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Real Journalism Rewarded

Times writer Camilla Cavendish grabs Paul Foot award for journalism | - Times Online
Ms Cavendish’s campaign, featured in The Times, called for a series of changes in the processes by which children are removed from their families. It called for less secrecy in family courts and greater accountability for the social workers who make those decisions.

Last night she said: “What is so overwhelming is the response to this campaign, people feel desperately alone because very quickly they are thrown into the world of the courts and they are not allowed to talk to anyone apart from their MP.”

In one of a series of articles in the newspaper earlier this year, she wrote: “We believe that the Children Act has unintentionally handed enormous power to local authorities and experts, which some are using arbitrarily. And that secrecy keeps injustices from public view.”

A worthy winner - the sheer horrifying injustice she uncovered and the bleating defences of it were shocking. Now let's hope the wrongs are righted as much as they can be.

Comments

While I think Ms Cavendish is entirelycorrect in her general thesis I do have a problem with one sentence in her statement:

“We believe that the Children Act has unintentionally handed enormous power to local authorities and experts"

What makes her think the deed was unintentional and where did she get the idea these people are "experts"?

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