A Freedom Of Information request produced by a child rights activist has called out children’s charity the NSPCC for what it suggests is a reckless and less than upfront campaign designed to influence child protection policy.
Michele Simmons was reading an article which claimed that there was a sharp rise in child neglect cases, when she decided to search online for more information. What she discovered were over twenty strikingly similar articles all referencing statistics from the NSPCC, individually tailored for the readers of each regional publication.
A piece published in The Nottingham Post for example, cites NSPCC statistics for the area, claiming that the charity refers more than two cases of child neglect in Nottingham a week. In another look-alike story, The Oxford Times references NSPCC data which claims that three reports of child neglect a week are passed on to the police in the Oxford area.
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Whilst the case of a Christian toddler forced to live in a Muslim household in England has reignited the Far Right and caused uproar worldwide, a much bigger and more important story is being missed. It’s a story about a broken care system, one which routinely fails children and which fights to stay alive through financial incentives.
There can be no excuse for sending a vulnerable child into an environment where they feel scared and alone. Leaked social work reports confirmed that the toddler had sobbed and begged not to be returned to the family after being told to remove her cross and prevented from eating spaghetti Carbonara because it had pork in it. The child was recorded as being deeply distressed and sometimes unable to understand the family, who spoke Arabic as well as English.
The family’s actions have understandably sparked a debate about the practice of Islam, however…
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We have been asked to update our 2016 roundup of which politicians are working in departments with a child welfare element, so we’re adding the current state of play below:
- Minister of State for Countering Extremism, Baroness Williams of Trafford
- Minister of State for Immigration, Brandon Lewis MP
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Sarah Newton MP
Ministry Of Justice:
- Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, David Lidington MP
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Youth Justice, Victims, Female Offenders and Offender Health, Dr Phillip Lee MP
Department For Education:
- Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening MP
- Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson MP
- Minister of State for School Standards, and Minister for Equalities, Nick Gibb MP
- Minister of State for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill MP
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