Riding crop mum's religious beliefs challenged by a harrassing CYFS
The woman who disciplined her son with a riding crop has religious beliefs, and although that is no more a crime than smacking in this country, Child Youth and Family do not like parents who are willing to physically discipline their children within the law due to their religious beliefs. Because this woman does have these beliefs, CYFS is attempting to take her daughter away from her and are trying very hard to look for abuse when there is none and are requesting that the womans daughter be assessed for physical abuse.
An abusive CYFS document the woman e-mailed to Big News and entitled "goals and objectives to be achieved" describes her her parenting style as "entrenched" in her religion, consequently asking " what is her ability and willingness to change", and questioning " whether the girl should be "living in an environment supportive of her mothers views and beliefs"? It also asks why social workers cant see the girl on her own, despite our laws stating a support person can be in attendanace. Perhaps CYFS social workers want to get an admission from the girl that even faintly sounds like she has been abused - and then rush back off to court.
This is outrageous. It implies that the state considers there is something wrong with parents who have religious beliefs, and if it wasn't for these religious beliefs everything will be okay. Such letters and documents from the state breach our human rights legislation.
The woman says
I am disgusted at this ongoing harassment.I have been told they are deliberately making things difficult for me because I have gone to the media. My daughter is so stressed by the threat of removal she cannot sleep properly any more. My lawyer...says this is totally unnecessary harrassment. The department has told me if i do not agree to this assesment then they will remove my daughter.
The CYFS document asks where the girl gets her sense of identy and security from. She gets it at home with her mum where she belongs, that's where. CYFS want to take that identity and security away from her. The document asks, " how can we build trust into our relationship with Mrs ................, so that ( her daughter) will disclose any abuse in the home."
The answer: Back off - and don't look for abuse when there is none.