This petition was submitted during the 2017–2019 Conservative government

Petition Petition for Independent Inquiry in Family Court Failings

Court orders have placed children at risk of harm through being forced to live with or spend time with abusive parents. Parents have taken their lives as a result of poor decisions which disrupt and sever bonds between children and families. Successive reviews have failed to solve systemic problems.

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Clandestine proceedings - meant to protect the identities of children and families - prevent scrutiny, eliminate accountability, stifle debate, mask incompetence, breed distrust, prevent learning and development. Public faith and trust in the system have collapsed. Only an INDEPENDENT inquiry - free from influence by the judiciary, Whitehall, all pressure groups and other third parties - will disclose the true extent of any problems and start to build public confidence in a failing system.

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