Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Humiliating for who?

Whilst checking out the new (and much improved) Families Need Fathers website I came across a news story that I don't think I've mentioned before: the suspension of the Child Support Agency's 'naming and shaming' policy. As I have stated previously, I felt that the policy was pointless (save for showing that the government was 'doing something'), and John Baker, the the Chair of FNF, went further: "For a body whose purpose is essentially to protect the child, it is hard to see how public humiliation of one of its parents could possibly be appropriate". Just a few weeks after the policy started, the CSA acknowledged its ineffectiveness and did a U-turn.

It seems that rather than humiliating parents who fail to pay child support, the policy has only succeeded in humiliating the government.

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