A leading parental alienation campaigner wept as he reported another death which appears to be related to family court proceedings.
A mother fighting to maintain contact with her young daughter is believed to have killed herself in the early hours after things got too much.
Andrew John Teague, from D.A.D.s (dads against double standards) said: “I could not help being choked up and the tears rolled down my cheek as I got the news.
“Our daughter was sleeping at mine and I could not get out of my mind the thoughts the young child will face … the fear of how the child will be when she is told her mummy is dead.
so heart-breaking – my God, what’s it
going to take? I dread to think how many parents or family take their lives all
around the world.
“The abuse the children and parents go through in family court is unreal unbearable unexplainable I pray this ends as soon as possible.”
Andrew’s moving statement leads to one painful question … could Cafcass, and those who have pledged to help people who are estranged from their children, have done more to help this tragic young woman?
Or has she just become another statistic, another hopeless case?
Cafcass chairman, Edward Timpson, said that it was estimated that Cafcass had helped two million children.
And Anthony Douglas, aged 70, who retired as chief executive of Cafcass recently, said as he went: “If you can repair something that’s really, really broken, it’s enormously gratifying.”
The consumerwatchfoundation.com asks in the light of what happened… what exactly did you fix Mr Douglas?
Andrew: “How can it lead to this, to take the pain away. That solitary moment, when you die.
“A mum took her life, things had got too much for her. It’s the same heartbreak, mum, dad or other family member.
“Even one is a shocking terrible statistic. Fatherless or motherless the grief for the child is exactly the same.
“I can’t imaging what the sister of the mum who took her life is feeling … what her family must be going through, what her children will be told.”
Well, the official Government 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 another 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.
Other figures show FIVE people in nine days have taken their own lives because of parental alienation.
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.