Doctors and social services have blamed a family’s “affluent, middle class status” and cultural differences for the failure to provide appropriate care before the mother killed her three severely disabled children.
Oh, how so?
A serious case review by the local authority concluded that the children’s deaths could not have been predicted or prevented.
But it said the impact of the family’s class, background and South African culture was “significant” and that their “assertiveness” posed a challenge to medical professionals and may have led to delays in instigating child protection procedures.
You mean, they didn’t immediately roll over and let you do as you pleased? Heh!
“This was particularly the case in dealings with the father who as a lawyer and company director was experienced as powerful,” the review said.
To paraphrase ‘We were scared we’d get sued!’. Well, makes a change from being too scared of being called racist, I suppose…
The review, by Kingston Local Safeguarding Children Board, said “insufficient account” had been taken of the family’s cultural background, the way they learned of Olivia’s diagnosis, the impact of the premature birth of the twins and then the devastating news that they too had the same condition.
It acknowledged that they came from a society which was used to choosing the services they wanted and that being told what to do was a “new and unwelcome experience” for them.
They weren’t prepared for the nanny state? Well, gosh!
The report acknowledged that there was an “enormous” level of professional involvement with the family, including nine health organisations, three local authority children’s social care departments, two schools and the SMA charity, at times totalling 60 people.
Bear this in mind when the NHS and local government starts weepin’ and wailin’ about the effects of the Terrible Toree Cutz, won’t you?