It’s Official! You Are Now Guilty Until Proven Innocent…

…well, in Brighton & Hove anyway:

Any bruise discovered on a baby less than six months old will be treated as potentially suspicious, a children’s safety body has ruled.

The decision comes as a report by the Brighton and Hove Local Children’s Board showed complaints about possible abuse had soared in the past four years.

So, you can expect them to soar even higher, can’t you?

And incredible as it seems, they don;t have to go to far to find people willing to accept, even welcome, this:

The Argus put the news to Brighton mothers who are members of an online parenting forum.

Debbie Baker said: “I think it’s a great idea. It’s extremely uncommon for babies under six months to have surface bruising as they are immobile.”

It is, yes. But not the world around it – so now when mum drops something on baby (or drops baby!) will she pause before seeking reassurance from a doctor? Nor am I the only person to think this:

Sophie Pentland said: “If parents are being treated like potential abusers they are unlikely to go to the doctor about any concerns they have for their baby.

“Most people are good parents and don’t deserve to be treated suspiciously.”


A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman, on behalf of the board, said the action was always considered good safeguarding practice and there was an established process already in place.

He said it would not cause additional workload for any staff.


8 comments for “It’s Official! You Are Now Guilty Until Proven Innocent…

  1. ivan
    November 14, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Is this the first step to ‘all babies WILL be brought up in council controlled facilities’?

    Anyone that didn’t expect something like this when the right not to be tried for the same offence until the CPS got the result they wanted was removed – the law of unintended consequences always applies with any legislation.

    • November 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

      See both sides of this. This is what govt does – takes something hard to disagree with and offers to run it.

      • November 16, 2014 at 7:16 am

        Indeed, and it always turns out for the worst. Why don’t we learn?

  2. November 14, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Year 0 here we come I think Pol Pot tried this “state reared” children thing, it didn’t work to well there.
    What these interfering idiots don’t seem to realise is that all that will happen is people will become so scared to take their child for medical attention that children will suffer.
    There are illnesses that cause bruising, imagine being a mother and your baby presents with bruises and you’re worried but you won’t go to a GP because you will be investigated for abuse. your child could have leukemia and that could go undiagnosed because of a parental concern over accusations of abuse, so that by the time it is picked up it will be too late for treatment. It won’t be the authorities who get the blame it will be the parent.

  3. November 14, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Scotland now has “named persons” – state spies – to keep an eye on every child, in order that they are reared in the approved manner, with parents monitored for appropriate behaviour and children encouraged to rat on them.

    Expect this scheme to be extended south of the border in short order.

    • November 16, 2014 at 7:42 am

      It’s inevitable.. 🙁

  4. mona
    November 16, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Considering the revelations made about MP’s sexual depravity of the child rape and murders the happened (alleged?)at Dolphin Square, with the Elm guest house, North Wales, the Dickens porfolio,the obvious state protection of these VDP’s (very depraved people) in the highest ranks of government, to trust the welfare of your child to a government employee local or otherwise is downright dangerous, how many closet paedos lurking in the Hove Childrens Board.. wait ten or fifteen years for the answer.

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