Make Up Your Minds, Will You?

Public: ‘Make the authorities take all the responsibility – for the children!!’

At times, the review concluded, Daniel appeared to have been “invisible” against the backdrop of his mother’s controlling behaviour. Professionals failed to act on “what they saw in front of them” but accepted parental versions of events.

The review team also accused Daniel’s school of having a “dysfunctional” approach to children’s safeguarding issues, highlighting that teachers had noticed injuries to his face and had locked away pupils’ lunch boxes to stop him stealing food, but had not taken effective action to help him. Health professionals and social workers had been too quick to accept that injuries needing hospital treatment including a broken arm and a cut over the eye were the result of accidents – though it also said they were under pressure because of high workloads and understaffing.

In addition it emerged in the report that police attended Daniel’s “chaotic” household almost 30 times in response to reports of domestic abuse in the six years before his death and it suggested officers could have done more to make sure he was being well treated.

Authorities: ‘Take the responsibility away from us – for the children!!’

Fay Maxted, the chief executive of another of the coalition members, the Survivors Trust, said: “Spotting the signs of child abuse can be challenging, and all too often reports that should be made are not because of misplaced loyalty to the institution or friendship with the alleged perpetrator. If law is introduced, staff will have no doubt what to do, and they would have legal protection from recrimination which presently can follow when a member of staff takes the conscientious step of reporting.”

Public: ‘Yes, what a great idea! Parents shouldn’t have to take responsibility either – for the children!!’

The initiative, announced by the British Dietetic Association and the Children’s Food Campaign, comes in the wake of a nationwide survey in which 78 per cent of respondents said they found junk food at checkouts “annoying” . It also found that 83 per cent have been pestered by their children to buy junk food at the checkouts and 75 per cent have given in to their children and bought something because they were pestered.

Nearly 2,000 people took part in the Chuck the Junk Survey, of which the majority were women and two-thirds had children.

I despair…

7 comments for “Make Up Your Minds, Will You?

  1. mona
    September 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

    The only time the Authorities will sit up and notice a child is a rascist remark, from what I have seen rascist remarks are what teachers look out for, , a starving beaten child attending school cannot be protected as we know what is important to teachers.

  2. john in cheshire
    September 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Here’s a novel idea, instead of more interference by public bodies, why not try less? Sack all the social workers for a start. Maybe if we hadn’t been conditioned into thinking that all situations were to be managed by’the authorities’,we wouldn’t be so reluctant to pay attention to what is happening around us.

    • Mudplugger
      September 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      The alternative is to go the other way. At birth, hand over all children to ‘the authorities’ who would then have clear and absolute responsibility for them until they leave full-time education.

      Parents would pay a fixed monthly sum (easier, now all Mums could work full-time without any childcare worries) for the whole shebang, collecting a fully-formed, if slightly brainwashed, young adult after school or university.

      Taking parents out of the picture completely would place full accountability in the ‘authorities’. What’s to lose ?

  3. Bunny
    September 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

    In line with John’s comment, we also have a judiciary which can impose life sentences, in this case the perpetrators should be imprisoned for a whole life tariff and be buried in a prison cemetery. Also the police attended the child’s home 30 times in six years, there is also plenty of scope there too, to action a prosecution.

    The framework to put a decent preventative system is in place, the people are there already, but in this instance they didn’t do it. So they now want more powers, sorry use the existing ones you have.

  4. September 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    “”75 per cent have given in to their children and bought something because they were pestered.””

    That’s what the back of the hand was invented for 😈

  5. September 20, 2013 at 2:58 am

    In this specific case, no action was taken because the perpetrator was the mother. All too often it is the mother, and the authorities continually fail to ‘act’.

    I don’t know the figures for the UK but in Oz it is a well known and oft’ repeated ABS Stat that child sexual abuse in Oz is 30.2% by a male relative and 11.1% by a ‘stranger’. That covers everyone except the one grouping who are never mentioned.

    The 58.7% of perpetrators who are never mentioned are female relatives – a bureau-word for ‘Mothers’.

    Cruelty and neglect are predominantly female too. The police rarely act against the mother, nor do the social services.

    A father merely has to raise his voice and he is in jail faster than the sound of a police siren echo diminishing.

  6. Errol
    September 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    It is a sad indictment that a teacher doesn’t ask why a child is stealing food. The obvious ‘that he’s hungry’ seems to have passed them by.

    Those social workers visited this abused child 30 times. In all that time they failed in their duty. They, and their management, and their managers should be sacked going all the way to the top until you hit the chief executive. At each point, no severance pay, no pension. Charge them with child abuse themselves. Throw the book at each and every one of them.

    But no. That won’t happen. Who’s betting: “lessons learned, changes made”, the usual BS and nice, closed ranks.

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