Protecting Our Children: Fifty Tough Questions

This has been another tragic, gut-wrenching week for children who have failed to be protected in our society. Our relatively wealthy, seemingly well-educated, society with a framework for support through health and social services has failed these children. But it’s broken, isn’t it? It must be if we continually find we cannot protect our children.

IMG_1536I cannot bear to read the stories about baby Eliza Mae in Carmarthenshire but know for the little girl’s sake I must. I haven’t got the stomach to report the headline story here by way of a link to my post’s theme. Then there’s the circumstances surrounding the death of a 2 year old girl in Bradford, reported this week. Then the report into the circumstances around 7 week old Jamie Kightley’s death in Northampton. This is just ONE news day.

It is incomprehensible to many how small babies cannot be protected in their own homes. While in other parts of the world, children are dying on a daily basis through starvation and the direct impacts of military conflict – we fail to protect ours despite pretending to have everything in place to prevent such things from happening. I don’t believe social workers are super human, I don’t believe that one service or agency is responsible or can be held accountable. I think there should be URGENT action for all organisations involved in safeguarding children to work together properly.

I have a multitude of questions whirring around my head. Mainly for the government, for the heads of services in the local areas, community leaders, neighbours, the parents themselves. And I feel for parents this could be therapeutic to ask these questions? So what would you ask and to whom? If you were face to face with someone who could take action, what you want to know? Add your comment below or on our Facebook page.

When we’ve compiled 50 questions, we’ll publish and share, share, share!

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6 Comments on “Protecting Our Children: Fifty Tough Questions”

  1. To the community

    – open your eyes, listen. If something doesn’t feel right report it. We need to interfere. What’s stopping us looking out for children?

    To the government

    – why are you not making it easy for us to report things to do with child protection?

  2. 1. When will there be an information sharing protocol agreed so that agencies involved in children’s lives can talk to one another about concerns they have about child safety ?

    2. Is it Govt policy to demonise the poor resulting in children living in extreme poverty and at risk of malnutrition, ill-health and potential harm as parents struggle to cope ?

    I could go on, but these two questions will do for now.

    Thanks for doing this 🙂

  3. When are dog licences going to be re-introduced, at a decent rate, so that the system can be properly policed and only licenced breeders allowed?

  4. To no one in particular:

    Why don’t we license people to breed? There’s a proper screening system in place when adopting a child yet anyone with the ability to, can bring a new life into the world regardless of their mental, physical, intellectual and financial state without any question. Harsh? Yes of course but I honestly believe this is one way to protect children (and their parents) from truly dreadful living conditions, dreadful prolonged abuse and even death. I am not unkind or uncaring, I know how hard life can be for people and I know that there are very vulnerable groups out there. BUT, there’s only so much support that can be offered and funded. There’s a limited pot of money. Limited resources. Limited tolerance for this aborherebt behaviour. If people cannot make the right decisions then these decisions need to be taken out of their control.

    This would no doubt violate individual human rights but honestly I don’t care. It would be in place for the greater good. That should drive any policy in this respect. It would cost money to set up and administer. Yes. I have no idea how much but I am certain it would have overall longterm benefits to our society. Financial and more crucially otherwise. I accept this would change our society and indeed our entire political system. I know this will not happen at least not in my lifetime but I do hope for this…one day.

    I am speaking from the heart.

  5. Why, when we live in the age of advanced technology is there not joined up, co-ordinated information between key services relating to vulnerable families?

  6. To David Cameron.
    1. Why are so many children, babies even, dying under your administration?
    2. How can you not see that drastic underfunding and cuts to these services is having a direct effect on the welfare of future generations?
    To families and neighbours.
    3. Did you honestly not notice anything?
    4. Did the parents reach out to you?
    5. Did the services available fail you?

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