The following people are McKenzie Friends acting on behalf of Justice for Families Ltd (06645051)

Julie Haines

Tim Haines 

John Hemming

Chris Edge

Sam Smith


Note that to have assistance from JFF Mckenzie friends you need to go through the JFF casework system and complete both forms A and B.

There is an electronic registration system, but that has been suspended for a while as a consequence of volume of activity.  Please contact us (see link below).    

JFF concentrates on England, but recommends Margaret Reid in Scotland.

Noah Myers was fined for taking his son out of school for a couple of days to support a cousin participating in an international sporting event. He took his other son out of a different school at the same time, that school wouldn't authorise the absence either but didn't fine...

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  • commented 2016-10-28 23:41:14 +0100
    Please can someone give me some advice. My husband and I were married in June of this year. Now we have been told by SS that we can “NOT EVER” reconcile and my husband along with his child live in another accommodation. During the last two years our relationship has had extremely stressful times. From moving into a house that was not fit or hygenic to pass an inspection for a mutual exchange ie covered in parrott poop all over walls and doors, unsecure windows and doors, bad electrics, leaking pipes, holes in walls, etc… To my husband having cancer, teenagers that would not attend school, to getting married and struggling financially to the point I was working 2 jobs at one time. We had a Family Engagement Worker assigned to us and at no point were any concerns raised. Over the last 2 years my husband has seeked help with an addiction to alcohol and never received solid support until recently. My husband was in the care system from a baby and it had a very negative impact on him in a lot of ways, ways that he has tried to cope with himself and also seeked help with but was failed by the organisations. Up until 4 weeks ago myself my husband and our children (2 teenagers and a child under 10) resided together in what was our family home. I suffered a bout of depression and attended a doctors appointment, worse thing I could’ve done and regret it massively! Just before then there was an assessment done by SS and everything was deemed as good by the SW. After I attended the doctors appointment I was referred to the mental health team. I had no intentions of hurting myself or anyone else, this was also stated by a nurse, doctor and psychologist. I was not a risk/danger to myself or any other person, but I did need some support to help with some delicate issues from my past. SS came out to my home and made me believe that my husband was domestically abusing me, told me my husband had stated things about me that were not nice, said my husband told them I was domestically abusing him. I was pushed into attending a core meeting that I had initially refused to attend. I was approached by the chairman of SS and told I did not need to attend and why had I. I explained the reasons and also stated that I had NOT domestically abused my husband, to this the chairman stated “I don’t have that on my file, so where did you hear that?” I was dumbfounded. I left the meeting before it was started. A child is now on a CPP and I can not see or have any contact with whatsoever and the same rules apply to my husband regarding my children. My husband and I are not allowed contact with each other or our children will be taken from us. We have never in anyway shape or form hurt/neglected/harmed/abused any of our children. We have had many children come stay at our home from juniors to teenagers and they have never felt threatened or unsafe. There has never been any intent to not Safeguard or put any significant harm to any of the children. SS have stated that due to our “Toxic” relationship that was nothing more than relationship/marital conflict due to misunderstands or stress we can never reconcile. 3 months of marriage when we should still be in the honeymoon period we are living as single people. Also my daughters babies who were taken from her just 2 days ago by SS. Apparently my daughter was not Safeguarding them. A different matter to mine completely. I was kept away from my own grandchildren and they were not allowed to my home and I could not be left with them on my own, this was put in place about 6 months ago. The SW that came out to my home and done an assessment on my children a few days ago asked me about my previous marriage to my ex husband. 18 years ago we separated and I found this very strange as to why she would delve into it. My daughter and her partner were put forward as foster parents, there was nothing mentioned to any members of my family regarding an SGO and we knew nothing of this. There was no mention of my daughter being a possible foster carer in courts and my grandchildren were took from the court that same day by complete strangers. We now can not see them and the next court hearing will be in January! I have this very feeling that both SW were conspiring together. Lies have been told, truth has been stretched, and incidents have been made worse than they actually were. My husband is getting help to help him as am I. I have seeked some legal advice, but dont wish to do anymore harm than good by setting wheels in motion. Has anyone else been through a similar case and if so what was the outcome and is there any good advice you can give. I want my family back. Feels like my whole world has collapsed around me and I will do all I have to for my family. Thank you for reading my story. Take care and stay strong.
