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Friday, 29 October 2010

Some not very nice people in the world

Believe it or not, I'm writing this blog in my notebook, before I transfer it to my laptop.  I thought perhaps I would get more inspiration if I tried writing in the old-fashioned way!  I've been wondering how my fellow bloggers go about writing their (very readable!) blogs.  Do they start it at a certain time every day, or do they just sit down whenever they have a minute to spare.  It would be interesting to know.

Thinking of my three much-loved grandchildren, an article caught my eye in the media yesterday.  A damning report just published revealed that as many as 42 young children died last year while under the care of Social Services.  Dozens more, apparently, were physically and sexually abused because of failures by social workers and other Agencies.  Cases were discovered whereby children had been battered, starved and even drowned.  Time after time we hear the phrase, "lessons will be learnt" and yet  still this situation continues, with a new case coming into the public domain every couple of years or so.  It begs the question, what sort of society do we live in that allows this sort of thing to happen to these innocent youngsters?  They are being let down by the very people who are supposed to be looking out for their welfare.  Very sad.

On a lighter note, just before I started typing this, I caught sight of a Christmas tree on my dashboard, accompanied by Bouncin'Barb's post, so hopefully that will take my mind on to brighter things!

8 comments:

Bouncin' Barb said...

Even here in the US we have the same problems. Bruce used to work for the State and was in the State Receiving Home, where they would bring kids in that were kept closets, starved and beaten to name a few. And then the same State would turn around and return these kids to their parents. Its such a sad world today. Children can't defend themselves and it's only when it's too late do we find out about it. To some it's just a job. We need more people withy worthy scruples and a desire to help working in these places.

Glad you enjoyed my Christmas story. It was good to remember it and then share it.

Thisisme said...

Hear hear Barb!

Gawgus things... said...

Such sad, sad stories. How can anyone treat children and babies badly? x

colenic said...

I workedin a group home for kids in the foster care system several years ago and the stories these poor kids could tell....there are issues with the system...I have no idea how to fix it on a wide scale, but we did the best for the kids we had in our care...
I write my blog posts in my head all day and hopefully find a few minutes to actually write them down....

Jumble Mash said...

I've heard about many many failed Social Service incidents. It's truly sad. Some say, "well what about all the things they do right?" Well, they need to fix the bad before we can consider the good.

I write my blogs usually a day or two beforehand. Sometimes I have like 10 drafts sitting there waiting to be published. Some weeks I have no inspiration at all and write and then publish it immediately. Some weeks, I have so much to talk about I just keep hitting "New Post." I usually type everything out in MS Word before copy and pasting it to Blogger.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

wow - that is terrible (the SRS stuff)!

thanks for stopping by my blog today! nice to have your comment.

i write when it hits me. sometimes, i have complete ideas and i'm at work so i send myself a note to write it down when i get home. other times, something will hit me and i'll just turn on the computer to get it down before it escapes me (age... i suffer from CRS, can't remember s.....)

SkippyMom said...

Unfortunately this occurs with all too much frequency. It is so terribly sad but the people charged with monitoring [Social Workers in the US] are extremely overworked. I had a friend that went to school to do exactly this type of job. She called me in tears after 2 years of the job to tell me she was quitting - when I asked her why she replied "I spend so much time chasing down false complaints from people that are angry at their ex wives, husbands, parents, etc. that I never even have a chance to take care of those children that really need me." It broke my heart - our system is so overwhelmed by red tape that the children that need to be taken care of aren't. It is a terribly flawed system, but it doesn't mean the people that work there don't care.
[Sorry for the long comment.]
It is sad. We read about it all the time.

Thisisme said...

SkippyMom - that puts another slant on the story and I'm sure that a lot of the social workers DO care, and I know that, sometimes, they are totally overwhelmed by their case loads. That "false complaint" comment really shook me. There must be some very bitter people out there to do that to an ex-partner.It's just that when you hear that they have called to properties, and the little one is covered with bruises,it is apparent that sometimes they seem to accept the most feeble of excuses from the mother (even when it happens on several occaions) and just don't seem to follow it through. Sorry, long-winded reply!!

Thanks to my other blogger friends for telling me how they write their blogs!