One of the other girls says: “When we don’t have food at home, my mum sends us all to Kids Company and tells us to make sure we get seconds.”
I bet she takes the child benefit that’s supposed to feed and clothe you though, eh?
And if you dare to take issue with this, you’re clearly a herd-hearted rightwing bitch who wants children to starve!
I ask him, slightly desperately, if there is any sunlight in this story. “Yes, of course. When you feed a child, when you provide a family-like environment, they thrive. They turn in to fine young people. And it doesn’t cost much.”
Well, apart from the slow erosion of the idea that children are the responsibility of their parents,,,
The children and young people who come to Kids Company are generally 15 times more likely than the average to have experienced severe or extreme levels of emotional neglect. They are 13 times more likely to have experienced severe or extreme levels of sexual abuse. Half of them report having seen someone shot or stabbed in their community within the past year.
And aren’t these all crimes the supposedly-benevolent state is suposed to resolve?
Spanish-born Maria Nieto came here as a nurse four years ago. “I see a lot of children with dry skin which is the first sign of malnutrition,” she says. “Obviously some are extremely thin but there are others who are overweight. Which is a sign they are eating badly.” Too many, she says, will be sent to the fried chicken shop to load up with nutrient-low chicken and chips as a replacement for a proper meal. I ask her if she ever finds herself judging the parents. She shakes her head.
Of course she doesn’t. Would a farmer judge her sheep, for being so dim they require her shepherding? It is. after all, making her a nice living…