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Procedure or Heavy-Handed? Over a Dozen Police Officers Dispatched to Arrest a 10Yr Old From His Home.

Majority of child abuse cases may be manageable by close monitoring to prevent future abuse, particularly if it is established that the parents are decent and the issue at hand is only circumstantial and not habitual

A disturbing video showing several police officers attempting to retrieve a child to return him to a care home.

The child apparently self-reported at school that the mother “beat” him up, social services subsequently got involved and the child was taken to a care home.

The child “escaped” and ran back home, the police were alerted and they went on a mission to retrieve the child.

CAVEAT:

  1. The actual fact of the matter was not known

  2. Whether or not the child actually suffered from domestic abuse (either one-off or repeated) or a naughty child that was corrected and subsequently reported the parents without knowing the consequent

  3. The video started mid-conversation and went blank mid-chaos

  4. The status of legal proceeding not known as well.

My Thought:

Regardless of the on-going or concluded legal position of the parents and the future of the child that would be decided by the court, over a dozen police officers barging into a house to retrieve a child, who they had to force out of his bed as he refused to follow them is heavy-handed and inappropriate use of police resources.

The Social services upon knowing the child have returned home could have obtained a court paper ordering the mother to bring the child back to the care home.

Afterall, if there are enough protection and safeguard in the care home, a 10yr old child would not escape returning home, the fact that the child could let himself out in the first place is even a more dangerous position that the “abuse” he was supposed to be protected from at home.

Subjecting a family to this type of trauma is ridiculous abuse of system, forcing a child out of his home to be put in a care home amidst other kids who are there for different reasons, some from traumatized home and badly behaved kids and in the care of people that are only there to earn a living rather than helping the kids is a far more daunting prospect for the development of the child.

Majority of child abuse cases may be manageable by close monitoring to prevent future abuse, particularly if it is established that the parents are decent and the issue at hand is only circumstantial and not habitual, instead of the default method of taken the kids away from the parents only to make them worse.

 

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