Protecting children from abuse must be the paramount consideration of the courts

13 Feb 2017

BLM's Nicola Buchanan has authored today's legal column in The Scotsman. Nicola focuses on child abuse and how the courts should consider taking more steps to protect vulnerable children from the hands of abusive parents.

Nicola says: "Few pieces of news hit home as hard as stories of children being killed by their parents. Though such terrible crimes are rare, they are perhaps not as rare as society may think.

"Over the past ten years, 19 children have been murdered by violent fathers after they were granted contact with sons and daughters by judges, according to a report, covering England and Wales, by charity Women’s Aid. In 12 cases, contact had been granted to the fathers through the family courts, with a further six agreed in family court hearings and the other via a non-molestation order and occupation order."

To read Nicola's full article in today's Scotsman, please click here.




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