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Amandeep Gill's Analysis: Family law reform required

Date:8 JUN 2010

Amandeep GillReading through the press two recent headlines immediately grabbed my attention. The first reported that Tamara Dyson had snatched her 4 year old twins from a contact centre. After a nationwide hunt the children were found safe and well. 

The second headline reported the tragic deaths of Rebecca Smith aged 5 and her 11 month old brother Daniel. Fearing that the children would be removed from her care both children were allegedly smothered by their mother Lianne. Their father Martin Smith had recently been extradited from Spain to the UK to face child sex charges.  In a letter Mrs Smith lay the blame for her children's deaths squarely at the door of Staffordshire Social Services referring to an alleged policy of forced adoptions.  

Both cases highlight the alarming trend of parents taking the law into their own hands when faced with the prospect real or imagined of their children being removed from their care. It was...

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