  • commented 2016-10-27 22:05:35 +0100
    please help social services gave my son to a child molester, and never told me he is adopted now, and then they try the same with my other son please help
  • commented 2016-10-27 17:46:45 +0100
    We are very anxious to make contact with Tim and Julia after a personal recommendation about a very urgent family court situation. Please could you get in touch as soon as is humanly possible.
  • commented 2016-10-27 17:46:45 +0100
    We are very anxious to make contact with Tim and Julia after a personal recommendation about a very urgent family court situation. Please could you get in touch as soon as is humanly possible.
  • commented 2016-10-20 19:24:08 +0100
    please help with unfair social services we did all they ask and yet they keep changing the rules and making us do more it has caused me clinical depression and anxiety.
  • commented 2016-10-05 23:56:11 +0100
    My grandson has been stolen by the state and put up for adoption. Currently on hold as I have appealed but they have refused my appeal. He is a baby and was snatched from Reading hospital by Reading social workers. Hospital said he was fit and healthy and ready to go home. Reason was apparently they thought his mum could get back into relationship with babies Dad in future and they protect from future risks. She suffered domestic violence from him wen she was pregnant and split from him. She has never contacted him since nor does she wish to. But they took her baby and said she won’t get him back. I have SGO for his sister from wen she was 3, as my daughter had her wen she was 17 and admits she wasn’t old enough and couldn’t cope then. However 10 years later it seems sw are fixated on her being unable to cope at 17 so therefore clearly people don’t change. They said the past predicts the future so….and they said I can’t have him as 1) there’s a 10 year age gap between siblings 2) his sister has dyslexia so is behind on spelling/grammar (Richard Branson has dyslexia so wouldn’t write her off just yet, she’s only 11) 3) she has been minutes late for school on occasion so that must mean that I have a total disregard for education!!! Not withstanding that I am a life long learner and trained as a teacher for college. Also couldn’t possibly be anything to do with her daydreamer, easily distracted personality or sensory issues and we used to walk miles to school, now in secondary school she gets early bus and accepts more responsibility for her timekeeping. She was not offered support and everything was clearly about money and funding. My grandson can live happily here with me his Nanna and his sister. The lies/inconsistencies in court from professionals we are supposed to trust were chilling. The evidence omitted and refusal for independent social worker, then fabrication of evidence and blatantly admitting it to me and a lady I know was utterly disgraceful. The focus was to get the case over and done with and move on to next one. I wasn’t listened to and was fired so many questions at once my head spun and wasn’t given time to answer them. The LA said they ’don’t recall’ to almost every question. No evidence just assumption and opinion. My barrister said there’s a huge case against unfair trial, but the appeal court is just reading what they have put forward so we have asked for an oral appeal. It is obvious that some sw get power crazy and enjoy the control factor. These have an inability to listen and make fair judgementshare and have a culture of covering their arses so they don’t get in trouble, also the process of potential risk aversion can be applied to the entire population. It’s madness! I have been approved as a Kinship Foster carer and special guardian for his older sister. I am safe and secure. The judge said I am loving, nurturing, stimulating and can meet all his needs……but…..being minutes late for school on occasions is clearly enough to adopt him!!? Seriously? No one is perfect. It’s blatant corruption in the system that needs a huge overhaul and independent (truly independent) investigation. Families are being broken up for no reason. Adoption it appears is rather lucrative business. LA save money if adopted rather than fostered or sgo, the adopter must register and pay to access information, and LA’s get bonuses paid by central government for achieving their adoption targets. Yep…..targets! Adopters don’t want older children….they want babies……and babies are easy to adopt, hit target and get the government funding. Another £14m (?) was announced by government to LA for adoption….so guess where focus is..especially with children’s services having to make major cuts…..Government need to step in. #John Hemmings help us in House of Lords stop my Grandsons adoption. The foreign sw told me ‘Grandparents have no rights’ and laughed. Work with charity Grandparents Plus..and Family Rights group CEO Cathy. Currently with Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane.
  • commented 2016-08-16 13:30:37 +0100
