‘Cruelty of the Doncaster Case: Could it happen here?’
Objective of assignment: to answer the question plus demonstrate comprehensive understanding of the Nature v Nurture Debate and Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model of Child Development.
Savages, Evil, Sadists- these are some of the phrases that have been used to describe the two young brothers aged 11 and 10 years old from Doncaster in the UK who were convicted of a horrific attack on two other children. Anyone who reads the details of the vicious attack will be shocked by the brutality of it. The act was not one of pure evil but of two ‘damaged’ children failed by the care system.
These words ‘failed by the care system’ would raise the questions; Is it right to say the care system? What about the family and environmental system before care? Also us reading it happening in the UK could trigger the question, Could it happen in Ireland?
According to Barnardos (2009) ‘All children have the right to live free of fear, neglect and abuse’.
The Doncaster boys, as stated in Ferguson’s Report in The Guardian (2009), did live in poverty and were neglected by their mother who misused drugs and alcohol. From the review of the Doncaster case it is clearly understood that the environment the boys were brought up in was a huge issue. Their undealt with antisocial behavior led to violence so is it put down to the neglect, poverty, educational disadvantage and lack of support from their family and care system? Social care was judged very poor in Doncaster last year having failed to prevent a number of deaths.
Children and young people are among the most vulnerable members of society and that is why it is a societal responsibility to ensure that laws, policies and services offer the best protection to insulate them from those who would exploit or harm them.
The answer to the question- could this happen in Ireland? Unfortunately statistics have shown it can.
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