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Are parents who are accused of abusing their child treated fairly?

John Hemming, an MP and Chairman for the Justice For Families Group, has suggested that parents who have been wrongly convicted or accused of abusing their child should move abroad when facing these allegations, if it is legally permissible for them to do so.
His comments have come at a time when cases of parents who have been wrongly accused of abusing their child, have surfaced in the media.
Recent cases include children with Vitamin D deficiency, which can cause weak bones, brain bleeds and even death. These symptoms have resulted in the child being taken into care and the parents accused of child abuse or even murdering their own child.
From a legal perspective, cases of alleged child abuse are notoriously complex, and are made more so by the strict restrictions – which are meant to protect children and vulnerable people – imposed on reporting cases in the Family Courts. For example, the identity of the children must not be revealed, and any discussion of the case by the council, reporters or even, parents is banned. Anyone – including parents – who breach these restrictions can be sent to prison. This means that parents who believe that they have been wrongly accused are unable to highlight their cases in the media, and therefore have little redress.
Hemming strongly believes that the law in the UK is biased against parents, hence his suggestion that they should move abroad if they are falsely accused of child abuse. However, in the first instance, the best and most important thing any parent or legal guardian of a child facing such allegations should do is to make sure they seek the counsel of an experienced family law solicitor who will be able to handle their case with the sensitivity and discretion required. The solicitor will be able to offer great support and help in what can be extremely trying times for the family. And even better, give guidance at every stage of their case.

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