    PLEASE. I have not seen my daughter in a month due to false allegations and court has still not happened. Can someone contact me – there is not information on the site about how to contact people. I am desperate to get advice. I live in Scotland, so it is the Scottish legal system.
  • commented 2016-08-16 13:30:36 +0100
    PLEASE. I have not seen my daughter in a month due to false allegations and court has still not happened. Can someone contact me – there is not information on the site about how to contact people. I am desperate to get advice. I live in Scotland, so it is the Scottish legal system.
  • commented 2016-08-16 13:24:41 +0100
    The links do not work for me. I need help getting my daughter back home, someone please contact me.
  • commented 2016-07-11 04:54:47 +0100
    I really need some help regarding my two children. Please can somebody PLEASE contact me
  • commented 2016-06-07 21:14:06 +0100
    I have bee trying to find some help to sort out the rediculous mess that the ss have done to my family and the lies the hospital quoted backed up by the lying so called experts covering up hospital negligence. And legalised child theft under false pretences. Even the police help cover it up without knowing that the hospital neglected my child. They were going to shut this particular hospital down in 1999. The nurses were taking drugs to stay awake for multiple 12 hour shifts. The police were also taking drugs. The police manipulated the photos with brown filters. Making everything appear worse. I knew so much about the corruption in this area. I believe that this was all done to destroy my credibility. And to help keep the hospital open. They also could not afford a scandal as this sort of scandal would have been huge. My solicitors did not do what I asked. I have learning difficulties that have just come to light over the past 2 years or so. Dyslexia. Autism and adhd I have done the preliminary tests and have been advised to go for further testing. Both my solicitors had the same name confussing me. And I was terrorised out of my flat. This evidence was in the local paper. I had an appropriate adult. But that stopped. I did not understand what was going on. Or how to deal with it. I found it overwhelming. As all I was trying to do was protect my child. I have the evidence needed to put it back in court but my daughters so called NEW parents have her red book. The hospitals neglidence is in that too. With all the evidence put together the case would never have got as bad as it did. We probably would still be a family. Can someone help me uncover the truth from all the lies. Oh and the physcology so called expert did my evaluation in my absence. This should have been reheard along the other 196 cases that were thrown out of court in 2004/5 or six. When there was a massive hearing. My family and I lost out. And everytime some one takes a few cases we miss out again I believe my case should be reheard too. I think that there should be a closed inquest into my case. Can someone please please help my family and I fix this massive problem. I fear that something similar will happen all over again. But if my credibility was restored I would have a better chance in fighting it. The solicitor deliberately if I was guilty. And stopped me from representing myself. Even though I had a lot to say. The court were made aware.of.the perjury of the must workers they advised to get the police to investigate. The police have not investigated. I have 3 points of law to take it back but no support. As my original solicitor has refused to represent me. As I made a complaint against them. For good reason. I might add. The legal aid system has been stripped away so we cant get it back into court without financial backing. I have had correspondence with the bar pro honor team. They want all my evidence. I don’t want to just give it to them for fear of losing it. As it took me 12 years to piece it all together. And I just don’t want to lose it all. The authorities involved have removed the web pages that contain the information I have in my possession. Someone was threatening to torch my flat the one I am in noe. Just to burn the evidence that I have. WHY. that’s because someone is rattled by what I know and the evidence that I have obtained. So this is not going away. I feel that I am being punished for something that never happened. My children too. And I am still being punished now. I have. Had enough of the terrorisation that I have had because of authorities that are supposed to be there to help families stay together not rip them to shreds. isn’t social services supposed to represent help people socially. I don’t know how to talk to or deal with what is effectively my estranged daughter. And I have to lie about everything based on someone elses lies. I don’t like that one bit. I think that the truth should come out even if its for their benefits. I have a son now. who’s contact person was completely anti me as a result I thought that was it with my son. And that she would never in a million years change her tune. But she has to my absolute surprise. Especially as at the start she was goading me trying to get me to lose control. Basically testing me on every contact. Please could you contact me in order that I can get some help putting this unfortunate situation to bed. I have more to say but I cant put it all on here.
  • commented 2016-06-03 12:24:55 +0100
