Monday they were not at
federal fraud in the United
States and faces a possible
prison sentence of a year.
Wecker admitted lying in
order to obtain a range of
A ROUND four o'clock in the
morning ‘Mr M’ was
awoken by loud hammer-
ing on his front door.
When he went to investigate he
phoned the local police, notifying
them that the children were
refusing to return to their mother.
He told them the children were
safe and in bed for the night and
school, but instead, rather upset,
tired and confused by this Metro-
politan Police overreaction.
You would think an apology
might be forthcoming, or that
saw four police officers outside. that he planned to take them to disciplinary action might have
AS FOR THE Kilshaws, They said they had come from school in the morning. been taken against these over-
despite Health Secretary Islington Police Station to take his He asked if the police would zealous officers. But to date there
Alan Milburn’s October children, because they were relay this information to the has been no apology and no
announcement of a proposed concerned for their safety. They mother and enquired whether they internal disciplining.
revision in the adoption law, said they had a warrant and unless wished to verify that the children ‘Mr M’, the ‘Bengal Tiger’ has
they plan to continue their he let them in they told him they were safe by visiting them at his issued a civil complaint against the
search in Turkey and would break down the door. home. The police officer res- Metropolitan Police, citing
Rumania. Milburn wants The inspector in charge refused ponded that this was a civil matter ‘misfeasance in public office’. He
Britons who adopt children to show him the non-existent which did not concern them. He is also seeking compensation for
abroad without proper warrant until he opened the door. would let the mother know the trespass, unlawful removal of the
clearance from the UK to Long-standing members may situation and a check on their children, assault and damage to his
face prison sentences.
remember ‘Mr M’. His story safety was quite unnecessary. property, and false imprisonment.
THE HOUSE where Elian (‘Bengal Tiger’) was published in The ‘Bengal Tiger’, educated by His complaint is likely to be
Gonzalez guested during his McKenzie, February 1998. He many years in the jungle of family heard in the High Court at
stay in Miami, Florida, has now has staying contact with his proceedings, did not relax. He sent sometime in the New Year.
been turned into a shrine in
memory of his five-month
American experience. The even Toddlers Need Fathers
house in 'Little Havana', is
now known as ‘Casa Elian’
and still contains his bedroom www.eventoddlersneedfathers.com
just as it was when he (Case laws and child psychology, bonding, Lord Chancellor's Department,
returned to live with his Home Office, UN, parental leave, European Court, CSA, contact centres)
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'IN CAMERA' IN PARLIAMENT
A RESIDENCY hearing before WHEN MARRIAGES or long- were child-abusers. That is so Sometimes the allegations can
Judge Black on October 24 was term relationships break up, far from reality and reason." later be traced back to misguided
told that the litigant-in-person false allegations of abuse by one Lord Eden of Winton warned of or misapplied counselling.
(LIP) had taped a meeting with partner against the other can "...the growing weight of evidence In the Lords debate, the Countess
a CAFCASS officer. sometimes become a further that the experts in the social of Mar singled out the potential
The LIP had kept the tape as an harmful consequence. services, the medical profession misuse of Section 47 of the
insurance policy. He mentioned its On October 17, the House of and the police can get things Children Act (1989).
existence when the CAFCASS Lords held a special debate on tragically wrong." "Somehow," she said, "the Act
officer, Kay Demery, was caught the broad issue of false alleg- This situation arises, Lord Eden has been so misconstrued as to
out in a ‘memory-lapse’ in court. ations and the harm they can pointed out: "...because they enable some social services
The exchange in court went cause to families. have been conditioned to believe departments, paediatricians and
something like this: Leading the debate, Earl Howe that everything the child says has organisations such as the NSPCC
LIP: Do you remember my first stressed how vital it was not to be true, or they fail to interpret to abuse their powers through
daughter mentioning to you her to play down in any way the correctly the physical symptoms misplaced zeal and ideology, or
fear that imposing a contact order genuine cases of violent, sexual they may be examining." through sheer incompetence."
might result in her father going to or emotional abuse of children. "What is most dangerous of The result, she commented, had
prison if he didn’t agree with it? His concern was that along- all," he went on, "is that they been "...to create tremendous
Demery: No. side genuine cases of abuse there might have a preconceived distress and psychological
LIP: Do you think you would was a parallel cause for worry. presumption that abuse has damage to parents, children and
have remembered, had she "Many innocent people," he taken place. If so, the child is the wider family, sometimes
mentioned this? said, "are being wrongly accused then subjected to suggestible destroying the family structure."
Demery: Yes. of child abuse and their lives are questioning, designed to
LIP: I just happen to have a tape
recording of an interview in which
being turned upside down substantiate that opinion." The Lords debate did not go to
without justification." "They appear to be too ready the other end of the spectrum and
my daughter does mention this. He cited two particular to jump to a conclusion on the consider the implications of the
Judge: What! I order that you flimsiest of evidence."
sources of such allegations. The highly-publicised case against
deliver the recording to this court,
first was so-called "recovered former Tory minister Neil
plus any notes or transcripts.
memory" , which had been Hamilton and his wife Christine.
