Thursday, November 13, 2008
An Unrealistic Goal
I'm only going to make one comment about the 'Baby P' tragedy. The Government has quite rightly announced a review, and hopefully that will lead to improvements in procedures in the future. What annoys me, however, is politicians and the media making fatuous statements along the lines that "we must ensure that this never happens again", or similar. I'm sorry, but this is simply not possible. Our system may not be perfect (and I'm saying nothing about the facts in this particular case), but thankfully it tries to keep children with their families wherever possible, and so long as that is the case then mistakes will occur and children will suffer (remember, the real culprits are the perpetrators of the abuse, not the local agencies involved). Of course, we should do everything we can to keep mistakes to a minimum, but to suggest that the system can 'guarantee' the safety of all children is a nonsense.