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Opinions On Issues Of The Day- In Brief [Aug. 29th, 2014|11:26 am]
Tony Grist
Rotherham: Everyone who had anything to do with not protecting children should resign. It's the least they can do. Some of them should face prosecution.

Islamic State: Totally vile- but so is just about every other political group and government in the Middle East (including those we're allied with). The idea that we should curtail our liberties to guard ourselves against them is preposterous and pernicious.

UKIP: What a shower!

The EU: Looks like it's going to implode.

Boris Johnson: With any luck he'll be undone by his own irresponsibility and incompetence.

Scottish Independence: Bring it on. Anything that disrupts politics as usual has got to be a good thing.

[User Picture]From: ingenious76
2014-08-29 11:57 am (UTC)
You seem to be completely entrenched in the idea that everyone who has any responsibility - no matter how tangenital - does not care about children of the poor. Your comment "a complete change of heart" shows how little you know. Every single day, dozens - yes, dozens - of Child protection issues ranging from neglect to sexual abuse are filed by those of us on the frontline. Sometimes all we can do is file it and send it on. For example, if a kid in my Tutor group turns up with bruising, or I over hear he/she hasn't eaten for a couple of days, do I turn a blind eye? No, I do not. I'll add that do not fall into the trap of thinking that abuse and neglect only happens amongst the poor - there is a surprising amount of neglect among middle class suburbia. I've seen it.

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From: cmcmck
2014-08-29 01:11 pm (UTC)
I think I understand what Tony is trying to get at. It isn't those at the coal face who should be taking the blame- its those taking obscene salaries and claiming complete ignorance of the issues like Shaun Wright and Joyce Thacker whose heads need to roll.

I was a teacher on that same front line, working specifically with disabled and abused kids.

As you say: 'Sometimes all we can do is file it and send it on'
But then you'd tear your hair out and lose sleep over the fact that no one was actually damn well doing anything about the issues and you couldn't, directly and that was twenty plus years back.

It was egregious then and appears to have become even more egregious in this case with a whole slew of people making excuses for simply sitting comfortably by whist this obscenity occurred.

I have a special reason for knowing what it's like to be one of those kids. I'm an abuse survivor.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2014-08-29 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not attacking you- or anybody in particular -apart from those we know about who allowed the abuse to happen in Rotherham- but the facts and figures speak for themselves. 14000 kids in one not very large S. Yorkshire town; God knows how many more across the nation. The system is broken.

Yes, middle-class kids suffer too. Don't get me started on private education...

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[User Picture]From: ingenious76
2014-08-29 06:41 pm (UTC)
I never said you were attacking me.

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