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Gagging Orders in The UK Family Courts - Who’s Protecting Who? Jack Straw to Shut all Families Up

16th Feb 2009 | in Legal, Justice & Court

In the light of so many stories being sent to no2abuse regarding the Social Services who’s failures are protected by the misuse of family courts I feel the time has come to speak out against these orders where there is a case of injustice. Even more frightening is Jack Straws new announcement

But as of April, because of a change in legislation being introduced by Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, the media will no longer be able to identify those involved in cases such as the Websters. It will also be illegal for any children currently in care to speak out, even if they feel they are being maltreated.

It is not in any child’s interest to use such gagging orders which are being used but not to protect the child but to protect the system that has failed the child and their families. 

In the latest case where Ian, Sarah and Crystal Waltons only hope was to tell their story to a UK newspaper this is just the beggining of many more stories to come.

Any parent who is seen to ignore the gagging order is threatened with imprisonment or sent to prison but many parents are now prepared to go that far because many have lost their children and have nothing else left to lose.

This is the failing family courts and social services system that is happy not only to wreck the lives of innocent children but to also ruin the lives of the families in order to keep their own failings out of the public domain. This is a miscarriage of justice.

The adoption rules must be changed and the ability for social services to be challenged without the misuse of the system to put the fear of God into parents who have been wrongly accused and lost their children by social services and court blunders.


(Above Images) A typical Gagging Order use by Family Courts

I applaud John Hemmings MP, Justice for Families, Faccit and many others who are fighting for the children and families who have suffered these injustices that not only wreck family life but sadly cause long term damage to the children caught up in those serious failures.

Gagging orders are considered reasonable when it comes to cases like Baby P and his siblings who clearly needed to be protected but when the courts misuse the system to shut parents up when injustices have occured this is an unacceptable practice.

I along with others will be publishing stories where injustices have occured and seen families gagged in order to prevent them telling their story so the public can not see those failures.



  • On 18th Feb 2009 at 08:50 PM not a MP said...

    We could start here, they cant stop this yet !

    if enough are made public, it wouldn’t go in their favour with the press and they might wake up, but we will have to be quick

  • On 18th Feb 2009 at 09:13 PM Natasha said...

    This is a wonderful article; it is very worrying to think that children in care will no longer have the ability to speak out in this way, not only because Freedom of Speech needs to be preserved in a democracy but also because the internal complaints procedures for children in care are so poor and so poorly advertised.

    I don’t think Jack Straw realises the full extent of this policy; and if he does, then he is guilty of whatever future crimes come to pass to children in care.

  • On 20th Feb 2009 at 10:19 PM not a MP said...

    Clearly, this is about covering the backs of SS 7 family courts and MP’s who all know what is happening to families ,bur choose to ignore it.

    they dont care who it affects as long as it is not them - how many MP’s children or families have been destroyed - NONE

    I dont believe Jack Straw will allow the secret courts to be opened up because of the public outrage that will occur

  • On 21st Feb 2009 at 03:38 AM Jonathan Yates said...

    Why are kids in care treat so bad and bully around? I was care person I was accuse of all sorts and push around. So that means when kids in care do speak up we get done for it so there can allowed corrupt people to carry on abuse us. If this happen things are going get nasty social workers will be hurt and It going get to point where there take hands into a there own hands.

    The goverment is getting worst by the day and what chance has kid in care noting just no friends, nobody and not suprise there are jeasley and hateful of some people who have family and lots of friends.

    I had phone the police because people whore harresment and I was called paranoid I said them if you do not do anything i will.

    One thing I hate this people who never been in care and rub in our faces.

  • On 24th Feb 2009 at 11:03 AM bernadette cook said...

    hi nothing changes i was in foster care years ago and had no voice i wish i had because then all the terriable things that happened to me might have been prevented and i would have been safe and cared for the way children should be children have the right to be protected not silenced! those at the top should listen to the children not gag them its a crime against the children what about their rights? i never had any and that was 50 years ago time for a forward move before more children are at risk by being silent >

  • On 25th Feb 2009 at 12:24 PM Barbara said...

    What Jack Straw is doing is not only downright wicked, it is also illegal.

    The Pharassees tried to pul the same kind of gagging stunt, in Jesus’s time. Jesus told them that if the people were gagged, the stones would shout out!

    Jack Straw is a very wicked man, by his oppression of the most vunerable members of society, the children, he is basically taking Almighty God on in a fight.

    It is fairly obvious who is going to win this punch up!

