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The story told from the `other side`....,
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This review is from: Wednesday's Child (Paperback)It`s not often we get to hear what the social workers or the child care workers have to say regarding specific cases of child abuse, but here we are, shane is telling us the stories of 3 families with deep problems, and how he - along with his colleagues - dealt with them. Although i enjoyed this book i can`t imagine there are many child care workers who are still sitting with distured or upset kids at 7pm, when they should have finished work at 5pm - as shane says he did. If shane did half the stuff he tells us he did - and i`m not saying for a minute that i don`t believe him - then he is indeed an angel in the social care field - and i doubt there are many of those around. I find it very difficult to imagine a whole group of social workers downing tools in the office and rushing off to calm down 6 siblings who have just been moved to another `home` and are carrying on. And forgive me, but i have yet to hear of a social worker who takes kids to macdonalds on a regular basis so that they can live out their `childish dreams.` Aaaalsooo- A WHOLE DAY sat waiting in the car for one child who wasn`t home when he called....? And the regression thing...? Do social services really do that ? Set up a room in your house to take one disturbed child back to her time in the womb...? Taking into account that this `child` was 15 years of age, i doubt very much that social services would - or would even be allowed to - go to those lengths. It`s all very `look what a great job we do with these kids` sort of thing, and it left me wondering - as the social workers appear to be so vigilant - how on earth kids like JOE PETERS ( cry silent tears )managed to `slip through the net`....? Joe was locked in the cellar by his mother for about three years - AND NOBODY EVEN MISSED HIM ! Where were all the shanes of the child social care world then..?
I did enjoy your book shane, and in fact i have just ordered your next one, but you really do need to start giving us the hard facts now. I, for one, have read many, many books on true child abuse, and even i know that there is never a happy ending - and i have yet to hear of even one case where the child is watched over daily by his or her social worker.
As i said shane, it`s not that i don`t believe you, but i think you tend to `gloss over` some facts,leave others out completely, and maybe give the child social care world far too many undeserved pats on the back. In my opinion a few kicks up the backside wouldn`t go amiss !!
`Having a meeting, sitting around drinking coffee and eating apple sponge` - yes - that sounds about right - that`s how i imagined it...
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2009 13:40:07 BDT
M. Tierney says:
Why on earth did you give it 5 stars.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2009 01:02:36 BDT
Leeds lass says:
I said i didn`t believe some of what i was reading - that doesn`t mean i didn`t enjoy it.
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