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Its a Rotten World for Children too.

Beyond Belief

August 1, 2013

Many years ago I read Emlyn Williams book about the Moors Murders – Beyond Belief. 

And it was beyond belief that people in our society could have done such things. 

The reaction at the time was mostly that this happened because those that did it were evil; they should be

hanged or locked away for ever. 

There was no suggestion of failure by the various authorities to protect the children.

Since then we have had a series of other terrible crimes against children with the latest reaching its judicial

conclusion yesterday. 

These more recent cases carry not just disbelief that such things could be inflicted on a child but disbelief that

the various authorities allowed it to happen. 

After each enquiry we learn of a catalogue of mistakes by these authorities and see that time and again

intervention could have happened but did not. 

Each time the enquiries make recommendations to prevent the next failure to safeguard the vulnerable.

It is also often said that it is simply not possible to prevent parents abusing their children if they are clever and


This links to the outcry there is whenever the authorities do intervene and it turns out that their suspicions might

not have been justified. 

We know any system of identification which errs on the precautionary approach will throw up lots of false


True but …..

One lesson which appears to emerge from each such enquiry is about how all the necessary information

suggesting abuse was available if only someone somewhere had been able to put it together and have the

courage to act.

Perhaps it is in part our fault. 

We have fragmented and denigrated public service; cut back on budgets and

enforced savings and set different parts to compete with each other rather than cooperate.

I still think it beyond belief that we could not do so much better if we really cared enough.

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