I’ve not been a great defender of Shoesmith, the former Director of Children’s Services at Haringey, but it doesn’t take much heart to have some sympathy for her ‘trial by media’ in the wake of the Baby P affair.
There is also an editorial piece which makes interesting reading.
I have more sympathy for her than I did before I read and listened to the interview so for as much as that, it has served it’s purpose.
There is no doubt that mistakes were made with tragic consequences but the media storm and focus that made her consider suicide – well, I hope there are a few journalists who think about the work done in children’s services and the effects that their rabble-rousing has on individuals – when ultimately, there is a wish to work effectively and well within systems that are not always of the employees’ making.
As for Ed Balls, he has shown a wish to pander to the tabloid crowd.
Child Protection has become a political football to be bounced around as the public mood is ripe for targets.
Surely more needs to be done in a wider societal scale to prevent the circumstances that lead to abuse – and I’m not sure that an agony aunt at The Sun will have the answers.