RECORD numbers of children are calling ChildLine to report abuse and neglect while in care, a new report reveals.
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 and work only for their own best interest and not the child’s.
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.
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.”
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