Before I watched Panorama – Kids lost in Care, I had no concept of what had been going on, so I must be a bit naive where this kind of thing is concerned.
It’s not because I don’t care, of course I care and, I’m sure thousands of other people care out there as well.
So it’s good that Panorama air these programmes because if they didn’t, then the British public would have no visualisation as to what’s happening out there and, there are some pretty catastrophic things going on.
It’s not because people have no empathy; it’s simply because people are so occupied in their own lives, that they simply don’t have enough time for others and, I’m not saying that it’s wrong, but I’m not saying that it’s right.
I’m sure that grooming scams in the care system have been going on for a long time, but back in the day, things were swept under the carpet and, it was never heard of, but in today’s day and age, everything is brought out into the open and, rightly so. People should know what’s going on in our care systems, after all, these are the children of our future and, should be encouraged and, allowed to grow into sound, respectable adults, but that’s not the case and, in all honestly, this has been the case for an extremely long time. Instead of grooming these children to become decent adults, they’re being groomed for other peoples amusements.
Young people in the care system are being primed and, preyed upon for abusers and, those abusers pay young children to be mistreated.
One of Britain’s largest self-governing foster providers, “the National Fostering Agency” purchased a company in 2006 and, then put it up for sale to another for £130 million, making three times the original investment, so then fostering is for financial gain and, venture capitalists are making vast returns out of children in care.
A child goes into the care system every 22 minutes here in the UK, the ethical dispute, is it right that they should be making sizeable quantities of money from children who’ve been afflicted with abuse and negligence, only to go into the care system and, be given more abuse from their caregivers?
Even so, the care providers demonstrate that they provide the best possible protection and support for these young children! Nonetheless, children in the care system are being exported to care homes across the UK and, a great deal of them go missing and, are never found and, yet there is no comeback on the care homes, which makes me wonder, did they go missing or were they sold overseas and, never seen again – And should there not be an investigation into this? I’m not saying this is the case; I am just purely theorising.
What happens to these children that are placed in care homes in the UK? When they are locating these vulnerable children into such deprived areas in the UK, it means that they almost instantly become endangered. Many children go AWOL and, when they go missing; they are at risk, which means they were never safe in the first place.
When children are placed into care homes, it’s because they were at risk, for whatever reason. If they are being put into care homes because they were at risk in the first place, why would they want to then put them into a care home where they are also at risk, they may as well have stayed at risk in the place where they were in the beginning, unless of course the only reason they are being put there is for financial gain, to make a buck!
Families of these children are saying that they are not being looked after and, I can quite believe that. Some of these children go into care because the parents simply cannot cope with them because of difficulties that the child may be having, so some families are still legally accountable for their children whilst they’re in the care system and, do have a say on what happens to their children, even though they don’t live at home any longer, so the responsibility is still to a great extent down to the parent or perhaps grandparents, who are hopelessly attempting to keep in touch with their children or grandchildren, but can’t because all of a sudden that the child has gone missing, but yet the care home are meant to provide safety for that child because we put our trust into that care provider, thinking that our children will be unharmed.
Care homes for children has gone through progressive alterations over the past couple of decades where care has moved from local authorities to private companies, which sounds to me as if all that the care system is there for, is the profit motive and, a child in care can turn out to be extremely profitable.
Privatising everything is not the solution, especially when children and, old people are going to be in danger because it means that these private businesses are going to hire employees at low wages, which means they may get low quality work, because they are not working for the good of the person, they are working for the good of their pockets. They need credentialed people and, people with a drive to work in this type of industry and, frequent Ofsted reports need to be done.
It’s not a case of, if you cannot hear it or see it, it does not exist. This situation does exist and, they are very real for these children that are in the care system through no misdeed of their own. They did not ask to be there, the same as they did not ask to be born, so they are entitled to be regarded with respect and, as a human being and, with dignity!