Today’s news has been headlined by the child grooming cases in Rochdale. BBC news states that the children abused were ‘vunerable’ and The Daliy Mail have argued the girls were in care at the time. But this story shouldn’t highlight arguments of race or teh care systems but should illuminate the problem of British Families.
Again and again we are presented with news of events such as teh Baby P case and this current grooming investigation, and time and time again the governments care for the vunerable is slammed. When what should be questioned is what makes those people ‘vunerable’.
In the case of children a lack of a stable home makes them ‘at risk’, but is this the governments fault?
The state has continually been encouraged to ‘move with the times’ accepting new family structure, lone parents, gay couples. Yet social problems still prevail. As Britain becomes more accepting of varieties of life, standards slip and fall, creating a larger expanse of problems the government is required to deal with.
In the grooming case, it is NOT the care homes fault, but the fault of those that gave birth to the children. Its a hard opinion to accept, but, if individuals had taken responsibility for their children, they would not be in government care.
Having children is a part of nature, but with it comes an underestimated responsibility. If you are not willing to give up your life for your children you are not ready for children. When I say this I don’t mean giving up the odd thing, I mean giving up everything. Children take away your individualism, they are dependent. There is no such thing as a problem child.
The mail argues that the cost too look after a child in care is 8 times what it would cost to send a child to Eton. This may or may not be true but its an interesting idea to consider. Living away from home, not under direct care of their families, why is there such a contrast? Going to Eton is a right of passage for many, not doing so would reflect badly on the family reputation. In contrast a child in care is someones abandoned responsibility. Without responsibility there is no blame, the informal social control that should keep people in line. Acceptance of liberal views, mean that children don’t have to go into care, lone parenthood is no longer socially unacceotable, but that parent should take responsibility for their actions and their children.
The government should not be critised for attempts to aid where individuals have failed.