The judge was concerned to
completely discredited by a FALSE There is a world of difference
establish who might have
prompted the LIP’s daughter to Royal College of Physicians ALLEGATIONS between being politically and
mention such a matter to the Working Party in 1998. financially discredited and being
CAFCASS officer. The second source was from accused of the kind of lurid
In fact, the LIP had been at pains cases of so-called "Münchausen A number of speakers referred behaviour which figured in the
not to put any ideas into his Syndrome By Proxy", where a to the social climate in which false imagination of a single witness.
daughter's head that could have led parent or carer allegedly or allegations can arise. Baroness The Hamiltons - like them or
to such an accusation. deliberately creates illness in a Carnegy singled out in particular loathe them - rightly decided to
And even if he had, if he had child. This syndrome is also the the frightening atmosphere pre- ‘tough it out’. Perhaps no fresh
disagreed with the order imposed subject of considerable doubt in valent for social workers or police mud stuck to them as a result.
at the mother's behest and failed the medical profession. "...who have to make the initial
to comply with it he could decisions of what to do in families But that was not the situation in
ultimately go to prison or face A number of their lordships when abuse is first alleged." a very different case in Scotland
some other penalty. made detailed contributions but "Common sense and legis- back in the summer. At the end of
That's the only way court orders it was Lord Lucas who sounded lation may say that they should July, a prosecution against six men
can work. Now, the judge could the most serious warning note: talk with the parents and the in the High Court in Edinburgh
have said: "I'm very interested that "Professionals have over the child, offer support and keep in collapsed. They had jointly been
you appear to have proof that this years consistently shown their close touch," the Baroness accused of longterm sexual abuse
CAFCASS officer has lied to this ability to lose a sense of balance explained, but noted that "it is all of an eleven year-old girl and her
court and I would like to know and professionalism." too easy to picture the headlines eight year-old brother.
more. Let us adjourn this hearing "I lost trust in the NSPCC a and the letters to the local paper The case seems to have
until you can bring the tape to few years ago," Lord Lucas if things go wrong, and to play originated in an acrimonious
court so we can listen to it. confessed, "when it ran an safe by recommending taking marital break-up, with the mother
Meanwhile I will prepare a advertising campaign claiming the child away." taking the two children to Ireland.
perjury charge against this that 'one-in-eight' children is There they received ‘counselling’
CAFCASS officer." But the judge subject to child abuse... Its False allegations can take many which gave rise to the allegations
didn't say anything of the sort. claim would suggest that one forms and FNF is concerned when leading to the prosecution.
What action will be taken now hundred of your Lordships had they are used as a weapon in When the case collapsed half
that the tape is in the judge's suffered child abuse and that disputed custody, access or way through, the six defendants
hands? Will it be used to bring Ms perhaps fifty of your Lordships parental responsibility cases. were deprived of the opportunity
Demery to book? How will to defend themselves in court and
CAFCASS respond and will Ms ● SPIG ● clear their names.
Demery's behaviour be allowed to Afterwards, Labour MSP Cathy
influence other judges? Jamieson called for a full public
Seems unlikely. Of course the SHARED PARENTING INFORMATION GROUP enquiry. Such a forum may be the
LIP could also appeal, because his We collate and promote research information on shared parenting only way to clear the air, debate
application for joint residence was the issues in detail and educate
summarily dismissed by the judge, Website: www.spig.info both professionals and the general
despite the CAFCASS officer's Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org public about a very tricky and
economies with la vérité. highly-charged subject. 7
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Fallout and Follow-Up
Your Post-AGM Guide to Election Results, Appointment of Officers,
the Strategy Meeting and Legal Developments
The FNF Annual General four-to-one in favour of the six Dr Pelling received the highest stringent internal review, that an
Meeting was finally held in candidates who had been recom- number of votes amongst the early draft of 'Complaints
London on September 23. mended to the membership by ‘reformers’, but is now question- Procedure and Standards' for
Members will recall that it was the National Council. ing the validity of the AGM and CAFCASS was in preparation.
re-scheduled from May after a the Trustee elections. He said that he was most
series of legal problems. National Council A full hearing in the High Court concerned to maintain a full
on this matter has been set for consultation process with FNF
The Meeting At its first meeting following December 12. and other similar groups.
the AGM the National Council His aim, he said, was to build
A well-attended Meeting heard approved the appointment of Address "...a new culture" at CAFCASS,
the final results of the count for Jeremy Thomas as FNF Trea- which would involve complete
the elections of FNF Trustees, surer and of Matthew Stannard The AGM was addressed by openness and transparency.
which was supervised by an inde- as FNF Secretary. Anthony Hewson, Chairman of
pendent observer. The total votes the new Children and Family Back-Chat
cast are shown in the Box below. Legal Court Advisory and Support
Service (CAFCASS), on the Afterwards there was a lively
The Vote The results of the election have theme of his personal vision for discussion, involving a series of
been challenged in court by one the future of this new all- questions raised by meeting
The turnout in the voting was FNF member, Dr Michael inclusive agency. chairman Charles Kenyon, and
considerably up on previous Pelling, formerly a member of In his address, Hewson stressed by a number of members from
years and the final count went the self-styled ‘reform group’. that CAFCASS was undergoing the floor. To his credit, Hewson
NEW FNF OFFICERS
Trustee Election Results 2001
The number of votes cast by eligible members of Families
Need Fathers in the Annual Election of Trustees and
announced after independent verification at the FNF Annual
General Meeting on September 23, was as follows:
Karen Randall 455
Nigel Planer 441
Trevor Berry 434
Bob Rushworth 413 Matthew Jeremy
Ramon Faro 408 Stannard Thomas
Martin Crapper 407 FNF Secretary FNF Treasurer
Dr Michael J. Pelling 103 MATTHEW is taking over JEREMY is taking over the
Michael J. Cox 100 from James de la Mare, who duties of Bruce Wilson, who
has been instrumental in the had been FNF Treasurer since
Brian Robertson 71 running FNF for many years. August 1999.
