As in the rest of the UK and probably elsewhere, the landscape is littered with organisations , some Quangos, some charities , on the face of it, concerned about children.
In Northern Ireland , to mention a few, there is Barnados, the NSPCC, the NICCY and the Safeguarding Board NI.
You might think, Dear Reader, that one body could protect our children.
Not so. All these bodies and more, receive public money , our pennies, when in the street, with the aim of protecting children from physical violence , emotional violence, sexual abuse and other discrimination.
Since I became aware of this problem, in the early 1980s, I have wondered what the government was doing to protect children.
Sadly, I have come to the view, articulated in the song “I’d like to help you son but you’re too young to vote”.
Some time ago , the government decided that an overarching body should protect children. The clue is in the title of this body…the Safeguarding Board for NI.
It has a chairman, three non executive directors [which means that OFMDFM appoints them] and at least 16 other members.
It has five regional panels , a case management review panel and other panels.
It has a number of other committees, including a “policies and procedures” committee , an “interfaith sub group” [ god help us] and an “education and training” group.
Alexis Jay’s report [suppressed since February of this year] makes for shocking reading. Essentially it says that nobody has got a grip of the disparate bodies who turn up and say that they are concerned about children.
Essentially, it says that the Safeguarding Board is fuck all use. That’s not language that is deployed but to the parents of affected children that’s what it amounts to.
Children continue to die and children are still abused while this hopeless organisation carries on.
You have probably heard lots of “experts” talk about children on Good Morning Ulster, Nolan and other media. Not one has raised this issue.
It begs the question, common in Northern Ireland, are they slave to the fee , the establishment or to the truth? Perhaps they will let us know, particularly where the safety of children is at stake.
Meanwhile, all these fat ladies and pale men continue to draw their gross salaries and the talking heads ignore the problem.