In Other Words. ‘We Were Too Scared To Push Them Around’..?

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?

4 comments for “In Other Words. ‘We Were Too Scared To Push Them Around’..?

  1. December 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Different circumstances; but some years back, I requested a Council Grant to complete certain works in my home, so that my severely-ill and disabled wife could, with my help, safely shower, and/or travel on a stair-lift down to access either the car or the living room. During the visit by the appointed Council officer bloke, he mentioned that he would be allowing for, besides the walk-in shower and the stair-lift, a fitted stainless steel ramp, complete with safety hand rails etc.; so my wife’s wheelchair could safely traverse the double-height steps to reach the ground.

    I mildly (for me, that is) intervened and stated that the wooden ramp, built and fitted by myself, suited me and my wife perfectly, and there was no need to spend the extra cash. However, when the individual budget was being discussed with the Council financial visitor, I was told, in no uncertain terms, that the budget was for all items, the ramp would be built, and I should be quiet, otherwise the entire Grant would be lost! The afore-mentioned ramp, as envisaged by the Council, according to all Safety and Building Standards, would cost around £2500.00!

    So I turned to my computer, and proceeded to send a lacerating e-mail to the heads of at least three Council Departments, stating my case, also stating that I was quite happy with my bloody ramp; and I definitely did not need another. I will admit that my language was a touch strong, but I am, and always have been, of the belief that NOBODY pushes me around.

    The result? Shower room and stair-lift installed; the stainless steel replacement ramp was quietly forgotten: and the original clown who proposed and pushed the ramp? He got fired!

    • December 6, 2015 at 7:03 am

      These people aren’t in the job to help you. They are in the job to help the state.

  2. December 1, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Bear this in mind when the NHS and local government starts weepin’ and wailin’ about the effects of the Terrible Toree Cutz


    • December 6, 2015 at 7:03 am


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