Matthew lives in London and Jeremy has been a member
Stephen Fitzgerald 62 works as an IT Consultant at a of FNF for five years and
John Junk 62 major news agency. during this period he has
He has been a member of served as Vice-Treasurer and
Jeffrey Linnecar 57 FNF for two years, and is an then Treasurer of the Central
Bernard Greenwood 55 enthusiastic contributor to the London Branch. He has an
FNF internet forum. eight year-old daughter from
Trevor Berry, Martin Crapper, Ramon Faro, Nigel Planer, Matthew has a daughter his first marriage. Recently
Karen Randall and Bob Rushworth were the six candidates aged twelve and two sons remarried, he now also has a
duly elected to serve on FNF's National Council. aged seventeen and nineteen. four-month old son.
8 Remember, for every Gift Aid pound you donate
McKenzie 51 Winter 2001/2 Families Need Fathers
dealt frankly and generously
with the awkward questions
raised. He also made a number
of points which may have left
him open to potential challenge.
Not the least of these was over A new regular feature, documenting the work done by
complaints procedure. The FNF Trustees and FNF staff and volunteers.
CAFCASS Chairman invited
anyone who doubted that
progress would be made, to The Trustees while you will build answers to This could, for instance, include
questions very specific to your information about case law, or the
"...come back and see me in The new FNF Trustees are own situation. results of online surveys in table
October or November." Martin Crapper, Ramon Faro, One day we may collate, edit, and graph form that will be
Nigel Planer, Karen Randall filter postings (with permission, of updated automatically as more
Strategy Meeting and Bob Rushworth. course) and produce another book. people respond.
Karen and Bob had been temp- I feel another grant application There will also be much more
Following the AGM and the orarily co-opted earlier in the year coming on. It'll be a big job. But space available, so that we shall
National Council meeting, FNF by the National Council to fill incredibly useful. be able to put almost unlimited
organised a day-long Strategy vacant places left by the resign- We constantly stress that content on the site.
Meeting. This was held in ations of Steve Butler, Anson Allen opinions are individual and that The Lord Chancellor's Depart-
you must make your own ment is introducing a set of
London on Saturday October 27 and Tim Hibbett.
James de la Mare stood down as decisions in your own case, but I standards for Legal and Advice
and attended mainly by National
FNF Secretary after long service would certainly say the forum is a websites. We shall be making the
Council members. to FNF and everybody would like very helpful resource. changes necessary for the FNF
The aim was to discuss and to thank him for his years of The downside is that you can get website to conform to these
identify FNF's priorities for the dedicated work for FNF's causes. 25 e-mails a day. You can reduce standards.
immediate future and to prioritise Bruce Wilson resigned as that by either developing This is a big undertaking,
its longer-term objectives. Treasurer with effect from the favourites (some subjects you'll requiring modifications to every
Discussion inevitably centred AGM and has been replaced by delete), or, by subscribing to one page on the site.
on a range of topics. Membership Jeremy Thomas. forum and not the other. Conformance will give us the
and Funding came high on the Alternatively, you can get a daily equivalent of a British Standard,
agenda, as did the question of
training more people to give The Office digest and receive just one long e- with the benefits that these things
mail per forum each day, and skim bring, such as a higher profile and
expert help and advice. The next McKenzie will feature to the bits you're interested in. attracting more visitors to the site.
A lot of thought was given to a full report on the work of the I'd like more members to The ‘Just Ask’ website run by the
the position of FNF's local National Office in Curtain Road. subscribe, especially outside LCD already links to the FNF site.
branches and the ways in which London. It's the most immediate To ensure that it continues to do
they can best be developed.
FNF's range of publications
The Forum way of telling people what's going so we must make sure that we
on in FNF, especially those who conform to the new standards.
continues to be in great demand, The FNF e-mail Forum has now can't get to meetings. The Rough Guide to the Law is
and various strategies to improve been in operation for several We use it a lot for helping with being updated and enhanced.
and update them were con- years, writes Jim Parton, and media requests. If the forums do Every page is being reviewed and
become even more a victim of new pages are being written. The
sidered. At the same time it was after a shaky start, is in-
creasingly useful. their own success, then we'll sub- pages on Shared Residence and
recognised by many present that
We've divided it into two, and it divide them further, for example Scottish Law have recently been
FNF's public relations could be may soon have to be divided ‘fnf-PAS’ or ‘fnf-lawreports’, or completely rewritten.
further improved. further, a victim of its own success. ‘fnf-parentalresponsibility’, so The Court Welfare page will
One way of guaranteeing this ‘fnf-chat’ is just that. You may you'll be able to sign up for the shortly be updated to include
was to develop and expand have suggestions for the subjects that interest you. information on CAFCASS.
personal contacts with the media, management of FNF. One Best of all, they're free. Some local branches, for
both centrally and at local level. problem with e-mail is that it is example FNF's Bristol branch,
Further consideration will be very informal and you can be a bit have their own website. Not all
given to the various themes too blunt (or sharp) without really
which were put up for discussion. meaning it - I'm as guilty as The Website branches have the time and
resources to do this, so we would
anyone. But in the last few months A lot of work is currently being like to make space available on the
Contact especially, it has become a very done to the FNF Website which main site for local branch home
constructive forum for the it is hoped will improve it in pages, with details of meetings and
Four FNF representatives exchange of ideas. We alert each terms of the amount and quality events, local information, and
attended the ‘Making Contact other to trends in family policy, of material we can post and the even maps and photos.
Work’ conference on November media coverage, and so on. features that can be provided. If you send us the details, we will
20, (See: 'Protest Point', News Even more useful, perhaps, is The website is moving to a new do the rest.
