Support Not Separation

SUPPORT NOT SEPARATION

In 2006, Payday joined DHS Give Us Back Our Children initiated by the Global Women's Strike in Philadelphia. It has since expanded in others US cities. We have campaigned with mothers and men supporting their partners against Social Services taking away their children because of poverty, racism and sexism. Few years later, the Support Not Separation  coalition was formed in the UK with similar aims. Payday is also part of the UK campaign and both groups regularly meet to share information and experiences.

In 2010, Payday contributed to the production of a video exposing the unfair treatment of mothers by the Department of Human Services (DHS), who very often has taken their children away because they were poor. In the words of Nancy Carroll from the Every Mother is a Working Mother Network : 'They don't want the family to keep the children because there is no money in it. If they take them out the home and put them with someone else there is money in it'.

For many years, Payday has joined the Support Not Separation monthly picket in front of the family court in London. With other organisations part of the coalition, we have highlighted the sexist, racist and classist bias of the court. We have attacked the 'fathers lobby' who has used the dubious concept of 'parental alienation' to press judges to grant contact and custody to men, some of whom have an history of domestic violence against partners and children. Read the statement 'A father & former social worker speaks out: Children don’t need violent fathers' by a member of Payday.

sns protest

In October 2017, we joined the protest organised by Legal Action for Women against the participation of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) at the Conference of Families Need Fathers (FNF), an anti-mothers lobby. Both CAFCASS and NSCPCC are institutions whose have a huge influence in the family courts.