Annie’s son was removed from her just days after he was born, the third of her children to be taken into care. This is the story of her battle to get him back by Louise Tickle
Annie’s son was removed from her just days after he was born, the third of her children to be taken into care. This is the story of her battle to get him back.  Guardian 20 February 2016
Louise Tickle writes on family issues for the Guardian
Louise Tickle

Annie has had
three children taken into care


This is the story of her fight to keep the youngest

Guardian Weekend, Saturday 20 February 2016



Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Sleepless nights reporting the family court


Care proceedings are held in private: publishing details is usually a contempt.

Here’s how I went to court to argue for the right to tell Annie’s story.




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About Louise

An award-winning freelance journalist, Louise specialises in education and social affairs investigations. She has written extensively on domestic abuse, the effects of poverty on children’s education, and child abuse and safeguarding in the state school sector. She has a particular interest in the family courts and is a member of The Transparency Project which aims to promote openness and understanding of the family court system in England and Wales.


In 2016 Louise was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism for her work on the care system, cuts to legal aid affecting families’ access to justice, and the risks to unaccompanied child refugees travelling alone through Europe. She won the outstanding national journalism prize at the 2014 CIPR Education Journalism Awards, and was the winner in the outstanding schools journalism category in 2013 and 2015. She won the Rosemary Goodchild Award for Sexual Health Journalism run by Brook and the Family Planning Association in both 2013 and 2014.


An early foray into training in post-conflict Kosovo saw Louise spend nine months working with local journalists to improve independent reporting in the run-up to elections. She’s since designed and delivered courses for NGOs, social enterprises and HE/FE institutions in the UK and abroad. A confident and engaging public speaker and commentator, Louise is available to to chair conferences, workshops and seminars.


Louise lives near Bristol with her partner and two young sons, and heads west to the Pembrokeshire coast whenever she can.