#Children's Rights
United Kingdom

New System to prevent Neglect?

Times may 2008.
Figures from the university of Bristol - 91% of the time the children have been known to care authorities through cases being reported. Only with 42 per cent a result of “unplanned crisis intervention. Social workers waited until the child was under serious threat before taking action.

Some London boroughs applications to courts for “care orders”, which are legally required to take children into local authority care, have fallen by 75 per cent since the pilot began-Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent The Times.


Sheffield Services - Guardian online 27 June 2008
Tiffany Wright - 3 years old. Died in squalor, filth and degradation of malnutrition. wasn't found till two days after her death by her mother. Both mother and partner jailed for 12 years and 5 years.

Authorities knew about the danger as they warned mother to not leave children unattended in the living quarters.

Doncaster Authorities. faces inquiry over seven suspicious deaths. The times January 13 2009. Alfie Goddard- Three months old died of an head injury. His father pleaded Guilty to Murder. The social workers were warned numerous times about the father's violent temper. Nothing was done.

Amy Howson, who was starved and beaten before her spine was snapped in December 2007. Her father, James Howson, 25, was found guilty last October of the murder of his 16-month-old daughter. He was jailed for a minimum of 22 years. Her mother, Tina Hunt, received a 12-month suspended sentence after admitting child cruelty.

BABY P- Guardian 11 November 2008
The 17-month-old died after months of being used "as a punchbag" and then having his back and ribs broken, the court heard.

He was seen 60 times by health or social workers during that period, around twice a week. However, close to his death he became unrecognisable, had more than 50 injuries or bruises, and an attempt had been made to cover up the crime.

A postmortem examination revealed the boy had a broken back, eight fractured ribs, missing fingernails and toenails, multiple bruises and an injury to the inside of his mouth. He had also swallowed one of his own teeth. The court heard that his back had been broken by slamming him down over a bent knee or a bannister, which would have left him paralysed.

Birmingham authorities- Khyra Ishaq- 27/05/2008- The Telegraph
Social workers failed to visit Khyra who starved to death, despite her being withdrawn from school amid allegations that she and her siblings were being bullied.

Mr Mahmood, the Labour MP for Perry Barr, said the failure to try to contact the family again after the attempted visit constituted a "breakdown of protocols and structures".

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The aim is to get a quick fast track service for children who may be at high risk and quicker response times to an allegation of child abuse.

We the general public of United kingdom call on the government to make stricter guidelines such as a fast track intervention system for high risk Children, in dealing with cases of child neglect and abuse.

We demand quicker response times to an allegation of child abuse.

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