I think it would be better to say that social services are bloody useless when it comes to child protection and ethnic minorities.
I think this is most people's perception of them these days, largely due to the headlines of sad cases such as the one we are discussing.
I think they are damned if they do or damned if they don't. The very last resort is removing a child from the family.
Personally, I think they are underfunded, overstretched, and the cases the public do get to hear about are the tip of the iceberg.
I wouldn't want that job for love or money.
More to the point though, in this case and others, it's a combination of failure on different fronts. It makes me wonder how well all these departments/agencies communicate with each other, because something is very wrong when the families have been visited by or been dealt with by social and health workers, police and teachers, and still the child wasn't removed from the parents to a place of safety.
By all accounts Daniel Pełka looked like a concentration camp victim and weighed the same as an 18 month old child before he died. Trying to steal other kids lunches and attempting to eat sand, were all the people involved in this case blind?
Most people dont give a damn, just come in for a paycheck.
I can't believe people are that heartless. I think the system is just badly flawed and unfortunately not getting any better.