The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Wednesday, September 10, 2008

High Risk...

First, let me remind you that I believe some of the best people in the world work in the field of child protection. These are the folks who look at every child in their case load as if that child was their own, always working diligently to ensure that everything that can be done to help that child, is.

Having said that, I must also confirm that too many social workers, child protection caseworkers or however you label them, are just there to show up, put in their hours, call it a day around 5pm and grad their checks on the way out on Friday afternoons.

I'll let you decide what category these folks belong in.

A baby boy had his back broken at the climax of eight months of violence leading to his death, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

The 17-month-old had been placed on Haringey council’s child protection register eight months before he died, the jury was told.

The mother and her partner were on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of assaulting the child before his death.

Doctors and social workers had seen the toddler in the run-up to his death, the court heard.

They feared that the mother could neglect and physically abuse the baby.

Yet 'Baby P' was still returned to his mother and died in circumstances which would be 'likely to fill any reasonable person with revulsion', the court heard.
Eight months? Eight months of fearing for this child, of knowing the situation he was in, the abuse that he lived with every day... and yet he wasn't taken from the home? Honestly, at some point- these other people began sharing responsibility for the suffering this child was forced to endure while they stood back merely doing nothing more than 'fearing' that he'd be abused.

Hat tip ALuckyLady