Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Failing children

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.


Jackie Luben said...

This relates to yesterday, rather than today. I did Open University for two years, before deciding to give it up because I wanted to get back to creative writing. But a few years later, when I started accumulating credits at the local University on a Creative Writing course, I used my OU credits towards a degree. Try to hang on till the end of the academic year; then if you stop, you can carry on, with those credits under your belt, and use them later.

Anne Brooke said...

Yes, I agree with Jackie - as ever! But for today I'm appalled to hear about the children - or anyone the victim of such a situation indeed. Sometimes we do live in a terrible world.


Cathy said...

Thanks for your encouragement yet again, Jackie and Anne. The thing is I don't have the motivation of wanting to get a degree...I already have one...I'm doing these courses just for interest/personal development.I got spoiled doing the OU level two writing course last year, as it seemed more like fun than study!

I would like to do an MA in Creative Writing one day, but at present family circumstances would not allow me enough time so that will have to wait.

Anne Brooke said...

But you can do it for the love of it, and/or for the sense of the personal achievement, Cathy - and that counts just as much as any desire for a degree. So I'd still stay stick at it, gal.

Also, you can work up to the creative writing MA later on - and look at this as keeping your hand in.