Ranty Friday is my baby. My thing. My weekly rant about something that has got right on my wick. It makes me focus on being ranty one day a week and not every day (which, believe me, would be possible). But this week I read an email that made me reply with “You just wrote this week’s Ranty Friday”.
You see I was thinking the exact same thing and couldn’t have put it better myself.
So I haven’t. I have simply copied and pasted the email from my father in law, Mr B Sr, Jim to his friends:
Yet another distressing court case surrounding a young child tortured, beaten and neglected to such an extent that he was observed shortly before his death scavenging for food scraps in skips and bins. OK, those found guilty have been convicted and been sent to gaol; so that’s alright then! Ministers, and others in authority have come out with the usual mantras – “Lessons will be learned” and “Groups concerned must liaise with each other so that this kind of tragedy can NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!” “Police, Schools, Doctors and Social services must co-operate and share information”.Fine words and thoughts but what happened to all the lessons we learned last time and the time before that and so on and so on? Most unconnected people will probably direct their criticism towards those patient and hardworking souls who always seem to get the blame – the Social Workers! Successes are rarely reported but even minor mistakes get headline treatment and priority in TV and radio bulletins. Human nature! They get slated for intrusion on one hand; turning a blind eye on the other..Is it time to think of a new system? Overdue to my mind..County by county we would have in each town and district a Child Welfare Officer armed with a “whip” to ensure the necessary liaison occurs. Costly? – Yes but compared with the cost of the much-trumpeted Police Commissioners? OK, that’s in one scalepan – someone else work out, if you can, the cost of children’s lives and put that in the other pan. Go. Give it a try.
“At times, Daniel appeared to have been invisible,” says the Serious Case Review (SCR), noting that “there was very little evidence that Daniel was ever spoken to individually alone about his wishes and feelings.”