Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Care Homes Or Families?

Hundreds of girls heavily sedated in UK care homes during the 1970s and 1980s may be at risk of having children with birth defects, the BBC has found.

So begins this worrying article on the BBC news website. It is important to keep a sense of proportion on issues such as this, and I am sure that the overwhelming majority of care homes provide wonderful care for kids who have found themselves in terrible situations. But care must be the last resort, and I am confident that anybody who has been in care would concur.

But up pops a self-seeking, career obsessed, professional do-gooder like Andrew Flanagan, newly appointed chief executive of the NSPCC. In this interview in the Times, and other newspapers, he advocates putting even more children into care. That wouldn't be because you have a vested interest would it Andrew? Or perhaps because you are trying to make a name for yourself to improve your career prospects?

Some charities seem to be especially bad for sensationalising and abusing the trust that so many of us instinctively have for charities generally. I will be keeping a beady eye on the NSPCC now with Mr Flanagan at the helm.

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