In recent years, I’ve met several parents who are deeply concerned at the way parents are regarded with suspicion by the authorities. One parent, whose (now grown up) son was particularly accident prone as a toddler, told me that if she were in the same position now, she would not dream of taking him to the doctor/accident & emergency, as she did, without giving it a second thought at the time. It never occurred to her that anyone would think that she would harm her own, much loved, child.
Click on the picture of the baby to watch the Panorama Special “I Want My Baby Back”, broadcast on BBC 1 last night, to see why parents today are afraid to place themselves and their children in the path of medical professionals and social services.
But what if a child is in pain after a fall or other accident in the home or at play. What should parents do – what would you do? Take your child to the doctor and hope for the best … or what?
Key Question 1 : what can parents do about the erosion of their rights due to the excessive State interference in family life?
Key Question 2 : Is it time for the Catholic Bishops to speak out forcefully about this excessive State interference, perhaps suggesting that social services put their own house in order by focusing on the abuse on both children and the elderly in their own institutions?