    Please can someone contact me, need advice before Monday, something very wrong is going on with my family, it’s been going on for 5 years, but now is crunch time and I desperately need advice. Thank you.
  • commented 2015-12-21 14:34:56 +0000
    please can someone tim or john contact me as im need advice on my child in jan they are planning a legal planning meeting as my child was on a child in need then they put him on a child protection and now legal planning. they wanted me to sign a sec 20 but we said no so i have sent my boy to my mum’s under a famliey arrangment but they are pushing my mum to be a foster carer under sec 20, need help please.
  • commented 2015-10-11 21:40:17 +0100
    Cafcass officer Yvonne Smith driver from Leeds bribed our daughter with the activities she does in foster care and tried to say if she went home I wouldn’t let her continue going to them. My daughters answer was I know my mum she will take me wherever I want to go. She also put in her report that my daughter lived on a diet of wedges and smash, I have never given anyone in my family smash. And our sons Guardian Adrian Smith from Leeds said I lacked insight into our children because the day after they took our daughter away I was suicidal. What normal parent would not feel like that? my children are my life. That day I ended up at the doctors and had a telephone consultation with the mental health team I was in such a state and she said that how I was feeling was perfectly normal. When is this blatant abuse of authority going to be stopped?
  • commented 2015-10-11 21:26:36 +0100
    The guardians were totally against us and our children, whatever the social worker did and said they took exactly the same view, notes were passed round in the court room right under the judges nose from social worker to her barrister, then to our sons barrister then to our daughter’s barrister and then passed to both guardians. We just had no chance in court. Judicial reveiw has been turned down so we are now trying to work out what we can do next to get our daughter home. Please John and the team can something be done to stop these travesties of justice and bring restoration to our familys.
  • commented 2015-10-11 21:18:08 +0100
    Something needs to be done and fast people’s lives and families are being torn apart. Its time there was an independent enquiry into the practices of social services. When a child is in real danger they seem to either miss it or completely ignore it even to the point of shutting people up with threats of never seeing their child again. This has happened to a friend who’s daughter has been wrongfully placed with her alleged abuser.
    They will never admit they made a mistake, it happens cause we are all human and can and do sometimes make mistakes, but to totally refuse as in our case and then try to permanently divide our family is just the worst nightmare. These people have power but they should have humility with that power and a willingness to stop and reassess their position rather that let these travesties of injustice keep happening to good and loving parents.
  • commented 2015-10-11 18:46:53 +0100
    To many childre are being took off parents who have done nothing wrong all due to faulse accusations. What is being done to help stop this from happening. I havent seen my boys for 6weeks now due to false reports and alligations against me.
  • commented 2015-09-29 19:20:58 +0100
    I have also tried to add a case and once you fill in the first form it won’t open the page. I have emailed and was told to fill out a new case form. There is a lot of injustice in our courts and social services think of themselves beyond reproach and are abusing their authority. Having said that due to media and political pressure like the threat of prison for social workers who fail to act in certain cases could well be adding to their determination to get their way when going to court. Unfortunately perfectly good parents like my family are torn apart causing more emotional harm to the whole family. My daughter just wants to come home but after a 5 day hearing in July social services justification for their actions was that due to myself and my husband having experienced trauma in our pasts we cannot meet our children’s emotional needs. They didn’t succeed in removing our son but still have our daughter they think until she is 18.
  • commented 2015-08-07 07:13:35 +0100
    Family assessment was carried with no home visit. CAFCASS report a high number of erronious statements. Two day cross examination. How much for Mckenzie friend in hampshire Portsmouth .? For moral support. Poss seeking family barrister.
  • commented 2015-06-26 20:56:56 +0100
    trying to do new case can not complete forms a and b , i need to speak to someone asap to stop complete lies from a independent social worker about me the hole assessment on me is wrong made up misleading and painted a bad picture of me ,
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  • commented 2014-07-27 10:54:19 +0100
    Hi Greg – Please email Emily is the initial contact point for JFF and the only person who sends out application forms.
  • commented 2014-07-26 10:07:09 +0100
    How can I contact these people other than by phone? Could you please post e-mail contact information for those of us who don’t live in the UK? Thanks.
  • commented 2014-07-16 17:22:43 +0100
    i think john hemming and is team are fab and they deserve medals