Anthony Douglas – the retiring emperor of broken families and despair – what have you done for us?

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At the farewell ‘bash’ for the Cafcass chief executive Anthony Douglas, he was praised for the work he has done over the last 15 years.

Cafcass chairman, Edward Timpson, said that it was estimated that the agency had helped two million children under Douglas’s ‘watch’.

And Douglas, aged 70, who claims a miserable childhood himself, replied: “If you can repair something that’s really, really broken, it’s enormously gratifying.”

The question then, is what exactly did Douglas fix?

Well, the official view is that under his ‘watch’ Cafcass improved significantly and in a national inspection of the service published recently, Ofsted rated the organisation as ‘outstanding’.

Ofsted said this: “The contribution of the chief executive is highly valued and is considered to be ‘exceptional’.” 

The consumerwatchfoundation.com asks one simple question then – how many  ordinary citizens in the UK who have been through – or are going through – the family court system found their treatment outstanding?

The simple – yet harrowing – facts are these, mothers and fathers across the globe are killing themselves out of despair after being lied about to their children, lied about to their families, lied about to social workers and lied about to family courts.

Project 84, a campaign aimed at raising awareness, recently staged 84 human sculptures in Central London,  representing the men who sadly take their lives. Mothers too are going down the same road to nowhere.

Andrew John Teague, from D.A.D.s and NAAP, said: “On Parental Alienation Day as we walked from the Royal Courts of Justice to Downing Street, in a mark of respect I wore a black arm band. 
“Parental alienation kills people … family courts are, in my eyes, the  worst killers in the land. They should not be allowed to act the way they do, they need to be stopped now.

“Everyone can see what goes on – the dead blind monkey on Mars can see it. It is time to stop the family court abuse. Reform is needed.”
Andrew, who has walked thousands of miles in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, to highlight the battle, said. “I’m not a strong person, I’m just a person who used to fix cars.

“But I was bullied when I was young and now I need to fight for what’s right. You get to the point you won’t let anyone bully you and I have always looked to help anyone get through things.
“I made a vow to stand up for all the children who are bullied and terrified. Children need the help support and guidance of both parents. This all just  breaks my heart.”

Andrew, from Swansea, who is in his mid-fifties, says that social services and CAFCASS watch his profile on social media and constantly monitor his Facebook group, D.A.D.S (Dads against double standards) which now has more than 20,000 members.

The authorities would of course deny any untoward motivation in this but so many other victims of parental alienation have come forward with similar stories it is worrying.
Others have revealed that social workers have ‘advised’ them not to comment on their children on social media and others say they have even been told not to tell their child they love them as I could traumatise them.

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Anthony Douglas joined Cafcass in September 2004 from Suffolk County Council, where he was director of social care and health.

“My job at Cafcass has been a privilege and our task now, after achieving ‘outstanding’ in our recent Ofsted inspection, is to take our service to children to the next level,” he is quoted as saying.
At the time he joined Cafcass, the agency was widely seen as failing organisation with many children involved in family court proceedings waiting weeks or months to be allocated children’s guardians.

Douglas, who was adopted at birth, started his career as a social worker in 1976 at the London Borough of Hackney.

On his first day in the job he said it would take two or three years to get the deeply troubled organisation on the right track. But almost a decade later  MPs were condemning it as unfit.

And yet he  leaves an organisation secure in its place with its ‘outstanding’ Ofsted  rating.

If what we have today is an improved Cafcass then it is really hard to imagine the chaos it must have been in in 2004, when it tried to bring together the work of more than 100 separate services. 

10 thoughts on “Anthony Douglas – the retiring emperor of broken families and despair – what have you done for us?

  1. I hope his successor will take the blinkers off and acknowledge the truth and realization of the whole poor and unfair assumptions made by staff. Staff with preconceived ideas operating outside of their skill base.

  2. In my experience I would say DO NOT believe everything you read about Ofsted, and especially regarding the way Caffcass work. They tick boxes, that’s all, when it comes to assessing the welfare of children being alienated by one parent. It appears that thousands of families affected are not being helped at all by the family courts.. quite the opposite in fact. When are family law solicitors going to act properly? Why does it take years and years for alienated parents to be able to have contact with their children? Bullying parents are laughing at the authorities.

  3. Sandra Rao The Caffcass guardians in these suicides should face prosecution. My god what will it take before the government acts and gets rid this evil organisation.

  4. Jan Boon Yep we all have a part to play in this war on P A so let’s all fight it it don’t matter how we do it as long as we don’t fight between ourselves x

  5. Fay Goodman This is so true! I know i am sitting in the Family Court now waiting for a decision… heartbreaking as I do not believe in justice anymore. Only recently seen court papers so wrong, changed, not amended and important documents missing! Listened to dishonesty…what is the world coming too!

  6. Craig McKay we should be charging these people with genocide. Since Thatcher and Lord Mackay introduced the contact order act in 1988/89 they have been driving men to suicide unlawfully since. And the ones who don’t commit suicide are being condemned to die slowly of sadness. A revolution is required. Burn the house down!!!

  7. Kenneth Lane The only accolade Douglas has achieved is to perpetuate a damning lie for so long, to the detriment of children in separating families on an almost industrial scale.l

  8. Andrew John Teague Over a million children’s lives ruined how many family members is that how many future risks of all sorts of negative impacts on the children

  9. ANTHONY DOUGLAS THE MONSTER,needs throwing in prison he ruined thousands of children’s lives, survivor’s and their children court ordered into unsafe contact 😡😡😡😡

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