Tuesday, 20 January 2009

After Baby P, Child T

Over on my local site I've been covering developments which have rippled out in the aftermath of the national scandal which first broke in Haringey.

Then came Doncaster.

After that it was Reading's turn.

Next on the list are Wokingham, Birmingham, Essex, Surrey and West Sussex.

I also suspect there are many more cases of systemic failure which are hiding in the shadows such as this one regarding social services support for learning difficulties in West Berkshire.

These are not just isolated cases of accidental mismanagement, they are examples of wide-spread deeply-ingrained systemic maladministration which is the consequence of changes imposed from above.

Targeting and budgetary constraints are a fact of life, but the primary motivation for their imposition and the way they are handled on a day-to-day basis will determine whether real people benefit or suffer as a result.

The current regime is failing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is that John Wood?