What is the purpose of the CPR?
The aim of this site is to help everyone who is involved in the child protection system, in whatever capacity by:
- providing up to date information about relevant law and practice, and;
- contributing to the wider debate about the child protection system.
The ethos of this site is summed up by the words of Lord Laming
‘Please keep me safe’. This simple but profoundly important hope is the very minimum upon which every child and young person should be able to depend… The years of childhood pass all too quickly and become the foundation upon which the rest of life depends… In general, families are best placed to care for children and promote their welfare. Fortunately the vast majority of parents seek the best for their children and, entirely rightly, the state supports them in this important task. However, parenthood incorporates not only rights but also responsibilities: it is a lifetime commitment. Particular mention should be made of the part to be played by fathers, not least as good role models.
Who/What is the CPR?
This site started in February 2014 after a group of people got together who had met on line. We had experience of the system from a wide variety of perspectives – lawyers, parents, social workers – and were all very worried about the quality of the ‘advice’ offered by some to potentially very vulnerable people.
The site is run by me – family lawyer Sarah Phillimore. Many others have contributed – some wish to remain anonymous for pretty obvious reasons, but when individuals wish to identify themselves, they will make this clear.
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TWITTER: @C_P_Resource
I hope this will be an ever growing resource – so if you have something you think would be useful to share with others please get in touch and let me know. Please feel free to join in, by either commenting on our articles or submitting your own article for publication.
If you are not happy with something published here then let me know. If you are thinking about an action in defamation against me, please read this first.
Right of reply policy
If you wish to have a ‘right of reply’ to any post I write then I will consider carefully all serious and polite requests. If however, it is clear to me that your wish for a ‘right of reply’ is because you wish to continue making false and/or offensive assertions, I will restrict you to a comment only – which I retain absolute discretion to delete or redact as I see fit.
Constructive comments are welcomed from anyone with an interest or experience in the child protection field. But if you are unable or unwilling to use basic courtesy you will not be allowed to post here. I understand discussing child protection issues can provoke very strong emotions and genuine grievances, but rude and abusive posts get us nowhere and put other people off joining in. Your comment may be moved to the Response to Commentators section, where it can be answered without derailing or detracting from any constructive debate.
Please don’t post anything that might identify a child who is involved in care proceedings, as this is against the law.
This is the internet and this is a site run by me in my spare time. I can’t carry out extensive background checks on everyone who contributes. With regard to blog posts, If I think something looks credible and helpful, I will publish it. If I publish it, please assume it is because I think it is true and worth saying. If I get something wrong, please tell me.
However, if I provide links to other websites, don’t assume that means I approve the contents of that site and don’t hold me responsible for the content.
As with ANY internet site – be cautious. You often can’t be sure who anyone is. Don’t use this or any other internet resource to replace getting help and advice from the trusted people in real life. Nothing posted here should be taken as specific legal advice for your own particular circumstances; nobody should ever take any actions, or fail to take any actions, based solely on what they read on the internet.