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A very poignant story, thanks Barbara.  My various escapades were recounted to me often enough and I remember plenty of tumbles that could have lead to serious injury.  

One did as a matter of fact - I came running into the living room, before I was 3 years old, and tripped. As I fell, I hit my face on the edge of a glass coffee table, cutting open my face below and above my eye.  When rushed off to casualty by our guest who verified the story my parents told the doctors, I was not allowed home and instead placed into emergency foster care.  Their view was that I had been hit and my face cut by a ring.  Fortunately I was allowed back home within a few days although remained registered as at risk.

Unfortunately, when I was older and family circumstances changed, I was subject to willful neglect and domestic violence. Absolutely nobody picked up on the signs and social services failed to protect me (remember that I was still on the register).

It has always felt like one extreme or the other - where accidents have happened, social services over-react and people's lives are ruined. Where there is genuine cause for concern, social services don't intervene and we end up with dead children in the headlines.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 10:33:59 AM EST
Thank you for sharing this, IW. I'm sorry about your difficult past. I have to say that I'd hate to be the judge in cases like these... it's so hard to know where the truth is.

I completely agree about the extremes...I see it in other parts of the system, too, i.e. the welfare system. Some people receive vehement assistance in turning into welfare queens, and some that work night and day trying to support their numerous family members wait to have their benefit applications processes for years. It's quite sad really.

"If you cannot say what you have to say in twenty minutes, you should go away and write a book about it." Lord Brabazon

by Barbara on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 02:08:58 PM EST
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And some end up neglecting their child because of having to work too hard to support their families, and the children end up in foster care - the cost of which, given to the family, would have solved the problems.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 07:32:51 PM EST
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