Sunday, November 16, 2008

Baby P

For the past few days, I've read with horror as details about the Baby P case have emerged in the press. It was made all the more real when pictures of him taken a few days before his death were published. Don't you just wish that you could have taken him in your arms, and just cuddled and cared for him so that he'd still be alive today? It's heartbreaking to think how much that poor child suffered. I just can't believe someone could treat him so appallingly. It really is beyond comprehension

Whilst I can understand why the press have responded so strongly to this story, it does worry me that they're targeting the individual social workers involved in the case to the point that some of them are feeling suicidal. Surely we shouldn't be conducting such a public witch-hunt. Its the parents that are ultimately at fault. They were obviously very good at covering their tracks, even smearing chocolate over his face.

Yes, lessons needs to be learnt and people should be disciplined if they led to his death, but what we should be focusing on is learning lessons from this. Unfortunately, its too late to help baby P but there are children out there today who are suffering terrible abuse. We can help and protect them, and I wish this outrage could be turned into something worthwhile and positive so that those children are saved. That's the only positive thing that could come out of this terrible tragedy.

1 comment:

transfattyacid said...

Is it a witchhunt?

Or is that 15 months after the event people are disgusted to learn that the social services and police were more interested in meeting performance targets than saving the life of this child?

You can't unelect any of these people, which leaves only this method, which unseemly as it is, does seem to be working.

Only on Wednesday Gordon Brown was attempting to get people to accept the deeply flawed - as admitted by it's own author Fergus Smith - review by the council, and because of public opinion he has now been forced to commison a review.

Where it ends who can say - perhaps with a system that focuses on people and not statistics.

As for the social worker Maria Ward feeling suicidal, you do have to wonder if it is the publicity, or the working conditions she is expected to work in, and the fact that despite her 'obvious' failing in the case, in terms of the department she was entirely successful in the role she was required to perform.