Extra, page 3). ‘fnf-help’, like a virtual FNF Internet Provider, Claranet. This We need volunteers to help with
It proved to be an important meeting. Members ask advice on will transform the site from a set all these things, particularly people
questions which are sometimes of static web pages to a ‘proper’ with experience of web design
opportunity to lobby senior figures
very specific, sometimes more website with, for the technically skills such as Html, PHP, Java-
at the Lord Chancellor's Depart- general. Other members chip back minded, full CGI capability. script and mySQL.
ment, like Sir Nicholas Wall, and with answers, some tactical, some What this means is that we will If you have any of these skills,
reinforce FNF's position as stated technical, some emotional. be able to provide features that or even if you would just like to
in our written submission ‘Making You can build an archive of weren't possible before, such as help in some way, please ring Bob
Contact Work’ (See: McKenzie No ‘been-there, done-that, got-the- databases of information that can Rushworth on:
50, page 7). contact-order’ advice. After a be searched on the site. 020 8693 3432.
the Government gives FNF an additional 28p 9
McKenzie 51 Winter 2001/2 Families Need Fathers
First Person First
A London FNF member describes how he discovered the other side of
‘parental alienation’ once he had successfully fought to retain care and
custody of his two daughters.
T en months ago, back in
December 2000, I attended a
by me any longer. He would
have done absolutely nothing
should live with their father.
Instead, she opted for shared
The CWO and the judge
thought that, at this stage, the
London Branch Tuesday until it was too late. residence - but with a sting in children could only handle
meeting looking for advice. Good advice from FNF. From the tail: if we could not agree three hours contact with her
Earlier in the year, my partner then on I never looked back. about shared residence, then each week. They have been
of eighteen years and the my partner would get sole emotionally battered over the
mother to our two daughters,
then nine and eleven, had
M y residence order was
discharged when the parental
What an open invitation! Of
last year and need some respite.
informed me that she no longer
wanted me around.
responsibility order was made,
but because I knew that I was
course, my partner would make
sure we never agreed! The
Yet, despite allmy McKenzie
my efforts and
She had had an affair with a prepared to put my children CWO had as good as recom- friend, who is very aware of
former work colleague. I first, I decided to fight for them mended, contrary to all the parental alienation, my children
suspected that it was still going and take steps so that they evidence, that the mother be are quite hostile and very
on and he was lurking in the would be able to live with me given a residence order and unsympathetic to their mother.
wings ready to move in. I did not set out to, nor did I
I realised that our relationship purposely assist in this process.
1 “I knew that at some time
was over and, as an unmarried I believe that she brought it on
father, steeled myself for the
loss of my children and my
st sooner or later the girls would herself and over the months I
repeatedly warned her what
refuse to live with their mother any was happening.
home - we had been living in
our own four-bedroomed house
longer and would turn to cash-strapped Now, as a resident parent, I
for thirteen years. homeless me to look after them.” can see the other side of the coin
I explained the situation to the from many FNF members. I
children, and told them I would in the long term. I realised that remain in the family home. encourage, cajole and even
be leaving to go back and live if I failed, the likely outcome Perverse logic - she was to have bribe our daughters to see their
with my parents. I was resigned was that my partner would get the children during the week, mother. They don't like me for
to the fact that this is what the family home to house the even though she worked full it and cannot understand why I
would happen. children. I knew that at some time Monday to Friday. do. I agree to take them to
time, sooner or later, the girls McDonald's for the handover,
T hen I met Ian Mackay, who would refuse to live with their I
n the meantime, I'd been
I understand is often referred to mother any longer and would getting help with my statements
to lure them from the house for
their contact, because when
as ‘Mr McKenzie’. turn to cash-strapped, homeless and letters from another FNF their mother comes to our home
My partner had disappeared me to look after them. member in west London who they refuse to go with her.
after an argument, leaving the was dealing both with my
children, and a note saying she A s a London cabbie, my Children Act matters and the
would be back in a few days. It work pattern was flexible. I had issue of our joint property.
would very much like my
children to rebuild their
was Ian who suggested that I a good track-record of child He persuaded me to apply to relationship with their mother,
should make a residence care. For the last few years the the court requesting a supple- but I can't do it alone. She her-
application to the court. He girls' mother had worked full mentary welfare report dealing self is the stumbling block.
advised me I should ask for time and I had always looked with the wishes and feelings of I don't think it is healthy for
interim residence, so that I after them all through the the children - something the my elder daughter to say she
would get parental respon- school holidays. earlier CWO's report had hates her mother and I intend
sibility and be able to take full Our daughters knew that their strangely omitted to do. to fix up counselling for us as a
care of my children while their mother's focus was outside the The judge agreed and, soon family. But only so much can
mother was elsewhere. home. Gradually they grew to afterwards, my partner left to be done so quickly. And I can
Up to this point I'd had a trust her less and rely upon me stay elsewhere. see the other side of the coin
solicitor, because there were more and more. The Court Directly the supplementary from many of our members.
legal wrangles over the equity Welfare Officer (CWO) report was produced, my Now, with Christmas
in the house. However it was described the family relation- partner withdrew her residence approaching I'm waiting in our
Ian who persuaded me to go in ships accurately when she application and asked for home (hardly ever out earning
person immediately to the reported that the children contact instead. In September my living), the only home the
County Court. trusted me and looked to me for this year, a residence order was children have known, for the
I did, and came out with a comfort, whereas their mother made in my favour. outcome of the property
residence order, giving me was unable to relate to them and I didn't celebrate. In fact I was matter. Will we still have a
parental responsibility. My their hurt. Even so, she was left with a sour taste in my home? I could be certain of the
solicitor was not impressed. unable to take that final step and mouth, because to a large extent answer to that question if I were
Nor was he employed. Well, not recommend that the children my children have lost a mother. a mother.
Moving house in the near future? Don't forget to notify the FNF office of your new address
10 McKenzie 51 Winter 2001/2 Families Need Fathers
BETWEEN THE LINES:
How the big 'Domestic Violence' debate has grabbed the news headlines - yet again.
