When cooperation breaks down, lives are on the line

Studying the systemic cracks that children in care fall through could go some way to protecting others

18th September, 2016
We need to pay more attention on how we keep our children safe in care Pic: iStock

A dam was 14 when he killed himself, after two years of near-constant contact with social services – as detailed in this column recently. He fell through the cracks.

Daniel McAnaspie, killed at 17; Tracy Fay and Danny Talbot, both dead at 19 of overdoses: these were other children who fell through the cracks.

Children who fall through the cracks make headlines. But the cracks do not. The media moves on, seeking new tragedies, less interested in the...

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