Let me get as controversial as I can as quickly as I can.
A nationwide review of child protection services has been launched after two men were found guilty of involvement in the death of a 17-month-old baby who suffered horrific injuries after being used as a “punchbag”.
In a case described as one of the most severe child protection failures since the murder of Victoria Climbié, the boy’s mother had earlier pleaded guilty to involvement in his death.
The abuse of the child, known in court as Baby P, was said to have taken place over eight months, during which time the boy was on the child protection register of Haringey – the same local authority that was found to have failed seriously in its duty of care to Victoria, who died eight years ago
Baby P, who was 17 months old, died after months of being used “as a punchbag” and then having his back and ribs broken, the court heard.
Baby P died because of child protection. Because all the agencies and ‘protection’ professionals were looking in the wrong direction for the wrong thing by the wrong people. Time and again this happens – children beaten up, sexually abused and killed, by truly dangerous people who are invariably known to them and are almost always their carers. But council officials, the police, social services, all look for menaces which simply aren’t there and I’m sick of it. They spend time banning lone walkers in parks because they might be paedophiles who might attack children. They stop tourists taking photographs which might contain children for fear that they might be dangers. They set up whole safeguarding authorities on top of criminal record vetting systems for Christ’s sake…and Baby P? He is allowed to die. With the mentality we’ve allowed to run rampant it was inevitable.