The case of two male children violating almost to death other children in Doncaster captured again the heinous capacity that some children have to do harm with intent to other children. If these children had been adequately contained much earlier in a secure institution by safeguarding boards and legal institutions it may have prevented the tragedy for the innocent victims.
There are too many disturbing common themes with the Doncaster crimes and the failures of services in another case that is being overlooked but raised by the Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1238422). In my December blog I referred to this case that should be receiving the same media high profile and robust legal response – but is not! It would be good for the major media to start reporting what is happening in this tragedy of another innocent child victim.
The child predator is well-known to many statutory services and the questions remain what was such a dangerous child doing in a community setting and do the community know today that child is still free to violate others? However, the victim’s family have been subjected to relentless obstruction by executive services and almost made to feel guilty for wanting justice. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is our society’s insurance for robustly prosecuting, but again, appear to be lacking this innocent family.
In Doncaster case, if what the media state is fact that the father of the sentenced predators actively lied to police at the time criminal proceedings must follow. However, equally accountable as the parents are the main public service executives and workers because they all share the responsibility. It is ironic that professionals that do speak-out about appalling standards of preventative abuses find themselves sacked for actively safeguarding the vulnerable public. With a general election looming will another government ensure a better, safer, more diligent legal and public service response?