Children are being sexually exploited in almost all parts of Scotland, according to the first national study of the problem.
First thing in the morning and then with a further 20 or so doses throughout the day, across BBC Scotland, TV and Radio, plus who knows how many other mentions elsewhere, this is what Scotland is today according to an editorial choice in Pacific Quay.
The researchers found:
Cases have been identified in all but five of Scotland’s local authorities.
There are so many questions to ask of the state broadcaster here. The headline is sort of geographically accurate, as are many in the Sun and the Daily Mail, but somewhat limited in the meaningful representation of the truth.
It’s not really happening in ‘all parts‘ now is it?
There were a horrific 5 311 cases last year but that’s among 5 400 000 people and many of the abusers repeatedly abuse the same person. So, in every 1 000 people, how many experienced or were responsible for one of these offences?
It’s horrible, horrible, but it’s not everywhere among us is it?
No doubt it’s insensitive in to show that these offences are more common elsewhere in the UK but they are:
Headlining all day today on BBC Scotland, to boost your anxiety levels, and keep you reluctant to consider change of any kind, we heard: ‘Offences of child cruelty and neglect recorded by police in Scotland increased by 28% in the past year according to the NSPCC.’ There were 818 reports of child neglect or cruelty … Continue reading Cases of child cruelty and neglect TWICE as high across UK than in Scotland but it’s not reported→
More important, I’m sure, is what is being done or not done to prevent these offences:
Headlined in the Guardian on Christmas Day 2019:
Thousands of children in care are increasingly being placed in homes that are illegal or unregulated, in what critics have labelled a national scandal, a Guardian investigation has found. A lack of places to house vulnerable children in the UK is prompting a surge in placements that are less safe. These include those that are unregulated or not registered with Ofsted. MPs, the police, charities and the children’s commissioner warn that children accommodated in these homes are at risk of exploitation from sexual predators and drug gangs.
As always, the report conflates England and the UK but has nothing to say of Scotland in the content. This is not surprising. As we reported in July of this year:
Children in residential settings are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse by adults working in those settings who are responsible for their welfare. Yet the Inquiry has noted that there are no professional registration requirements in place for staff, other than social workers, working in children’s homes in England, unlike in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Finally, it’s informative to compare today’s reporting with BBC Scotland’s reluctance to do so at other times:
When it comes to an SNP MSP texting a 16-year-old, Willie Rennie is right at the front baying for blood but when it was his old leader David Steel, clearly failing the victims of the serial actual physical abuse of boys by his pal Cyril Smith, he was in a more forgiving mood: The Lib … Continue reading Willie Rennie’s double standards on child abuse→
See him, down at the bottom? Contrast these alleged crimes with those alleged of the former SNP leader. Hidden away and not one mention of his party allegiance anywhere in the BBC reporting. I searched for a sign of his party affiliation. I was difficult to find any mention. Only on the third page of … Continue reading Another Lib Dem accused of repeated child sex abuse but BBC can barely find a space for him and never mention his party→