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I read this memoir by David Jordan and I must admit I was appalled at the way Social Services had treated David’s family. The problems began following an innocent initial inquiry to Social Services by a relative, concerned that David’s partner Martha and their baby Sally were living in unsuitable housing next door to an aggressive mentally ill man. Instead of finding them a suitable flat, two social workers forcibly removed Sally from Martha as she was pushing her along the street in her pram and placed her with foster parents. After Sally was taken away, Martha then began to suffer with mental health problems.
This is David’s very detailed and documented account of what followed next, in his efforts to claim back Sally and have her removed from the ‘At Risk’ register. He was to discover that social workers fabricated and falsified evidence in order to prevent Sally returning home, and that they were in fact a law unto themselves (social workers cannot be sued due to a ruling by the House of Lords). They also tried to have David and Martha’s younger two children taken away and put into care.
David fought the system for many years, trying to glean new information from the police, from Sally’s teachers and foster parents, and from the corrupted ‘Mega Pig’ file (Social Services’ name for the Jordan family’s file) in order to get his eldest daughter returned home to the damaged family unit. I can only applaud his efforts.
This is a book that has been well edited and is easy to read. It is compelling and a definite page turner. I recommend it most highly.
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