Heres the thing. Saying this family is dispicable and their children should be taken away is moot. Everyone on this forum could scream it but it would still be moot because the fact is, what is best for children is not always very obvious.
Child protection is very complex and a full understanding of child development and the complexities of child welfare is imperative to finding apprpriate solutions for any given child.
Did you see the footage of this little girl with her mother? What I saw was a child and mother in arms and love. Perhaps this child should be torn from her mother but perhaps there's another solution? None of us really know. But I think what people can/should agree on is that children should be kept together with a loving parent wherever possible and support for the family to stay together is often a better solution.
Im not saying it is, I'm just saying that a lot more goes into these decisions than people may think. I would have been more judgy at a time, but I've read a lot lately and now see things a lot differently.
Not to mention the child welfare system is seriously overloaded, but that's not my point above, just another side issue!:
"The most recent national figures from the AIHW indicate that in Australia, during 2011-12, there were 252,962 notifications of suspected child abuse and neglect made to state and territory authorities (a rate of 34.0 notifications per 1,000 Australian children), which is an increase of 6.6% from the 237,273 reports made in 2010-2011."
Eg. I'm unsure if I can post about the news story tonight regarding the pub brawl involving the Dad because it's critical of him...
EDIT: Also just thinking about the Kiesha Weippeart (Abrahams) threads on bubhub, when she was missing (before it was revealed what had happened ).
A lot of members were speculating about what had happened, particularly that the mother was involved.
Last edited by sky1; 15-04-2014 at 20:06.
There's nothing more frustrating than reading along in a thread only to have it closed :-/
I've not run it by any other mod, but I think posting links to published articles is fine sky1. They are in the public domain and have been published for public consumption and discussion.
However, it is true that speculation can prejudice a potential court case, which is always difficult for the moderators. How much opinion is too much? It's always a subjective issue.
I do hate the blame game though. As if we find some shred of a fact that separates us from them it will protect us like some talisman from something similar happening to our families. It won't though because sometimes bad things happen for no real reason
My heart breaks for the little girl, who has been exposed to a terrible situation that no child should ever have to go through.
As a parent, I believe I have a responsibility to ensure my child is in a safe, loving, caring environment. This includes the people I choose to associate with and the lifestyle I choose to live.
After watching extended family get involved in drugs and watching the viscous cycle that occurs, it's not something I would ever be involved in, nor would I subject my child to the repercussions of it.
I don't know what to think. I don't know enough about this family, but based on the information I do know, I'm disappointed in them, the children deserve better. Nobody can deny that if the father was not involved in drugs and mingling with the wrong crowd, this terrible event may have never happened.
Hopefully the family gets the help they need and the children are not exposed to this again.
So according to the news tonight the father knew who took her and where she was the whole time, but said he couldn't do anything about it. Then he got smacked out. This was said by a lady who was in the pub during that altercation.
If the wife was clueless and innocent with all of this i hope she kicks his butt out.
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