    Don’t let this nonsense get you down. Stand your ground in these ILLEGAL court cases. I’ll say that again, just so that everyone gets the message loud and clear - THE SECRET FAMILY COURTS ARE ILLEGAL!

    Do not lose any more sleep worrying over this, and make sure that you challenge these scamsters in court if they dare to pursue you. There is no need for anyone to ever lose one of these ILLEGAL SECRET FAMILY COURT cases ever again!

    As for Jack Straw, well, he is is BIG trouble, and not just over this issue. I cannot see that man sitting scratching his nose and licking his lips sat next to the Prime Minister for too much longer. Before long, there is going to be one almighty great uproar in Parliament, you can see it brewing! The thing is, this idiotic and corrupt government have made a fatal error of judgement - they have upset the military, and that is NOT a good idea for dictatorship and unconstitutional governments. Not a good idea at all.

    The Lord will deal with these bad men. Sit back and watch the fun!

  • On 1st Mar 2009 at 07:05 AM mary docherty said...

    Dear Barbara,I wish I had your faith in justice.I was gagged on the 4th august 08,to me,that only means that I hit a raw nerve.

  • On 2nd Mar 2009 at 10:59 AM bernadette cook said...

    ireland placed a gagging order re there abuse cases 2 years in prison or a 25,000 fine now most of us survivors have already done our time in there hell holes i for 1 wont be gagged why ? for telling the truth ?
    and i will if there is nothing to hide then there is no need to gag anyone unless they have more to hide it makes me really mad that these innocent children have no voice i have nothing to hide so i will speak out we need to protect todays children in and out of care .

  • On 3rd Mar 2009 at 09:05 AM Barbara said...

    I was put into a hell hole as a child, 40 years ago, put into a children’s prison.

    My crime?

    I was a VICTIM of child abuse!

    I had tried to run away from the abuse.

    So Social Services dealt strongly with me - by putting me into a children’s prison!

    So I have already been through this, and I am not frightened of these criminals any more, because I am a Christian and Jesus will look after me.

    Jack Straw is a very wicked man. There are other wicked people involved in this, of course, but I am going to concentrate on Jack Straw, because I have personally written to Jack Straw and am thoroughly disgusted by the replies I have recieved from him.

    I have pleaded with Jack Straw to simply do the job that he is paid to do, as a minister of justice, and his response is similar to the Phaeros response to Moses, when Moses asked for the children of God to be released from bondage. Jack Straw has responded by tightening up the thumbscrews.

    So I am now praying for God to show Jack Straw that He is God, so that Jack Straw realises that in oppressing little children with wicked gagging orders finally realises that these little children do have a powerful friend in Jesus who will fight their corner. As the Bible says, James 4:

    God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”


    “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”

    So I am not at all afraid of these wicked new laws, and I hope that other people will feel the peace that I feel about this issue. I am asking God to teach Jack Straw that it is wicked to acquit the guilty and condemn the innocent, and I hope other people will join me in these prayers. Jack Straw is like a tiny little ant, no, not even that, he is like a microscopic speck of dust, so puffed up in pride and arrogance that he has forgotten that the little children are the ones that God told the people to be especially careful not to hurt.

    If Jack Straw chooses to continue to fight with Jesus Christ then I do not doubt who will win.

  • On 9th Mar 2009 at 08:10 PM The Almighty said...

    Barbara, go read Exodus 22.22.

  • On 11th Mar 2009 at 09:34 AM Barbara said...


    “Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do, and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry”

    Exodus 22 v 22

    Also Exodus 23 v 6

    “Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty”


    Well, the Church has joined in in the persecution and hounding to death of many many innocent and honest people in this country. So many people have been sexually abused in this country and they have actually been hounded and persecuted (to avoid paying compensation claims and to protect the bad eggs at the top who were responsible) and many are dead now.

    But we’re not dead - we survived, and there’s a reason we survived.

    We’ve all been unlawfully maliciously vindictivly persecuted as far as I can make out - all of us who were institutionally abused anyway. The state is quick to prosecute parents or family members who abuse their own, but the state always tries to hide institutional abuse, there’s two rules on how to deal with child abuse, depending on who was the abuser!

    Well, that’s not good enough. There should be one law to apply universally. You can’t have people who are above the law, just because they went to a classy school, or have more brass than most people. That’s not fair and it isn’t justice at all!

