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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
  Review into Child Protection
It seems to be that the government are going to have a review of Public Family Law. The question, however, is whether it will be wide ranging enough.

*edit Having Lord Laming look at what has happened since Climbie is thoroughly insufficient. Firstly, his proposals were unlikely to help in solving the wrong problem and actually making things worse. Secondly, this is taking the same person to look at the same issue which is likely to result in the same conclusions.

A typical family court nonsense.
 
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The central problem of this case is the tendency of bureaucracy to be counter intuitive and for professionals within that bureaucracy to believe that the structured confusion they adapt to is both human and humane.

It isn't.

Design and implementation of administration, monitoring of case work is based on a professional theory of 'mind' that does not consider real time and accruing issues for organisations that need dedicated community support (that itself is monitored.) over much longer budgeting periods.

It is no good to be able to 'fit' face to face substitutes into any case management template.

Professionals know this, and like deceitful and manipulative people they often work with, adjust their responses to the template rather than the job they really want to do.

Professionals need genuiness of purpose and real time community involvement in local areas that is budgeted for and seen as essential community and professional development.

This is the burning issue, now, for all bureaucracies, especially medical, social work and health professionals and the police service: how do they begin to create a workable connection with the really disconnected parts of our innermost cities (and souls) within a technological infrastructure desinged for the most part by very young people who live in the perpetual, fragmented now of frustrated online desire?

Systems of bureacucratic management of social problems are designed within this kind of mindset and, instinctively, professionals react ambivalently to this technology. At the moment it's narcissistic, we need people designing systems for social work professionals of all kinds who have worked in social inclusion successfully across the world.

The 'older' generation need to bite the bullet and get into their virtual and real neighbourhoods and reclaim the territory creatively and constructively: the unemployed, the housewives, the offenders, the retired are all restricted in their activities, restricted in being able to connect with the social problems around them becasue of this one dimensional bureaucracy and red tape.

If people felt their neighbourhoods: the empty properties, the shop units empty, the failing businesses around them were part of their neighbourhood and not just part of 'the market'...if government would give the green light to Job Centre Plus to pay unemplyed people, say £100 per week to choose a business or issue they want to help, give a structured account of what they want to do with that business or issue and a time scale, then you'd begin to make up the real gap in our society between the brutalised and the professional metricators and people would be able to help each other rather than just hate each other.

What do you think?
 
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