A senior judge has thrown
her hat into the ring in the
renewed debate about
Judge Pearlman's words were
picked up in the press and
provoked considerable discussion
Office discussion paper on the
subject, which has led to a
renewed campaign by women’s
amended urgently to provide
protection for children involved
in contact proceedings with a
domestic violence and the law on an Internet discussion forum at groups to highlight the issue. violent parent".
with a controversial call for ‘an www.thelawzone.co.uk - a site Already celebrity figures like
immediate custodial sentence’ which is aimed particularly at the Martine McCutcheon are getting But where do they get
for any man who hits a woman. legal profession. involved, while even Britain’s all these statistics from?
Her Honour Judge Valerie The factor which provoked most Methodist churches arranged The Consultation
Pearlman, who sits in the London criticism was Pearlman’s ‘plate-breaking’ stunts at Sunday Paper on Domestic Violence
court circuit - and once made advocacy of legislation aimed service on November 25, to and Contact, issued by the Lord
legal history by delivering her specifically at men, though the encourage publicity. Chancellor's Department in
judgement from her hospital bed idea is not new; we reported on The campaign is spearheaded by November 1999, admits that no
on a webcam via the Internet - moves in Canada to introduce a TV advert, taking its ‘One-In- reliable and uniform statistics are
outlined her views during a panel even stricter measures. Four’ title from the heavily- available from research sources.
discussion on domestic violence (See: 'Ontario Overkill', News disputed statistic that one woman Which begs the question: where
at the Annual General Meeting Extra, McKenzie No47, page 3). in four is a victim of male violence did they get this ‘One-in-Four’
of the Magistrates' Association in statistic from in the first place?
London on October 29. "...is this just one judge who Could it be the case that the
Judge Pearlman had taken the groups who purvey these kind of
place of Dame Elizabeth Butler- wants to shift the scales of shocking statistics have a more
Sloss on the panel at short notice. justice in women’s favour, or fundamental agenda than simply
is that bias already inherent helping women who are victims
The meeting heard in the system as a whole?"
of domestic abuse?
that one quarter of A Home Office study, carried
violent crime was out in 1999, estimated that there
domestic violence, but only one One contributor described at one time or another and the most were perhaps 1.87 million female
in three attacks resulting in injury Pearlman's viewpoint as "...yet prevalent form is violence against victims of domestic violence in
were reported. Research from the another example of gender bias in women in the home. England and Wales.
Home Office has suggested that our courts", but is this just one With some 50 million people in
victims are assaulted 35 times judge who wants to shift the scales W omen's Aid, the England and Wales, this would
before they seek help. of justice in women's favour, or is umbrella organisation make the real ratio of women who
Judge Pearlman said the time that bias already inherent in the for women’s refuges, suffer violence from their partner
had come for the courts to "stop system as a whole? carried out some research of its more like 1 in 12. But then, that
making excuses" for crimes of own at over one hundred refuges, figure wouldn't look so good on
domestic violence. She urged A fellow-magistrate, and concluded that contact orders the campaign literature.
greater use of video-link Richard Bristow, were being used by violent fathers The same Home Office study
evidence, so that witnesses could commented: "I often see in order to track down their ex- also estimated that around 1
be spared court appearances. cases of domestic assault and the partners and children. million men were victims of
Magistrates, she argued, should overwhelming majority (and of Women's Aid believes courts are domestic violence, but this is
be encouraged to impose wider course that’s only the ones that get continuing to promote parental something which fails to get
bail conditions to stop defendants to court) are man-on-woman. contact even where there is evid- similar media limelight. Veteran
interfering with their victims Over the years we have come ence of violence against children. feminist campaigner Erin Pizzey
before trial. They should also wearily to expect the inevitable A Women's Aid national made exactly this point in a
ensure that defendants were not withdrawal statement." children's officer stated recently Guardian interview (November
using contact orders with their We are hearing a lot about DV that her organisation believed: 26). "Domestic violence", she
children to intimidate the mother. in the aftermath of the Home "... the Children Act needs to be said, "can't be a gender issue."
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Buttie-booster, Czech-mate and a nasty pot-boiler
WHAT’S THE CONCERNED NECESSITY MAY BE the AN ABATTOIR IS probably not
parent to do for a ‘big breakfast’ mother of invention, but the first-choice place of
that gives the kids a headstart? desperation can be the daddy of employment on most people’s
Robotics-buff Professor Kevin many a rash move. wish-list. A grim job, but
Warwick at Reading University - Imagine the situation: you're somebody has to do it, as they say.
known to his detractors as ‘Captain jobless, hungry and get into bad And perhaps some special
This mate of mine gets a Cyborg’ - believes he has a novel company. Then the child-support screening could be used, to judge
letter in the post the other way to improve your child's IQ: a sleuths catch up with you for non- from a recent murder trial sensation
day, says he owes fifty-five daily bacon-buttie. payment of maintenance. in Australia, which adds a
grand for a kid he’d never For his recent research, Robo-Prof What to do? Ladislav Kubik particularly chilling dimension to
even been told he had... Warwick selected fifty children thought he had the answer. He the problem of domestic violence.
between the ages of 8 and 11 and would leave his native Prague and Katherine Knight, a 44-year old
AND THAT MADE ME gave them a particular breakfast for go to Afghanistan to fight for the mother of four from Sydney who
a month: ten had egg on toast, ten Northern Alliance forces against the worked as an abattoir butcher, was
...not just for his sake, but
cornflakes, ten toast and orange-
juice, ten had what they usually
chose... and ten tucked into a
fundamentalist Taleban régime.
Which might have been a working
solution, but for the dazzling world
jailed for life on November 8.
