Yes, you are entitled to have a McKenzie Friend if you are acting as Litigant in Person, never heard of a stenographer too but I like it, but you can get a transcript of the hearing as should be recorded.
I think we need to understand and then target the source of the problem first otherwise we waste energy thrashing at the leaves on the tree rather than attacking its roots to kill it off.
Currently I’m looking at how the UNCRC has influenced the ability of parents to remain primary carer and found this…
But the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child changes all of that. The treaty supplants that
traditional presumption in favor of parents with a new presumption in favor of the state.
According to Geraldine van Bueren, an international scholar who assisted in the drafting of the
CRC, the language of ‘best interests provides decision and policy makers with the authority to
substitute their own decisions for either the child’s or the parents’, Providing it is based on
considerations of the best interests of the child.’ So instead of placing the burden of proof on the
government to prove that a parent is unfit, the Convention places the burden of proof on the
parents. Any parent that claims that other interests may be more important than the state’s
characterization of the best interests of the child could end up battling the state to protect their
rights as a parent.
Often what is wrapped up as child protection is anything but..
The challenge is to employ Common Law to Prevent the State getting it’s filthy hands on our children in the first place. It may be the victims of the Children Act 1989 will remain just that, however we may be able to take back control over our children through the Common Law…
Perhaps an ideas group could be established to thrash out scenarios…