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What are BARNARDOS trying to hide?

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

During the referendum on Childrens Rights campaign, Barnardos posted the following on their Facebook page HERE

Barnardos Guardian ad Litems are fully qualified, trained and vetted to work with the child (regardless of their age). They also work with the child's family to ensure that an accurate picture is painted and avoid situations where children’s views could be influenced by a member of their family. The Guardian’s reports are submitted to the court for the judge’s consideration in making decisions on the outcome of the case. Barnardos does not anticipate profiting from more children having their views heard in court proceedings as our Guardian ad Litem service operates on a non-profit model. We believe this will be hugely beneficial to children in ensuring they are active players in decisions that will significantly affect their future. Should you wish to have any further information on Barnardos’ Guardian ad Litem service, please call 01-7080443


This was challenged as follows: 

"BARNARDOS IRELAND claim that :”Barnardos Guardian ad Litems are fully qualified, trained and vetted to work with the child (regardless of their age)”.

Not True. There is no actual qualification for a Guardian Ad Litem. The work can be carried out by social workers, psychologists or lawyers. There is no body to which a complaint about their behaviour can be made.

 

BARNARDOS IRELAND claim that: ”They also work with the child's family to ensure that an accurate picture is painted and avoid situations where children’s views could be influenced by a member of their family”.

Not True. Parental Alienation is not recognised here. In Family Law cases, the children are predominantly with the mother (over 90% of cases result in so-called Joint Custody where the children live with the mother and the father has access). The influence of a custodial parent (generally the mother) is simply impossible to quantify.

 

BARNARDOS IRELAND claim that: ”The Guardian’s reports are submitted to the court for the judge’s consideration in making decisions on the outcome of the case”.

Not True. The Judge will flick through the report and make the recommendations an Order of the court. It is a simple Pass-The-Buck- exercise. The Judge will not examine any report to see if there is any bias. All of this happens in secret so even if a biased Guardian Ad Litem comes to light, nothing is done to prevent it happening again, in a different court with a different judge.

 

BARNARDOS IRELAND claim that: ”Barnardos does not anticipate profiting from more children having their views heard in court proceedings as our Guardian ad Litem service operates on a non-profit model”.

Not True. As I said earlier, Guardian Ad Litem fees “includes travel so an assessor gets €100+ per hour for sitting in traffic or on the DART. Also, €100+ per hour while having lunch. It works out at about €5,000+ per report”. Are you now going to dispute these figures?


Barnardos failed to respond to these claims and removed the post twice from their page.  

Equality For Fathers is quite concerned at Barnardos failure to explain their position as it seems they will gain financially from a "YES" vote, indicating corruption at the expense of Children. 


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Reply Michael
6:37 PM on November 2, 2015 
Based on my experience with the Guardian Ad Litem service, this appraisal is succinct and accurate. Barnardos, along with other child-care services, persue a policy of attempting to remove Dads from contact with their children where a mother is disrupting the relationship. Their assumed positin of neutrality is a mirage. Any dad who loves his kids should avoid their services at all costs.