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Saturday, August 18, 2007
  Another angle of parents and childrens social services
The link is to this story:

A girl yob aged 14 who started a £1million blaze was locked up yesterday - to save her from her parents' bad influence.

Although I am unsure how prison will be any better than living at home it was probably the right thing for the judge to do, much that this was more for punitive reasons than anything else.

However, we do really need to identify what we are asking CSS to do. If we mix up too many tasks then we really get in a mess.

This is where conflating S31 and S20 of the 1989 Childrens Act. When parents "lose control" of their children the local authority is supposed to step in. I am not sure, however, that I would be critical of the CSS in this instance.

However, the focus at the moment is on baby broking. At the same time we have a Chief Constable talking about children being taken into care because they drink alcohol. Given the track record of "care" for aubstance abuse that does not seem a good idea.

I do think, however, that we need to rethink the whole system and where action is taken by which organisation and what action should be taken.

*CSS - Childrens Social Services

I use this description because most people refer to "Social Services", but actually is is now officially "Childrens Services", but that is mainly education and it takes some time for people to catch up with administrative reorganisations. Hence CSS.
 
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