I am overwhelmed lately with sadness for victims of child abuse. I keep reading horrible stories in the news and they haunt me for weeks. I think it is possibly the worst crime there is.
I have some experience with the child protection system through some work I have done with foster kids. The current system is failing big time - we all know that. A big flaw seems to be too many resources need to be focused on removing/protecting children who are already abused and neglected.
What is the answer for preventing abuse and neglect in the first instance?
More family support? A better "village" system? Education? Forced sterilisation of prior offenders? More caseworkers? A license to have kids? Mandatory regular health checks? I don't necessarily agree with any or all of these possibilities.
What can we do to make a difference?
I am interested in your thoughts.