Elizabeth (not her real name) is an intelligent 13 year old girl. She is in care because her mother is alleged to be an unfit parent due to alcohol mis-use. She has never been physically assaulted and her mother has access to her. Her mother never abandoned her to go on holidays abroad with a toy boy leaving her in the care of her 83 year old mother.
Her foster mother, however, did abandon her.
Elizabeth returned home one night from school recently to find her foster mother's own 83 year old mother on the floor senseless. She was looking after Elizabeth while her daughter was on holiday in North Africa with a young man. Elizabeth raised the alarm and the emergency services attended.
Read about it in the papers? No? Neither did I. Imagine if it had been the mother who abandoned Elizabeth. The local, if not regional or national, papers would be baying for blood. As it is Elizabeth has a new carer. Routine changes, not a response to this affair. This blog would suffer worse punishment if we revealed Elizabeth's identity than the absent carer has received.
The mind boggles! Rochdale is only 10 miles away and this is the level of care in Tameside. God help us!!