It would appear that children and young people are still the victims and losers in this ongoing battle.
Welcome to another week.
A recent article in the New Zealand Herald calls out a practice in the country’s Family Court called ‘uplifting’. (WARNING: article features highly distressing video footage).
The practice can involve physically removing a child from persons or premises in order to return them to a parent whose custodial rights have been breached.
There may be no warning that the uplift is going to take place, and police are often called in to remove children.
Uplifts occur after an aggrieved parent applies for a warrant to have their child returned. The use of ‘reasonable force’ is allowed where considered appropriate. The element of force and a sharp rise in the use of uplifts, are causing concern.
Video footage showing children in acute distress during the removal process has sparked outrage in New Zealand. New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern called the recordings “horrific” and observed that…
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