The care system in this country for children is an absolute failure

This article was published by the Daily Express on Sunday, March 6, 2011. It prompted a grandfather to comment this:

The care system in this country is an absolute failure for children. BBC Eastenders have got it just right with Billy Mitchell and his partner and granddaughter being brought up in care. Non-achievers in life, unmanageable, unemployable, thinking only what they can screw out of life and don’t care who they hurt in the process. Social services work only for their own best interest and not the child’s.

River City is also portraying how women can manipulate the system against a father by using the police and getting away with it. This education for women inclined on using the system for alienation, revenge or just plain badness is readily available by contacting Woman’s Aid. The founder of this organization is disgusted by the way they conduct their service; it is a far cry from what she intended.

The government say grandparents are important in children’s lives but continue to fund Woman’s Aid to alienate the paternal grandparents in a child’s life. The SNP Scottish Government had it in their manifesto to continue funding Woman’s Aid.

Grandparents must be considered more via The Charter for Grandchildren for early intervention, protection and stability in caring for children. They are the only people who know their families’ shortcomings.

Jimmy Deuchars
Grandparents Apart UK
22 Alness Crescent
Glasgow G52 1PJ

0141 882 5658

Here’s the full article.

RECORD numbers of children are calling ChildLine to report abuse and neglect while in care, a new report reveals.

More than 3,000, some as young as five, contacted the help­line last year to report ­serious failings and weaknesses that included physical and sexual abuse, according to NSPCC research.

This represents one in 26 of all children in the care system and is a rise of more than 30 per cent over the past five years. Experts say the children who call ChildLine are the tip of the iceberg. Most never reach out for help.

The increase reflects the surge in children taken into care since the case of Baby Peter ­Connelly two years ago, together with an ­appalling lack of safeguards to protect them.

Official figures show the number taken into care grew eight per cent in 2009-2010 to more than 83,000 compared with the previous year. Peter Liver, director of ChildLine, said: ­“Every day looked-after children talk to us about lives filled with pain and hurt. We hear from children who have been beaten or ­sexually assaulted while in care. Others feel abandoned or unloved by their new carers. Many have reached crisis point.”

The charity has released the report as it concludes its Child’s Voice Appeal, Let No Cry Go Unheard, and is calling on the ­Government to make sure local authorities ­provide an advocate for all children in care.

The report, entitled Talking to ChildLine, records heartbreaking stories. Some ­children ­describe being “sick of life” and others say they want to “give up and die”.

Nearly 300 reported physical abuse and ­almost 250 complained of sexual abuse. ­Almost 150 youngsters sought advice for emotional abuse or neglect.

Among the harrowing cases is James, 12, who said: “I’ve been in and out of care all my life. No one wants me. I’m now living in a care home where there is lots of bullying. I get punched lots but the staff ignore it.”


The report can be found here. And the key findings are:

  • One in 26 of all looked after children in the UK were counselled by ChildLine in 2009/10.
  • ChildLine counselled 3,196 children and young people in 2009/10 about problems related to being looked after.


“Children in care” and “looked after children” includes all children being looked after by a local authority. This includes children: in residential and foster care; in young offender institutions, prisons and secure units; and accommodated in hostels by local authorities.

In total, 3,196 looked after children called ChildLine in 2009/10. As at 31 March 2009, there were 83,356 looked after children in the UK (DCSF, 2009; DHSSPS NI, 2010; StatsWales, 2010; The Scottish Government, 2010). This equates to one in 26 looked after children contacting ChildLine in 2009/10.


About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is
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