Hilarity. The world is just one giant Comedy Club.
Look at Gordon Browns super comments on Baby P today for example. I did a child protection course 2 weeks ago with 3 groups given different signs of possible abuse. 50 examples in total shared between them. They were graded in severity and grouped.
Turned out ALL 50 were signs of abuse missed by Haringey SS in the case of Victoria Climbie. Its hard to believe that in this new case, they were actually GIVEN ACTUAL cases of obvious physical abuse several times over and still released the child to its doom.
I did the same course several months ago, and was appalled, that despite new procedures being put in place, exactly the same mistakes with the BabyP incident.
I am also appalled that the "blame game" is now being played out too. Stop blaming each other, work together and NEVER let this happen again. How many defenceless youngsters have to go through so much abuse, neglect and death before something "REALLY" gets done to prevent it happening again?
I was led to believe that after the death of Victoria Climbie, all concerned parties had to talk to each other to prevent this happening again. I am so saddened at this.
I'm lucky (if thats a fortunate way of putting it) to be aware of this, even with children, the elderly and mentally vulnerable to have done (and continue to do so) courses workshops and training. While that doesn't make me an expert, it does open your eyes that it does happen, and is more widespread than you might think. We actively supported elderly abuse day (an unfortunate description, but thats how it was described ) in September and the stories you hear range from the 'subtle' to the extreme. Unfortunately these cases are often 'ignored' or 'forgotten' by the relevent agencies far to often. Take the recent Wirral case of an elderly adult living alone in a house. No heating. No electricity. Unable to remove rubbish so the house begins to fill u withtrash and rotting food etc. Sounds familiar? Now the good bit....
The gas/electric meter reader called round and was let in. He saw the state of the place, was worried about no electricity and heating etc, and contacted the nearest social service. Their answer...?
"What makes YOU an expert in welfare? Have you got a certificate?". Obviously he was apalled and took it further (Front Page news in fact, locally).
Oh yes. Makes you feel all warm inside doesn't it? Imagine yourself in 20 odd years time when todays generation (yes, THAT one!) are the ones looking after you.