Melanie Reid discusses child uplift controversy
Newsroom’s investigations editor Melanie Reid this week revealed a controversy over the Family Court's use of police to take children caught up in parental disputes from their homes.
Videos of two such without-notice ‘uplifts’ authorised by the court show a 5-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy being taken – from circumstances which did not involve risks to their safety. One parent had simply persuaded a judge operating online that the child was overdue and urged use of the police to get them.
Here, Reid discusses with RadioLIVE afternoon talk host Wendyl Nissen the background to the controversy – and the problems some caring parents can face when children refuse to return to another parent.
* Find Newsroom's Taken By The State series here
* See the original investigation
* Read responses by politicians Jacinda Ardern, Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett, and the Children's Commissioner
* Opinion: Retired Family Court judge John Adams
* Opinion: Child psychology expert Nicola Atwool