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Abuse Investigations should be taken away from Childrens Social Services - Hemming

Writing to Minister Kevin Brennan, John Hemming MP, chairman of Justice for Families, has called for the responsiblity for investigating allegations of Child Abuse to be removed from Childrens Social Services.

"With the sad death recently in 'Climbie' council Haringey of a 17 month old child in early August 2007, following the convictions for the murder of Leticia Wright in Huddersfield, it is quite clear that our system designed to protect children is failing." said Mr Hemming

"In the attempt to find "adoptible commodities" to satisfy the government's targets, serious cases of abuse have been missed."

"The police are far better at investigating allegations of abuse than Childrens Social Services. We need people who concentrate on issues of evidence."


"There is also a conflict of interest between being a support service and an investigative service. The two responsibilities need to be separated. In Cleveland it was found that practitioners came to a conclusion at the start of an investigation, rather than when the evidence was collated."


"In both of the recent cases as with Victoria Climbie there was very obvious physical maltreatment of a child. This is easy to spot. All they have to do is to make sure that they see the child. However, this did not happen."

"Other countries separate out the investigative functions from those which are supportive. We should do the same. I have argue for some time that the dysfunctional nature of the English and Welsh Childrens Social Services system causes both intervention to happen when it shouldn't and intervention to fail to happen when it should. Sadly the evidence in the newspapers proves the second part of this thesis."

"Haringey's response of shooting the messenger when someone warned the council they were leaving children at risk is a further obvious problem."

Note for Editor:
Haringey Whistleblower Story

Comments

"In Cleveland it was found that practitioners came to a conclusion at the start of an investigation, rather than when the evidence was collated."

Indeed they did John. Sue Richardson, who was the main social worker involved told a Social Services sub-committee, that I sat on, months before the story broke that in her opinion 1 in 3 children in Cleveland were being sexually abused. I was amazed at the time that Labour members took this as fact and as a result pressed for extra funding to deal with it.

Chris Abbott
ESCAPE said…
The sad thing is it is happening all over again. The doctors are still using the RAD method as we speak to snatch young children from their families. I know this is being looked into. I think this needs to be opened up before they abuse more children in this way. Parents are taking their children to see a peadiatrition for check ups for behaviour problems and are being subjected to the most horrific examinations, which then include all siblings being examined. These are caring parents who are seeking help, then have to leave their children in the hospital or be arrested by the police. This has to stop now. They are using this to get small children for adoption. Until the courts are open this sick practice will continue.

Chrissy Young
Layton said…
Over the last eighteen months I have had the sad task of counting and re-publishing all these tragic and avoidable deaths of children failed by UK social services.

A task that as been difficult and upsetting but someone, anyone surely had to keep count of this incredible incompetence resulting in the sheer waste of young lives.

Sadly, It’s now in the face of another tragedy that this scandal can finally be exposed

http://www.fassit.co.uk/the_young_victims.htm
Layton (Fassit)

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