An official report criticises social workers and probation officers who failed to stop a three-year-old boy being battered to death by his mother’s boyfriend.
Yes, it’s the usual thing – miscommunication, bureaucratic sloth & the (expected) difficulties of dealing with people whose lifestyle is a world away from any the people employed to deal with the fallout have ever experienced:
A serious case review, published today, identified communication failings and missed opportunities to intervene by health and probation services.
The final report said there had been ‘a loss of contact with agencies, hindering effective inter-agency communication‘ according to Birmingham Children’s Safeguarding Board (BCSB).
And there’s the usual ‘we will learn lessons for the next time’ promise:
The report recommended: ‘The Probation Trust must ensure that where an adult poses a risk of serious harm to others within the same household, that they share this vital information with children’s social care to enable action to be taken to safeguard and protect children.
‘Similarly Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust must communicate effectively with health visitors where a child under five is known to be living with someone who has been referred for a mental health assessment.’
But…you know who is missing from this list of those responsible for little Dylan’s safety? Why, his mother. Katie Crean.
Is she to have no responsibility for shacking up with what a US website that apparently specialises in these stories (warning: NSFW due to language) calls ‘a malignant tubesteak’?
Was she unaware of his history?
Cawser, whose own family had warned of his ‘volatile behaviour’…
Hmmm. Unlikely, then. Did she think that a man who had a volatile temper and was known to abuse prescription drugs was the best option she could get, regardless of the threat to her child?
Speaking outside court immediately after Cawser’s sentencing, Dylan’s mother Katie Crean described her son as ‘funny, cheeky, crazy, brilliant and beautiful’.
She said: ‘I love Dylan so much and miss him so terribly every day.
‘My life is so different now and not a day goes by when I don’t think of my boy and his lovely smile.
‘If you knew Dylan you couldn’t help but love him.’
Perhaps you should have loved him more than you clearly did the need for a man - any man, it seems, no matter how unappealing – in your life.
But this story & the way it’s reported seems to be just another step on the ladder to ensuring everyone believes that it’s the State that is responsible for protecting us all and keeping us safe.
That’s wrong. WE bear responsibility for our own choices.