Public: ‘Make the authorities take all the responsibility – for the children!!’
At times, the review concluded, Daniel appeared to have been “invisible” against the backdrop of his mother’s controlling behaviour. Professionals failed to act on “what they saw in front of them” but accepted parental versions of events.
The review team also accused Daniel’s school of having a “dysfunctional” approach to children’s safeguarding issues, highlighting that teachers had noticed injuries to his face and had locked away pupils’ lunch boxes to stop him stealing food, but had not taken effective action to help him. Health professionals and social workers had been too quick to accept that injuries needing hospital treatment including a broken arm and a cut over the eye were the result of accidents – though it also said they were under pressure because of high workloads and understaffing.
In addition it emerged in the report that police attended Daniel’s “chaotic” household almost 30 times in response to reports of domestic abuse in the six years before his death and it suggested officers could have done more to make sure he was being well treated.
Authorities: ‘Take the responsibility away from us – for the children!!’
Fay Maxted, the chief executive of another of the coalition members, the Survivors Trust, said: “Spotting the signs of child abuse can be challenging, and all too often reports that should be made are not because of misplaced loyalty to the institution or friendship with the alleged perpetrator. If law is introduced, staff will have no doubt what to do, and they would have legal protection from recrimination which presently can follow when a member of staff takes the conscientious step of reporting.”
Public: ‘Yes, what a great idea! Parents shouldn’t have to take responsibility either – for the children!!’
The initiative, announced by the British Dietetic Association and the Children’s Food Campaign, comes in the wake of a nationwide survey in which 78 per cent of respondents said they found junk food at checkouts “annoying” . It also found that 83 per cent have been pestered by their children to buy junk food at the checkouts and 75 per cent have given in to their children and bought something because they were pestered.
Nearly 2,000 people took part in the Chuck the Junk Survey, of which the majority were women and two-thirds had children.