Pre-inquest life and ‘whistle blowing’

I’ve written various posts in the last week or so, consigning them to the saved draft folder because of the Contempt of Court Act 1981. Clearly stated here about the ongoing Hillsborough inquests:

The Attorney General wishes to draw attention to the risk of publishing material, including online, which could create a substantial risk that the course of justice in the inquests may be seriously impeded or prejudiced, particularly as this inquest involves a jury.

We’ve been given (or taken) a good run for our money on this really. As a sociologist I’m all for making visible typically invisible practices. And we’ve discovered way too many dark and shady public sector corners and deep holes in the last two years or so, documented on these pages and at At the same time, despite clearly identified failings in the coronial process, we have to sit back and hope that there will be #JusticeforLB.

On a related note, a lengthy document was shared with us, indirectly, this week. This document, a letter, involves some tooth enamel removing content. An extraordinary mix of truth/untruth, viciousness and hysteria. And a depressingly weighty dose of mother blame. It was her wot dunnit type stuff.

Deep thanks and respect to the person who shared this document with relevant people/legal teams. For their integrity and commitment to transparency. To making visible the stories/accounts circulating behind closed and armoured (public sector body) doors.

With a ladleful of irony, I won’t be tweeting or blogging as openly or transparently for the next two weeks. Here’s a photo of an extraordinary band who blasted some joy into the everyday lives of people passing by in Oxford city centre yesterday. A bit of light in our fucking foul lives right now.L1016172-3

13 thoughts on “Pre-inquest life and ‘whistle blowing’

    • Have followed every tweet for past two weeks
      Bless you brave and very excellent Sara.
      Thank you for all you have done, and for all you have endured over such a long time, for my son too. And for what you have done for every one of the parents who have tried as best they could, and failed, to achieve justice for beloved sons and daughters, all hurt and or hurting from lack of proper care.

  1. Sara, my thoughts will be with you both over the next 2 weeks alongside many more supporters of this journey in ” justice for LB.” Good luck – stay strong. x

  2. It’s sounds so trite, doesn’t it, ‘thinking of you’? One of those mindless phrases we trot out. But this time there is surely a tidal wave of truly mindful thought energy racing towards that court room.

  3. I’m with you Louise ^^ – it sounds meaningless to say I’ll be thinking of you all Sara, but I truly do mean it. I can’t imagine how painful this whole process will be, no matter what the outcome. As someone else commented on twitter this week, I believe that this will be something many of us look back on and see as a turning point, both with regards to the need for transparency and the needs of all the LBs out there.

  4. I know you will be entering the ring fully prepared for whatever they try to throw at you. I’d wish you luck, but luck is capricious–instead, I wish you tenacity and strategic acumen. And, of course, justice.

  5. I am totally following you. I am a mother in solidarity. I understand the place you are in. I understand the place others want to put you in. Take care, you are not alone. A lot of good people are watching you. I hope that helps.

  6. Where there was “room” for error that led to such terrible tragedy, let there be NO room for error within this inquest and no stone be left unturned. I know I speak for many parents of young adults with autism, we are observing this case very closely as it speaks to the hearts of many us in similar “impossible” scenarios not knowing where to turn, who to turn to, that would care for our adult child in a humane, caring way that we have done, all of their lives until the point such a serious “crisis” occurs, one is unable to care for their dear child, within the community, within their home surroundings. The new Statutory Guidance March 2015 Autism Act was “published” yet appears to have been kept “hidden” from the majority of parent/carers of adult children with autism. Many whom I’ve spoken to about this new Statutory Guidance have remain completely unaware of this and to my knowledge (as subscriber to NAS) was never published. Even Norman Lamb MP quotes right at the bottom of his “speech” on this new Law, this could take many years to role this out to become “effective”. It does not bode well. Leaving it to parents to “enforce” this Law upon CCG’s to provide community care for adults with autism and prevent the current practice of sectioning or criminalising (imprisoning) young people with autism, destroying their right to an education pathway and future within society by removing them from society.

    We are extremely fortunate you are of a such an intellectual standing and position to challenge the tragic consequence of lack of care towards Connor. We can only hope from this tragedy, your actions to secure justice will have a positive knock-on impact for all the most vulnerable young children with autism, with/without learning disability/epilepsy. We stand behind you and your family to seek justice for Connor and to please stay strong during this immensely difficult time.

    It is hoped you and your family are successful in a corporate manslaughter/negligence case and urge you to continue with conviction to pursue this and to ASK for support from all quarters possible for financial assistance or otherwise from as many of us as you can reach via social media, to support you and your family for justice for Connor.

    There are no words that can describe how sad I am for the loss of your dear son Connor and for this preventable tragedy had your concerns been treated seriously. Instead (despite your good standing in society as a Doctor) as many a parent of a child with autism (whether child, teenager or adult) will testify, our concerns are treated with utter contempt and nefariously.

    I hope you will not be offended by me leaving you with the following that I draw close to during my trials with my own young adult son with autism in the “claws” of authorities right now that I am battling against

    Psalm 23
    A psalm of David.

    1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,
    3 he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
    4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
    I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
    5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


    Thinking of you and praying for you and your family.


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