Child abuse reports are to be published

Full reports of official investigations into recent notorious cases of crimes against children are to be published, ministers have confirmed.

Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said the serious case reviews into the deaths of Baby Peter and Khyra Ishaq would be released in full.

In an interview with Children and Young People Now, Mr Loughton said: “When you read some of these reviews it becomes clear that a lot of fault can be laid at the door of other agencies.

“Yet it is always social workers who take the brunt of the criticism.

“Actually, this is a way of helping to restore some of the lost confidence in social workers.”

I have only just picked this story up, via BBC News.   But I am personally delighted to read that child abuse reports are to be published.  I have no problem with the removing of the names of those abused. Just get it all out in the open, so as to open the eyes of those who refuse to see.  Maybe I would question the need to use the word ‘notorious’, if only because abuse is abuse.

There are many more reports that should be published in full, also.  Investigations carried out under the banner of ‘Adult Protection Procedures’, or ‘Safeguarding Adults’, for example. This is often abuse of elderly vulnerable people.  It is also often criminal.

As long as it’s all kept ‘behind closed doors’, nothing will change.  Social Workers may well continue to bear the brunt of criticism  – even though there are many other agencies involved.  But, if it’s all kept ‘secret’, in spite of the NO SECRETS policy that was hailed loud and clear a while ago, nothing will change.  And vulnerable elderly people will continue to be abused.

Until the Baby Peter case, I knew nothing of ‘serious case reviews’.  I  have since learned that there are far fewer serious case reviews conducted where elderly people are the subject of neglect or abuse.  The one is voluntary; the other is obligatory.  Why should elderly people be treated differently by the law-makers and by the protectors?

Yes, I am speaking largely now about those elderly vulnerable adults in residential care.  Abuse takes many forms – which is something that not a lot of people realise, to paraphrase a well hackneyed phrase, albeit a true one.

As a so-called society, we show far too often that we care less about the abuse and neglect of Older People than we care about children.  That has got to change.

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