She had admitted slaughtering her
lover of six years, John Price, after
regulation bacon sandwich. media spotlight which was suddenly he tried to end their relationship.
for the kid, too. "We believe," said Robo-Prof, turned on the Northern Alliance in Knight confessed to police that she
Seems like, when he was "that this is the first scientific test the aftermath of September 11. had come back to the home they
only fifteen, him and some on which breakfast food boosts There on the Czech TV channel shared and found Price unconscious
mates bunked off school intelligence." Nova's evening news was frontline from a probable drug overdose.
and went round a woman’s All the children were given a series footage showing a soldier bearing Using all her skill and experience
place they knew for a of word association, number and an uncanny resemblance to Kubik. she killed him, skinned him and
smoke and a drink. She’s shape recognition tests at the start His father spotted him and alerted removed his head. She then boiled
thirty, mind, and on her of the experiment, halfway through the police in the Czech capital, who the severed head and other choice
the month and again at the end. The want to question Kubik for theft and body parts with a few added
own. She ends up getting results appeared to show that toast not paying his child support. vegetables and tried to serve the
him into bed and they have and OJ was the best starter for The police are now trying to prove concoction to Price's family.
it off. First time he's ever improved performance, but ‘Triple a positive match. But the story won’t Price’s 27-year old daughter
done it, too. I mean, he B’ bacon-buttie-boost is better than end there: the Afghan authorities Rosemary confirmed after the trial
didn't object or nothing. any multi-vitamin supplement. don't co-operate with Interpol, and that her father had applied to the
They don't see each other "The protein in something like there are no extradition treaties courts for an aggravated violence
again, hardly. Next thing he bacon," Robo-Prof observed, between Prague and Kabul. order against his lover because he
knows, she's marrying "combined with vitamins in fruit And a final twist. If it turns out that was afraid of what she might do.
some geezer. She's juice, provides good mental Kubik has been soldiering for At least Knight's guilty plea at
pregnant and he assumes stimulation for children." fortune with the Northern Alliance, court saved the jury from hearing
the baby's this other So there you are: grab them by the he could face between three to eight the full gory details, but the police
bloke's. And she never lets taste-buds with a bacon-buttie and years in prison back home for officers who originally discovered
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● MEDIA MONITOR ● THE
SOMETIMES THE BEST
publicity comes unsolicited. A
big vote of thanks, then, to Sir
Freely launched a serious
offensive with her piece: 'When
will certainly be hearing far too
much in the next few months
Bob Geldof, for talking up FNF Can I See My Children?' in the about one particular single-
to an audience of millions on Times (September 17). mother-to-be from Basingstoke.
"It is a very sad statistic.
BBC-1's Parkinson chat show. She accused the legal system, The name? Liz Hurley. You
In a frank discussion of his battle which makes contact arrange- didn't read it here first. But now, more than fifty
for custody of his four children by ments, of being "...deeply flawed Right now nobody knows who per cent of young men
Paula Yates, and his later decision and urgently in need of reform". the baby's father is. Prime suspect who are just marrying at
to adopt their little orphaned half- She also announced that she had is California-based Steve Bing, this time, will not
sister, Tiger Lily, the hairy knight- helped set up an organisation heir to a multi-billion dollar real- actually manage to
errant had to this to say: "What called ‘Families After Marriage’, estate fortune. Bing insists on a
happens to men in this situation contactable at: FAM@aol.com DNA paternity test before he will bring their children up
isn't right. The law is generally take full parental responsibilities. to maturity. "
predicated against them. If you areSUE SUMMERS, Freely's Meanwhile Hurley's ex-partner, Ann Widdecombe,
alert you can watch them on Observer colleague, went one film star Hugh Grant, has been MP
Sundays in parks... There's an better with an excellent article: 'It's providing constant moral support.
organisation called Families Need Never Father's Day' (October 21). Front-runner for the best piece of "I have come to regard
Fathers which tries to take care "Most divorced fathers want to columnist-drivel on Hurley's the law courts not as a
of Dads like that." see their children," wrote ‘uninteresting’ condition is Gil (just cathedral but rather as
Summers, "so why does society written my first ‘novel’) McNeil in a casino."
BBC TV'S COUSIN, Radio 4, make it so difficult for this simplest London's Evening Standard Richard Ingrams,
raised hackles and instant riposte of things to happen?" (November 14): "If someone as Journalist
when the weekly Marcel Berlins successful and sorted as Liz can
programme Law In Action end up going solo, it gives hope to
(October 26) tackled Parental IMPORTANT us all." Don't count on it, pal.
"The person who
Responsibility agreements. Would FNF members who
Curiously, the producers chose MEANTIME, our old friend Crown Prosecution
wish to deal direct with the Service announcement
only female guests, including media on behalf of the Malcolm Mathers III - rapster
Rosemary Carter (See: 'From the charity please complete our Eminem - has agreed a divorce on domestic violence
Chair' , page 2 ). And, oddly confidential questionnaire. settlement with his ex-wife Kim. was not Cherie Blair. It
enough, they all opposed the idea It is available from Trevor He will pay £700 a week child was Cherie Booth, QC.
of PR. After vociferous protests Berry (0208 295 1956) or support to her for their five-year
So that's all right, then."
the Beeb ran a better-balanced from FNF National Office. old daughter and the couple will
item the following week. share custody of the little one. Daily Mail
OVERHYPED TV presenter VENERABLE SATIRICAL ARRANGEMENTS are not so
organ Private Eye discovered "[Dating] is different for
Anne Robinson is still reliving the advanced for the Sean Combs - the
ignominious occasion when a there were murky waters at the artist once known as ‘Puff Daddy’, me, because I’ve got
judge told her: "Good-bye - you newly-established CAFCASS in who now favours the hugely ‘jackpot’ stamped on
are the weakest link", as she two pieces during October. preferable monicker ‘P-Diddy’. my forehead."
