Babies in care – Researchers can’t find evidence of support for mothers

On repeatedly today:

Academics have called for a “pause for thought” after a report found that about one in every 100 children born in Scotland goes into care before their first birthday.

Although there has been a slight dip in the numbers recently, experts say the figures are still too high.

They have called for more focus on prevention and support.


Any mention from the researchers in a BBC Scotland report of:

  1. Baby boxes worth £30?
  2. The Child Payment of £25 weekly for every child?
  3. The Pregnancy and Baby Payment replaces and expands on the UK Government’s Sure Start Maternity Grant by providing eligible families with £606 on the birth of their first child and £303 on the birth of any subsequent children?
  4. The Child Disability Payment and Child Winter Heating Assistance?
  5. 1 700 health visitors for a birth rate of around 4 000 per month. England only has 7 030 when, pro rata, it should have 17 000!



8 thoughts on “Babies in care – Researchers can’t find evidence of support for mothers

  1. Aye, but you soon twig to the reason this 2hr old story is BBC Scotland’s focus when you look to what’s top spot on the UK web-page ALSO at 2hrs old, “Javad Marandi: Tory donor’s link to massive money laundering probe”
    It’s what’s driven off the BBC/Scotland that is their focus…

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  2. There is also the Childsmile progranme lowering rates of dental decay, info on sites like Parentline, Playtalkread, Bookbug and PEEP sessions though the funding for the latter has dwindled as pressures grow on council spending. Scotland really benefited from UK wide Sure Start funding which let them develop lots of different parent and child services but of course Tory austerity and disinclination to provide universal services have eroded these over the last 12 years

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  3. This is another example of BBC Scotland reporters misrepresenting a report to cast Scotland in a bad light.

    The report is a first attempt to quantify the issue and to identify things that could be looked at with a view to changing practice so that fewer babies are taken into care.

    Sadly, the specific circumstances have always been that social workers are often faced with babies who are in imminent danger of neglect and the condition of the mother and, if he is present, partner is such that they are unfit to care for the child. In many cases, family members, usually the grandparents, are not nearby or are themselves unwilling or unfit to care for the baby.

    In cases where some babies are left with the parents and the baby dies, then our baleful media immediately demand that social workers ‘heads must roll’. Blaming is what the media want, not solutions or examinations of the circumstances.

    This ‘article’ is illustrated by a vox pop by ONE mother, who is presented as being a victim like the mothers of ‘the Magdalene Laundries’ in Ireland.

    Ameliorating such cases in society requires a public investment and time to bring about change. And time is not something the media allow. They want someone to dehumanise and BLAME.

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    1. That was a good read Artyhetty, I think we should post this on replies to everything the BBC S brigade post on Twitter
      “I’m sure you believe everything you say. But what I’m saying is if you believed something different you wouldn’t be sitting where you’re sitting.”’

      I see we now have a timeline for the SNP Finance Controversy on BBC Scotland website. Must have missed the ones for the PPE procurements, Test & Trace, the NE freeport funding arrangements and the Conservative donors “controversy” Maybe we need Mr Clerkin to pit in a complaint first?

      PS is it too obvious I have now retired?

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