The ‘unseen and unheard’ children

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Why are abused children left unprotected?

The BBC reports how often children are abused in their home or in the community with only a slim chance of being protected. Nobody can really claim any more that it’s something they never knew could happen, certainly not the child protection services.  Yet we don’t seem to be making progress.  Why not?  It’s safe to assume it’s because very few care. This is the message coming out of the failures of the police and social services in Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford and so many other places.  The authorities didn’t care enough to protect even the children in their care.  If they won’t do that, they definitely won’t care enough to challenge a parent who’s a sexual predator. It’s horrible work in any case and the more ‘powerful’ parents are, by being educated, having money or being able to make allegations of racism etc, the riskier it becomes to take them on.  Without solid support, child protection workers risk losing their jobs.  And their salaries are far more important to them than these children.

Here is the link to the report:

Multi-agency response to child sexual abuse in the family environment: joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs)

It concludes:

“In conclusion, we can no longer stay silent on this issue. We have to talk about it and act. Everyone needs to play their part in identifying, preventing and tackling child sexual abuse in the family environment.”

About time.

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