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Message ID: 8168
Date: 2009-05-28

Author:Brian Morgan

Subject:Are 'experts' also sometimes dangerous?

What about the dangerousness of child protection 'expert' assessment

where the discourse is theoretical, dogmatic, and untested by research?



I'm thinking of Anal Dilatation, Munchausen's by Proxy, Shaken Baby

Syndrome - the ones that immediately come to mind.



Fortunately in the UK High Court Judges have finally cottoned on to what

the so-called experts have been doing, but it's too late

for most families already damaged by this where the children were

removed and placed for adoption.



One eminent internationally renowned expert was struck off the medical

register here in the UK last year and he appealed.

The Appeal Court last Friday finally decided that he is no longer

registered and cannot now evidence in court. Of course this

only affects his medical practice in the UK, that's the GMC rule.



http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2009/1155.html



The reaction of the medical specialism he belonged to has been most

vigorous, saying that what has happened to him has effectively

destroyed child protection in the UK. This is expressed through an

organisation .



I would like to suggest a serious discussion around this. I reserve my

views for now.





Brian









What about the dangerousness of child protection 'expert' assessment

where the discourse is theoretical, dogmatic, and untested by research?



I'm thinking of Anal Dilatation, Munchausen's by Proxy, Shaken Baby

Syndrome - the ones that immediately come to mind.



Fortunately in the UK High Court Judges have finally cottoned on to what

the so-called experts have been doing, but it's too late

for most families already damaged by this where the children were

removed and placed for adoption.



One eminent internationally renowned expert was struck off the medical

register here in the UK last year and he appealed.

The Appeal Court last Friday finally decided that he is no longer

registered and cannot now evidence in court. Of course this

only affects his medical practice in the UK, that's the GMC rule.



http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2009/1155.html



The reaction of the medical specialism he belonged to has been most

vigorous, saying that what has happened to him has effectively

destroyed child protection in the UK. This is expressed through an

organisation .



I would like to suggest a serious discussion around this. I reserve my

views for now.





Brian