    I’ve posted those letters and I’m not writing any more letters to the MOJ, instead I am praying, as I said I would. I can’t do anything to make these people stop being so wicked, none of us can, but God can and will deal with all of this. I don’t now exactly what God is going to do, but I know something amazing is about to happen, I can feel it so strongly, like the springtime coming, like waking up. I probably sound mad, but other people are saying the same thing, and feeling a real surge of hope inside them. I never wanted “my own back” you see - you can’t ask for that, because the only way to have “your own back” is for mass slaughter, as so many people have died, suicide, drink, drugs ect - they were driven over the edge by the corruption. It’s like stopping a runaway train, the wickedness is a cycle of abuse, but the driving force is fear. People are frightened. The ones who are abusing are frightened as well - they KNOW they’ve done wrong and they know they deserve contempt and punishment. That’s why I keep making videos to encourage corrupt social workers to turn round, and blow the whistle. One who persecuted me has realised what she did was wrong, and she was off work for three months, she realised what she had done. They do these things because it’s the system, and they have to pay their mortgages ect, they are frightened to blow the whistle. Everyone is living under a dark cloud, but the dark cloud is going to be gone soon and then people will be able to see plainly and clearly what has happened.

  • On 11th Mar 2009 at 06:58 PM Teresa said...

    The gagging orders are clearly designed to protect social services such as Neath Port Social Services in the Bonny/ie case who are protecting themselves and not the child who is now an adult and her situation as alledgedly tied to SS at 22 is one of a very very serious concern.

    Why is a now grown woman being stripped of her voice and why are the family being stripped of their voice? Because the SS dont want YOU, the world to know what they have done wrong because its so shocking its like something out of a far fetched movie but of course Neath Port SS do not deny it and they then rush off and get a gagging order because they think it will protect them.

    Neath Port need to be questioned publicly by everyone because that gagging order they threw at me changes nothing other than the document is not on my site but because the cat is out of the bag and long before I knew about it, its not a case of if…. its now a case of when and all those involved in that situation are going to find there is no skeleton in any closet that wont come out one day and it will be in those involved lifetime. The law of averages prove that from many cases of serious historic failures and abuse and no matter how hard a SS and all those involved try and cover something up, gag the families, friends and websites it ALWAYS comes out in the end. 

    All hitlers henchmen thought they were exempt too but it came and bit them on the bum when they least expected it grin

  • On 12th Mar 2009 at 10:43 AM Barbara said...

    COUNCIL chiefs are staying tight- lipped over shocking allegations into the way a child custody case was handled.

    One of the authority’s own councillors has also voiced concern about the case and said it was now up to the council to “rubbish” the claims.

    The claims were made on a British National Party website but have now been taken off after legal action brought by Neath Port Talbot Council.

    It was claimed the girl was “kidnapped” by police and social workers while in hospital abroad, with her grandfather threatened at gunpoint.

    She was then said to have been flown back to Britain using a false passport.
    Click here!

    It was also claimed the youngster was diagnosed with a medical condition while overseas after doctors in this country ruled there was nothing wrong with her.

    The authority took out an injunction at the High Court of Justice. It says that, for legal reasons, it can make no comment. Under the terms of the injunction, no information can be published identifying the child. At the time of the alleged incidents, she was 12.

    The BNP website described her as “a lonely little girl” whose life had been turned upside down for reasons that she could not understand.

    It continued: “This is a clear case of kidnapping.”

    It claims doctors in Britain said there was nothing wrong with her, but when she was taken abroad doctors found she had a serious medical condition.

    One supporter posted a comment alleging that a false passport was obtained to snatch the child from the foreign hospital, alleging no care order or order of extradition was ever in place.

    Another added: “This child was taken by police and social workers from a hospital bed.”

    The claims and subsequent comments have been removed from the website.

    In their place is a message from site editor, retired police officer Michael Green, of Tycroes, Ammanford.

    It states: “We have been silenced and are not even allowed to talk about it any more.”

    Coedffranc North councillor Keith Davies said: “I am not happy with the way the case has been handled.

    “There is a lot of truth and substance to some of the allegations that have circulated.

    “It is now for the council to address those allegations and rubbish them.”


    This is inexcusable. When children are being kidnapped by PUBLIC SERVANTS PAID BY THE TAXPAYER, and their grandparents are being terrorised by having guns pointed at them, you have to question what the ruddy heck is going on in this country.

    It’s obvious that the secrecy of the secret family courts is NOT to protect children at all, but to try to cover up institutional abuse!

    Well, it hasn’t worked. It’s in the public domain now, and all the people who tried to cover this massive scandal up over the years will be brought to justice.

