Easy answers

Here we go again. Heart-rending revelations about the systematic failure to detect and counter child abuse, and what’s Cameron’s solution? “PM: JAIL THOSE WHO IGNORE CHILD ABUSE.” Yeah, that ought to do it. It’s so stupid, this cartoon of social workers sitting there, twiddling their thumbs, while they watch child abuse taking place but decide, “Hey, you know what? I just can’t be arsed to do anything about it….” but it actually doesn’t happen like that. what happens is that social workers, already under pressure and with mounting caseloads, often don’t have the resources or backing to follow up hunches or suspicions. It really isn’t that simple, and Cameron ought to know better. But if you’ve seen the documentary about the Baby P case, you’ll know that he’s very happy to use social workers as scapegoats, and to pretend that there’s a simple solution – get tough, and sack them. If only it were that easy.