Well a quick round up of what I have learnt from 2008:
Never welcome a social worker into my house - I should have listened to my mother!
Never to employ a lawyer again - financial cost of this farce to date is approximately £2500.00 and yes that is with the 'free legal aid system', quite a hefty bill for our family. I will do all the research I can to represent myself, at least I know the truth and I am on my side and I will not work with the opposition. I always knew this happened but I have proof of this when my lawyer, wrote some information down wrong, she had given me some papers which I later found this information written by the opposition! - no wonder she was so flustered about me correcting her - I thought it was odd at the time as I said well just change it.... obviously already too late!
Always have in the back of your mind that your life can change in a moment, enjoy every second with your children, you may not have that chance tomorrow.
Do not believe you will see justice in a court.
Do believe that lies can be manufactured against you.
Get everything in writing, document everything you can. Now this may sound a bit over the top, but if I could tell you all you would understand - keep an accident record book for your children at home - like they do at work - keep notes from school, such as 'they bumped their head today' - you never know when you may need it.
Do expect to be told 'this is the way we do things in Jersey', obviously I have read the laws in reverse and what they they they should not do, they do.
Never to think that getting to the truth of the matter is easy, especially when you are right and they are so very in the wrong - remember 'come in No 1 you're sacked'?
Never think you are on your own - look for people that can help you. There's not many people in Jersey you can ask (actually I don't know anyone), but Jersey isn't the world and there is life outside the Island! Search the internet, a site I came across was by Ian Josephs, and as I read it, I was thinking how so very true his words are. Perhaps though as with many things in life you have to experience it to truly believe it, and by all accounts our situation is perhaps better than alot of peoples'. I would love to see a change in the system over here it does not work and they operate illegally. Perhaps somehow I will find a way to make a difference. I would like to see a truly independent body set up to act as an intermediary between the SS and families.
On a lighter note I would like to wish everyone a 'Very Happy New Year', and I'll raise a toast to 'truth and justice'.
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