At breakfast this morning there I was watching an advert from NSPCC saying 32,000 children are at risk in Britain. How do we protect these children? The majority of them can be saved by early detection.
The NSPPC have their uses but early detection of child abuse is essential but not one of their strong points usually they only know after the abuse has taken place and the child is in hospital or worse.
This expertise for early detection of child abuse lies in the realm of the nearest and dearest , being mainly the grandparents who are in the best position to know their families shortcomings as they have usually suffered in the early stages of their son’s or daughter’s addiction. First hand knowledge and experience of their addiction to alcohol or drugs can be a life saver for children.
Why this phenomenon is not used and highlighted by the government beats the hell out of us. If the expertise and experience is there then it is criminal for the authorities not to use it for the protection of children. Children are dying because grandparents are not important enough to be classed as relevant persons in their grandchildren’s lives or to have at least information about their grandchildren’s welfare (as Children’s 1ST organisation has pointed out).
Grandparents are the biggest carer of children in times of crisis and save the country a fortune when social service turn up at the grandparents house at 2.00am in the morning asking grandparents to take the children in.
The “Charter for Grandchildren” created by the Scottish Government, if made mandatory for professionals who work in children’s welfare, will ensure the role grandparents can play in children’s lives would be used to the utmost for the child’s best interest.