This week, an injunction has been lifted which means we can view a video taken by a man as social services and police took away his six-hour-old child. The footage, which was secretly filmed on a webcam at the man’s home in April 2013, shows social services accompanied by at least one officer violently wrenching the child from its distressed and screaming mother. You can hear one social-service worker telling the mother: ‘We are going to have to take [baby J]. I don’t want to have to get physical.’ The father of the child responds: ‘We have complete parental responsibility, we’re married. How the fuck did you lot get that parental responsibility? Who gave the judge that responsibility?’
In June, Staffordshire County Council applied for a contra mundum injunction to prevent the dissemination of the video which, by that time, had been shared widely on Facebook and other social media. Another video of an hour-long interview that the couple did with a current-affairs website, the UK Column, has also been removed from the internet.
Not only did the order prevent the viewing of the video, but it also prevented anyone, including the parents of the child, from discussing the video with any person, any news outlet reporting on its existence, and any identification of the parents or the social workers or the council that had applied for the injunction. This was allegedly intended to protect the identity of the child and would be in place until 2031 when J turns 18.