So the UK is accused by UNICEF of failing its children . For anyone who has ever watched the Jeremy Kyle Show, or has personal experience of social services or urban mainstream schooling, this will come as no surprise. Services for children are regulated to an extent never seen before, yet the system continues to fail, badly.
Two particularly horrific stories have hit the news in the last couple of weeks. A disabled preschool child returned to her parents by social services, only to be systematically tortured. A two year old found dead in her own home, her uncle charged with her rape and murder. Sickening.
On a happier note, I received a parcel from Amazon today which included eight books from the Picador Shots series. Tiny little volumes each containing one short story, perfect to slip into a pocket or handbag for a short journey or a waiting room. I'm looking forward to discovering some authors new to me.