Children’s charities in the UK have learned from their American counterparts and are using scare tactics to try and elicit more money out of the government and the rest of us as their once full bank accounts begin to empty
People are giving less and less to charitable organizations as individuals and families find that they have to struggle to pay their own household bills.
The latest attempt at emotional blackmail comes in the form of ChildLine who have produced a report detailing figures from 2009 – yes we do mean 2009 – which states that over 3000 children in local authority care contacted ChildLine and contained about physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
The report goes on to state that children were “not being listened to” and that not enough is being spent on enabling local authorities to appoint suitable adults in which children who felt vulnerable could confide.
It is not insignificant that no such statement was made in 2010 and that ChildLine have waited until now, when the cuts are beginning to bite, to make their bid for more money.
The over inflated child protection industry in the UK is beginning to feel the pinch like the rest of us and they don’t like it.
They’ve had it so good for so long that now they’re being dragged, kicking and screaming into the real world where people are not prepared to go on paying out of their own pockets on the basis of somebody else’s word.
ChildLine, the NSPCC and other children’s organisations are looking for new ways to generate income to pay the 2,000,000 people who work in what is essentially an emotion based industry.
TheOpinionSite.org would also like to draw attention to another side of this argument.
That is, the fact that over the last 15 years children have managed to acquire a considerable arsenal of weapons to use against any adult with whom they happen to be unhappy.
Children nowadays are not the same as children were 50 years ago and they are not shrinking violets. On the contrary, when they want to be, they can be as nasty and vindictive as any adult and they don’t always have the necessary reasoning powers to decide whether to use these new weapons or not. They are well informed and have been taught in school how to use their rights and the law against adults.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron has himself promised to change the rules for teachers where cases of alleged abuse are concerned. Legislation is to be introduced to shield those accused from the attendant publicity of the media in general and the tabloids in particular, whilst any investigations take place.
It seems that not only are our children a protected species in this country, but teachers soon will be as well.
Such protection as that proposed for the teaching profession does not however extend to the average middle-aged man who happens to be helping a child in the street who has fallen over.
On the contrary; he is likely to be arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing the child. He may lose his job, his wife and family and his home by the time the appalling, unstoppable machinery of this country’s “child protection” measures has finished its work, even when the man is later determined to have been acting in a perfectly innocent and responsible way.
By that time, the massive and irreversible damage will have already been done.
This brings us back to the problem of children in care being abused by their own carers.
Social Services, the police and associated law-enforcement agencies such as the Probation Service are simply not prepared to believe that any of their own could ever carry out the sort of appalling offenses from which they are supposed to protect others.
The mandarins in local authorities are even worse; if something amiss is discovered, they just want to keep it away from prying eyes and from any form of publicity.
Thus it is hardly surprising, indeed it is almost inevitable that some children housed in local authority care, prisons and secure accommodation of one sort or another are likely to be abused by those in authority at some time.
It also hardly comes as a surprise that when a child tries to report such abuse, they are largely ignored by those responsible for their care.
The authorities would much sooner attribute such a report of inappropriate behaviour by staff as an attempt by the child to use one of the weapons given them by successive governments over the years against the member of staff in question.
One must not forget either, that this could indeed be the case where for example a child has been disciplined and is simply seeking retribution for what they see as an unjust punishment.
Children are quite good at seeking revenge when they feel like it.
CRB checks don’t help to clarify the situation either as those who carry out institutional abuse of children often have no prior convictions or record.
The sad fact is, as TheOpinionSite.org has previously pointed out, the ever increasing number of measures introduced in order to protect children in the UK have given children the perfect blunt weapon to use against adults and at the same time have caused adults to disregard genuine reports of abuse made by children.
ChildLine though is basically saying, “Whatever the cutbacks, whatever the budget requirements, we must spend whatever it takes to protect children” and the NSPCC, which oversees ChildLine is understandably keen to back up that claim.
One must never forget that the NSPCC receive a considerable grant from government and that grant is beginning to dry up.
Most of the other child protection charities are in the same boat and it would not be a total surprise to TheOpinionSite.org if they too started bleating loudly about how their money is running out and how we should all pay for the shortfall.
As for the central point that children in care may be being abused by those who are responsible for their protection, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services was unavailable for comment when contacted.
Child protection is always a sensitive and sometimes a controversial subject to cover.
There are those who have experienced abuse themselves as children who are affected every time the subject of child protection is raised in the media. Equally, there are those who as children made false accusations of abuse against adults and now as adults themselves feel guilty about their actions.
Every politician sitting in the House of Commons jumps on the child protection bandwagon at every opportunity in an effort to secure the cheap votes that are inevitably attached to child protection measures introduced to Parliament.
TheOpinionSite.org however believes that if the child protection charities are truly strapped for cash in the way in which they claim, then they should save money just as the rest of us are having to save money.
In our view, some of the most proactive and useful measures they can take are to sack half their staff, move out of their expensive offices, halve the wages of their overpaid chief executives, stop behaving like emotional leeches and realize that they are not exempted from the struggles, the economics, or the realities of the real world in which the rest of us have to live.