- Oct 12, 2009
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We did a safeguarding course at work many years ago. The person running the course said that the social workers who visited Victoria didn't have the rights to force entry. So when they did turn up, if they weren't allowed in, they just went home. No idea how true that was, but I suspect it was more true that we would like it to be.What a total failure to protect you. Makes my blood boil. What was that social worker thinking? Kids have been murdered in those circumstances, when SWs have been fobbed off.
You'll remember Victoria Climbié, who wasn't visited at a dangerous time because the social worker stayed away after she was told there was an outbreak of scabies in the family home.
At least the teachers believed you. They saw you every day and knew you weren't lying.
Saville's focus on children in care must have been deliberately planned. These were children who were probably already wary/suspicious of authority and wouldn't have wanted to bring up what happened. And sadly as so many horror stories came out later, they may have been abused by other people in the care homes already.