battled ex-hubbie Charlie Wilson £7 million overbudget, the Eye Diddy-daddy Combs failed to Bruce Willis, Actor
unsuccessfully for custody of their alleged, dogged by industrial show up at the Manhattan Family
daughter Emma back in the 1970s. disputes, facing wrangles with the Court late last month to finalise "It has never been
Robinson recalled her sad saga guardians-ad-litem and former financial settlements with former expected that officers
of alcoholism and thwarted court welfare officers (CWOs), girl-friend Kim Porter, mother of transferring to welfare
motherhood in her overblown reported to the Health & Safety their three-year old son Christian.
autobiography serialised in the Executive by the probation Looks like Combs will stump up from probation would
Daily Telegraph in early October. officers’ organisation NAPO, around $2 million over the next have any special skills
CAFCASS risked failing in its fourteen years in child support, but in working with children
MEANWHILE, OLIVER wider long-term goals. the judge warned he could be and families."
Cyriax, scourge of the Family Former CAFCASS operations arrested if he didn't show up in Alan Sealey,
Court system and CAFCASS, director Joe Kuiper featured for person for the next hearing. Former senior Family Court
featured in a sympathetic Daily walking out of his job after three Welfare Officer
Telegraph article (October 15). months - and with an alleged pay- AND FINALLY... rock-star
Never short of an apt phrase, off of £175,000 - enough, the Eye Lenny - "permanently high for "The best way of dealing
Oliver claimed that Court boomed "to pay the combined twenty years" - Kravitz, promises with domestic violence
Welfare Officers "get no more annual salaries of seven much- to go straight for the sake of his is an immediate
training than traffic wardens." needed children’s guardians". twelve-year old daughter, Zoë.
custodial sentence. It
may have an impact on
FURTHER EDUCATION the family, but it seems
to me that this is the
"Of course if you're a man [as a single only way to bring home
Send a quote to
parent] then that's different: you're struggling to the offenders what
McKenzie and give
us a laugh - we need against tragic circumstances, and people will they have done."
one after this offer to make you casseroles." Judge Valerie Pearlman
Gil McNeil, London Evening Standard November 14 2001
McKenzie 51 Winter 2001/2 Families Need Fathers
BOOK REVIEW McKenzie
Where is My Son?
Letters for publication in McKenzie should be addressed to:
Chalwar Publishing First Thing Publications FNF Editor, 134 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AR
(e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org )
ISBN 0-9537728-0-2 ISBN 0-9532208-0-X
THIS BOOK could well be ENTER TERENCE Frisby, stage Paul Bateman Lynne Bowers
described as a dismally- left. Successful, well-off and Goole Hereford
recognisable everyday story of certainly well known as the
modern menfolk. author of a smash-hit 1960's stage First, thanks to FNF for the Thank you for allowing me the
As the author puts it: "This is a play There's A Girl In My Soup'. excellent work you do, and to privilege of attending the 'My
true story. Names and places and Not only did the play become an 'McKenzie' - it is one of the few Dad, My Protector?' conference,
people have been changed". So, a award-winning film, starring Peter positive things that have happened jointly presented by the NSPCC
thinly disguised autobiography Sellers and Goldie Hawn, but to me over the last twelve months. and Fathers Direct in London on
written almost as a novel. Frisby has penned many a I moved out of the family home September 1.
‘Owen Sheridan’, peripatetic successful play and TV comedy in January this year and my I wish every member of FNF
construction worker from an Irish series since those heady days. divorce proceedings against my could have been there to hear
background, settles in London and In his time he has been actor, wife finally came to an end in repeated over and over again the
marries an Irish solicitor. director and producer - and he has June. When I left home it was importance of fathers -
What follows is a personal tale also been married... quite amicable, with my then wife including, and especially, those
of self-discovery that takes him Which is the reason for his book promising the earth over contact apart - to their children.
through problems in the marriage, Outrageous Fortune . Because with our son, aged four. Speakers included professors in
fatherhood, separation, the legal when his seven-year long marriage Within a week of moving out I psychology and social sciences -
system and family courts and foundered, Frisby gradually had nothing but trouble over well-respected academics with
finally, a life apart from his son. became involved in an epic contact. Numerous solicitors' scientific and statistical data to
Set partly in London and Ireland, fourteen-year long litigation battle. letters, private discussion and support their findings.
it resembles a Celtic oral history - It led to divorce but it mired him family mediation - all were a very Fathers spoke with passion and
with characters, incident, anec- deeper and deeper in a bungling short-term solution. My ex-wife humility about their personal
dotes, aphorisms and even a little and dishonest legal system which stopped and started contact experiences. The need for
piece of music included. seemed determined to bankrupt whenever it pleased her. Up to me change in cultural policies and
But what comes through most of him and crush him. As he writes: leaving, I had an extremely good the practice of all agencies was
all is an initial incomprehension, "...unnecessary pain can be relationship with our son, who acknowledged.
followed by a powerful sense of inflicted in many ways. This is the was virtually brought up by me. Every one recognised that the
anger, pain and disbelief at the well-heeled version of the My only option now is to go to present systems exclude and dis-
injustices which occur in his life. malfunction of British Justice." the family court for contact and empower fathers to the detriment
Not least over the issue of In despair and frustration he residency orders. of children. Furthermore, there
domestic violence and the many became a litigant-in-person, and Why is it that fathers who adore is a significant need for training
ways it can be misused and this is his story. But it is one which their children, make every effort to and support of professionals
misinterpreted under the law. is also written for his now grown- see them, supply them with what- involved in decisions relating to
He particularly resents the way up son (and successful stand-up ever they need, pay maintenance children. Indeed, no one pro-
in which he has been forcibly comic) Dominic. voluntarily and make the same fessional can possibly have the
estranged from the son he clearly Read Terence's story. It's too mistake I made by thinking their range of skills necessary to make
loves very much. painful to be constantly amusing, ex-wife would do the right thing, an accurate assessment of the
"I had been led by the nose," he but those familiar with the legal end up getting kicked in the teeth? needs of children.
