Panorama on children in care
is to Panorama's story on children in care in Coventry where they looked at the situation for children in Coventry by following them for 6 months.
Much that at times children do need to be taken into care, at other times they are kept from their families for no good reason.
The young Connor in the programme who has already had a disrupted (aka failed) adoption is a good example of a child who has many symptoms of reactive attachment disorder. This results in his behaviour being from time to time particularly difficult and would be likely to cause a subsequent adoption to fail. However, the authorities are set on getting him adopted again - this is probably the worst thing they could do to him and he would be best to remain with his current foster family.
The thing to note about this is that it is likely that the RAD has arisen subsequent to him being removed into care.
The older Connor is basically angry with the state for keeping him away from his mother and young half sister. He has been through over 10 placements. There appears no good reason as to why he cannot live with his mother. He is counting the days until he can escape from Care.
Then you have Shannon who appears to be part of a cycle of mothers and daughters brought up in care who learn patterns of behaviour which then results in them going to jail from time to time.
A fourth child, Hezron, seems to be doing well from the system and sees his mother as often as he wants (more like the Danish system).
At around 16 minutes into the programme Connor explains his understanding of the care system. Section 20 (voluntary care), Section 31 (Care orders) and adoption.
He says; "[Section 20] is better than being under Section 31. ... [referring to S31]That's one of the worst ones you can get. The worst one you can get is when you get adopted."
What this does is demonstrate the perspective of some of the children which is that they are being effectively punished by the state rather than protected.