    I’ve just been reading a report called MISDIRECTION OF SOCIAL POLICY, I hope you will all have a jolly good look at this document, and also pass it on to as many other people as possible. I’ve written to some of the people mentioned in this report, and it’s re-assuring to see that there are some politicians and Lords who do care about justice and have been trying to do something about this scandalous state of affairs.….aw Reform.pdf

  • On 13th Mar 2009 at 05:18 AM mary said...

    That webpage has “expired”? I would love to read the report.Can anyone advise me how I can get hold of it.I would like to see Tony Blair infront of the international court for crimes against humanity in the Hague.

  • On 13th Mar 2009 at 07:23 PM Barbara said...

    It’s a good job I copied and saved it!

    Someone obviously does not want it to be read!

    I am short of time, I’ll post it here later, but in the meantime I posted it on the Mothers for Justice site.

  • On 19th Apr 2009 at 06:09 AM ian josephs said...

    The children’s “privacy” must be protected so gag them if they dare to protest against being physically or sexually abused in care !
    Jack Straw seems to think that if children have been abused it is in their “best interests” to grin and bear it and on no account to protest no matter how crual and disgusting the things that were done to them !

  • On 20th Apr 2009 at 06:35 AM Carol Docherty said...

    I’am Mary Dochertys sister, I was there when the SS took our children.My sisters barrister went to a judge holman and pleaded for more time,which, was granted till december 19th till 3pm in the afternoon.He then tried to get an extention of the stay but, he failed. The SS a Ms. Hyacinthe Fabiola phoned my sister at 1130 am that day and told her she would come and take the kids at 11 am on the 20th of december.However at exactly 3pm on the 19th december 2006 the SS stood at the door with two police officers demanding the children.This caused a lot of distress to our children and we couldnt settle them down they was dragged screaming and crying out to the social workers car and driven off.This social worker LIED in court said my sister was seen,by her, with her daughter and the kids in her car.My sister had custody and was told the kids were not allowed to have any contact with their parents.At the said date and time my sister and the children were with me at my mum’s house,we had lots of witnesses to this fact but the court “believed” Ms.Fabiola.
    Mr. Jack Straw I would certainly like to meet you in person as would all my family which your social services torn in half on the 19th december 2006 at 3pm.
    I challenge you to appear at a talk show with other families whose lives you and our government ruined.But thats right you aint got the guts have you.WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HIDE?WHY ARE FAMILY COURTS CLOSED? WHAT IS THE NECESSITY TO GAG PEOPLE?
    Proves to me how corrupt you and your government is.How much money do you and your fellow politicians get from this.Mr Straw I refuse to be gagged i will say it to your face and to all who will listen.
    We need to stand up against this injustice,to me it is just legalized child abduction.
    Why is it tolerated?

  • On 20th Apr 2009 at 11:36 AM Carol Docherty said...


    I would say dear sir ,but to me you are far from dear.Alas to me you also lack the respect required for me to call you sir.

    I want to know why the government supports such organizations as CAFFCASS & CORAM?

    Do you receive percentages?

    It really interests me and i really need to know.NOT!!!! that you or the gutless wonders who work for you would ever admit it.

    You see my family was torn in two by social services when they removed my two great nieces and my great nephew. Their so called reason was “posible risk of future emotional abuse” caused to the children,which it seems to me is used a hell of a lot.Our children were never in any harm or danger yet still the SS (social service) removed them from their grandmother who had custody.She in turn after the court ruling was “gagged”.




    What did they have to fear? Did my sister hit a raw nerve?

    Well it proves to me how corrupt the social services are and the government also. my great nieces and nephew were taken to fulfill the social services “QUOTA” for that year.

    Have you got the faintest idea what it means for us to have lost our children? The suffering?

    Well your remarks on how you GAG the children taken proves you haven’t.

    See even you are far from a perfect parent your son had drug convictions did he not?

    I challenge you to face families that you have torn to pieces, for the so called quota, in a question time on british television?

    I forgot you are hiding behind closed family courts and gagging people from talking out so this can’t become public knowledge.

    Well i wasn’t gagged nor will i ever allow myself to be gagged.You see i was present when they removed our kids and heard them screaming for their grandmother and how distressed they was because of it.

    I want one day to charge you and all involved in this with indecncy against humanity and take you to the european courts.

    Above all i want for you to recieve this email and read it.I also want a reply,but i realise it wont ever happen.One day JUSTICE will prevail and Tony Blair and the rest of you will face charges for this.I hope on that day i’am sitting in the front row of that court Mr.Straw I really do.

    With all my hate Ms.C.M.Docherty

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