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Celebrity Big Brother – a National Newspaper Looking for 'False Allegations' Stories

 

Following recent false allegations being made on Celebrity Big Brother, a national newspaper is looking for men who have been victims of false allegations of violence by women to talk about their experience. It is for a sensitive feature following the controversy in the Celebrity Big Brother house and aimed at showing the lasting effects such a false allegation can have. The person would need to be photographed and identified and available for a short phone interview on Friday, September 7th.

We appreciate this is a very sensitive issue and acknowledge that ongoing legal issues may mean it isn't possible to talk openly about this. Even if your family court case is over, you must consider any impact on your children of agreeing to appear in the media. 

If, however, these obstacles don’t apply to you then please contact Kate on 0787 292 1219  tomorrow morning.

In any case you may be interested to read the way we covered the story on Facebook here.

 

Housing and Shared Parenting in London

RDF Television (the makers of ‘Secret Life of 5 Year Olds’ and ‘Shop Well For Less’) are in the process of developing a non-transmittable ‘pilot’ for a major broadcaster which will be focusing on the varying difficulties faced by people living in London, including finding and having accommodation. They’d like to hear from a range of people on their opinions on having a lodger and whether this is something they may be willing to try, and take part in this project.

They are hosting a focus group in the format of a ‘Speed-Dating’ event where people considering renting out their room or lodging with others will come together to discuss and meet likeminded people. They are interested to hear how single parents or those who share ‘custody’ of their children manage living in London and what options they might explore in terms of living in London.

The event will be during the day (between 10am and 6pm) at a location in Islington, North London, on Thursday 20th September 2018. Expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in attending and/or would like to know more about this project, please call Ellie from the Development team at RDF as soon as possible on 0207 013 4277 or email ellie.russell@rdftelevision.com

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  • A terrible story of greed and revenge exacted on a man and his family. In summary, a woman whose partner left her, pretended to be pregnant using a friend's child to support her story. He and his family believed her and he sought to be a good dad, paying child maintenance to the mother, visiting 'his son' whom he grew to love, believing him to be his. Only it was all a fabrication that unravelled when the child grew older, keeping up the pretence became difficult and contact with the child was stopped at great emotional and financial cost to this poor man. People contact us to say that they are paying maintenance for children that might not be theirs. In this case it was not only an abuse of the father, but a most awful abuse of the child and of the child's biological family. We've not heard of people 'borrowing' a child to commit their crime before, but the story is not altogether unique either and we do hear of false claims of paternity either to 'hold onto' the man or to get money from someone who has more to give than the biological father may not even be aware that they are the father. https://www.facebook.com/BBCOne/videos/2078077738882999/ To support us please like our page on Facebook, better still, follow us, share this post, register for free, become a member or make a donations.
  • Male victims of violence need more access to support. Many don't come forward for fear of loss of access to their children. Family justice system still shows bias towards treating fathers as providers or as being sources of risk, rather than carers and protectors. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-45490173 If your experience reflects this story, tell your MP. If you are concerned about access to your children, please call our Helpline 0300 0300 363. Please support us by sharing, following, liking, registering for free, becoming a member or making a donation.
  • The BBC this week covers plans by the Children Family and Courts Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) to introduce a court pathway for parental alienation. Many of our readers will relate to the cartoon story included in the BBC coverage of this. The fact that over 90% of alienation is from fathers rather than mothers is not as important as that the issue is being raised by the BBC and Cafcass. The BBC felt obliged to have some 'balancing' comments from parties who prefer to see and hear no evil, but it is good that this story is being run. Families Need Fathers have been working towards Cafcass recognising parental alienation as the problem that it is for some time. Having accepted that it is nothing less than child abuse, they then recognised that it was necessary to have a plan to address is when it occurs. This article is based on Cafcass' delayed plan to start testing this autumn the new 'pathway' that they have been developing. FNF will continue to monitor the effectiveness of the new pathway and to provide Cafcass with further feedback. The BBC article includes an error as to the number of enforcement applications in 2013, which stood at 3,173 and not 1,400 as quotede. In fact it has gone up since and in 2017 stood at 6,832. Disgracefully, a mere 21 resulted in enforcement action. If anyone is and adult who was alienated as a child, please get in touch with us. The same if you are a parent who has had a reversal of residency of their children as a result of alienation. You can contact us on Facebook Messenger or at admin@fnf.org.uk. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45448100 Please support us by sharing this post, liking it, following us, registering with us for free, becoming a member or making a donation.
  • Best Way to Split Retreat – 14th to 16th September 2018 Last minute booking opportunity. An FNF member has provided financial support to enable a number of our members/service users to book this course at half price! If you would like to attend this at half price then please register for the brochure by clicking the link below and email suzy@startingovershow.com and let her know whether you are available for the full weekend and she will. No couples - this is 'me time'. The offer is subject to availability. https://cb368-a03d89.pages.infusionsoft.net/?utm_source=newsletter_184&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fnf-newsletter-6th-september-2018
  • No-fault divorce is a welcome step, but it is far too optimistic to think that it will end 'the blame game'. For that to happen the whole adversarial family justice system needs to be scrapped, particularly when decisions relating to children are concerned. So too must other 'incentives' to commit perjury such as offering legal aid to those who make accusations of domestic abuse, but not to those so accused. Sir James Munby described this as one of the greatest 'vices' of the system. There are many other more serious deficiencies in family justice that need to be addressed if we are to repair a broken system that does more damage than good. Please support us by sharing, following, liking, registering for free on our website, joining or making a donation. https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/sep/07/uk-government-launch-consultation-no-fault-divorces
  • "the wrongfully accused is plunged into a ­dystopian nightmare where they know the truth but can only watch as the touch paper of the lie is set alight and starts to burn bright in the minds of everyone but those who know them well enough to ­disbelieve the claim" The Sun this week on CBB false allegations story. Please support us by following us, sharing, liking, registering for free on our website, joining or becoming a member. If the issues in this story affect you, please tell your MP and tell them that such abuse is as abusive and devastating as any other. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7177247/roxanne-pallett-celebrity-big-brother-accusation-wreck-lives/

FNF HSSF Kite Mark Award

Families Need Fathers has been awarded the Help and Support for Separated Families Kite Mark which is a new UK government accreditation scheme for organisations offering help to separated families.

Families Need Fathers work with a range of family law professionals, including Family Law Panel

 

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