writes, "into the grim world of profession, particularly divorce Why and how do mothers get Fathers have traditionally held
dispossessed dads - and by the very lawyers, will give a wry laugh. away with such actions? Doesn't dual roles - one as financial
lawyers who were supposed to be Especially at the wonderful cast of it all come down to what’s best for provider and one as emotional
fighting for me." legal characters included at the end. the children? provider. If a father apart is
Sheridan is no Everyman and So how, I wonder, can such unable to provide financial or
certainly doesn't make any claim FNF MEMBERS: situations be allowed to continue emotional support there are
to be. But many fathers facing Save over £7 on a hardback and why are fathers always the major implications for the man
marital difficulties could read copy of Terence Frisby's under-dogs?... himself and his children.
this account and share a strong 'Outrageous Fortune'. P.S. Anybody in the Goole-Selby Fathers are prevented from
sense of familiarity, recognition area interested in meeting up or providing emotional support
and sympathy. See advert on Back Page starting a local branch of FNF? where shared parenting is
absent. Fathers are prevented
from providing financial support
when they are impoverished by
inappropriate settlements and
Grandparents wanted for a BBC documentary series In situations where geo-
Are you involved in the everyday lives of your grandchildren or do you graphical distance is created
between the children and their
feel that you don’t see enough of each other? Do you disagree with the father, financial difficulty
way your grandchildren are being brought up? Do you find being a reduces contact - that is,
emotional support - yet further.
grandparent a challenge? Don't forget to check
If you are interested and want to take part in this series, out the FNF website,
call: 0117 974 7654 www.fnf.org.uk, and
you can e-mail letters
McKenzie 51 Winter 2001/2 Families Need Fathers
The increasing number of
Child Protection referrals was FNF TELEPHONE CONTACTS
mentioned - very few are legit-
imate and fathers are not the
major culprits. Practice in the FNF contacts are all volunteers. Callers must assess the value of any comments made or of
management of alleged per- information given themselves. Neither FNF contacts nor Families Need Fathers can
petrations was condemned as accept any liability.
very poor. Most referrals seem
to be complaints about child-
rearing practices. Area Town Contact E-mail Address Phone No.
No forum presently exists to London Bob Rushworth
address the latter.
The evidence in favour of real John Shirley
paternal parenting is too great Jeff Sturrock
to be ignored any longer. For Avon Anson Allen
me, the day validated twenty
years' campaigning. Such pro- Paul King
gress would not have been pos- Cheshire Birkenhead Peter Zacharias
sible without the work of FNF
and its volunteers. These find- Ellesmere Port Derek Huxley
ings offer tremendous hope to Cumbria Dalton David Carpenter
fathers apart from their children. Kendal Andrew Poole
I just wonder how fathers to
date, and their children, can ever Devon Plymouth Colin White
be compensated for the past. Dorset Bridport Leon Edwards
Hereford Hereford Nick Sherwood
Bob Skailes Herts Stevenage Stuart Young
Bonn, Germany Ware Ian Mackay
I was surprised to read Alan Lancs Accrington Ian Heywood
Bunce’s letter in 'McKenzie' a Wigan Stuart Convery
couple of issues back. Surely Lincs Grimsby Ian Pearson
journalists these days use
websites, rather than relying on Northants Northampton Gerard McAuley
press handouts? I doubt that Notts Nottingham Jon Ruben
FNF funds stretch to mailing Somerset Bridgwater Keith Scarles
handouts to newspapers.
And surely another problem is Taunton John Scarborough
that the fathers concerned are Weston-S-Mare Kelvin Fraser
aware that publicity will almost
certainly be counter-productive Suffolk Newmarket Anthony Esler
for themselves and probably Surrey Reigate Mark Thomas
also for their children, Walton on Thames Steve Collins
hardening the attitudes of their
ex-partner, the court and CSA? Sussex Brighton Colin Bennett
Anonymity is essential, so W.Midlands Birmingham Helpline
perhaps the answer is an FNF Wilts Chippenham David Swettenham
page (an on-line version of
some of the harrowing stories Devizes Mark Smith
which appear in 'McKenzie') Yorks Barnsley Phil Davies
devoted to such stories, for
access by journalists, or to Leeds Penny Ewens
e-mail such stories to the local Leeds Allan Dawkins
papers likely to be interested. York Chris Jameson
We can all remember cases
where names and pictures have Wales Brecon Alan Phillips
got into the papers, drawing Cardiff Matthew Mudge
forth the full vindictiveness of Scotland Aberdeen Jake Williams
the courts. Perhaps Alan can
advise Curtain Road how to set Dundee Verity Gwyther
about this sort of thing, as the Edinburgh George Dosoo
small staff there seems to Robert Ray
achieve a lot in bigger arenas Glasgow
than the local papers. N. Ireland Belfast Andrew Storrar
Letters may be edited for space or Channel Is. St. Helier Peter Blampied
FAMILIES NEED FATHERS France Libaros Peter Morey-Weale
BRANCH MEETINGS S Africa Cape Town Ian Bell
EVERY TUESDAY AT 8.00 PM Thailand & Far East Dave Covey
THE KING’S ARMS, Last updated - November 2001
NORTHINGTON STREET, Please notify any inaccuracies to FNF Office. Any volunteers who have the necessary experience and qualities contact: Juliette Freedman on 0207 613 5060
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