What is considered a safe environment for children?

When will someone take responsibility for vulnerable children?

Yesterday we heard in graphic detail of the murder of another child, a child who should have been protected by Social Services and all other agencies whose job it is to safeguard them.

Ayeeshia Jane Smith spent her short life in fear and pain.

A serious case review is now in place, but what is the point of these reviews, they all say the same thing, ‘lessons will be learnt,’ but they aren’t.

There are many children at risk, now, today this minute because social workers think it is ok for these young people to remain within a household of abuse and neglect.

It is ok for children to be living in alcohol and drug fuelled environments, it is apparently perfectly ok that a parents fridge is filled with booze but no food, it is ok for children to live in a household where they are left to their own devices whilst a parent is drunk.

There are of course some great social workers out there, swimming against the tide, doing there very best but sadly there are many who are just not looking after our young people.

It is a system in my opinion that is not fit for purpose.

Not one child should ever have to deal with an adult who abuses and neglects them. Even when they speak up and confide in others no-one will listen, no-one will support and do the right thing.

These children are growing up not trusting a living soul, and who can blame them?

Their window to the world is a dark place, where adults hurt them, physically and emotionally, how will they ever grow up to have a decent loving relationship with others, when all they know is that, those who are supposed to protect them, close their eyes and ears.

If you are a child who is reading this, please know that not all adults are to be mistrusted, there are people out there trying everything they know to help.

Although you may feel like all authorities have turned their back on you please just have another shot at talking to someone and ring Childline on  0800 1111 you can get online support as well.

The tragic cases that we continue to hear begs the question “Who is looking out for the youngsters?”

Jane

 

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Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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