Regarding the verdicts in the Khyra Ishaq case, Children’s Secretary Ed Balls said:
I have bolded the parts of the statement I think are very important to us(and all other home educating familiesin the UK).
What happened to Khyra Ishaq and the other children involved in this case was tragic and will shock and appal everyone who reads or hears about her terrible death. It is very hard for any of us to understand how adults could do this to children in their care.
There are clearly serious questions to be answered about what local services and professionals were doing in the months before this tragedy took place. As the trial has shown, it is now clear that concerns about these children were not acted upon effectively and it is right that a Serious Case Review has been carried out.
The Local Safeguarding Children Board will report shortly - I expect it to publish a full and detailed Serious Case Review (SCR) executive summary that is clear about what happened and what action is being taken as a result. The Government has already taken decisive action to intervene in Birmingham’s children's services, following Ofsted's judgement in December 2008 that their services were inadequate in terms of safeguarding. If we think there is more to do, we will.
The trial has demonstrated, and statements today from the police confirm, that home education was a factor in this case. It shows why we do need a system in place to make sure that when children are home educated or removed from school, they not only get a good education but are safe. That is why I asked Graham Badman to review home education and home educated children’s safety and welfare.
I am now taking forward Graham Badman’s recommendations that every local authority should have access to any home educating family and that all home educating parents must register with the local authority. We will do all we can to ensure the safety of children, in Birmingham and elsewhere, including using statutory powers where it is right to do so.
The first one is:
The trial has demonstrated, and statements today from the police confirm, that home education was a factor in this case.
First of all for home education to be a factor a child has to be home educated. There is no indications what so ever that Khyra was in fact home educated. Khyra's "mother" was smart and she played the system point. I can throw a sicky and not be ill, whilst this example is no way in the same league, the idea is the same. My absense from work would have nothing to do with being ill but everything to do with playing the system.
There where plenty of oppertunities to help Khyra just have a look at this timeline provided by the BBC.
or what about Brandon Muir? just read this article or this one or just to be clear a point to point by the beeb.
Then there is Tiffany Wright read about her tragic story here, here and here.
Then there is obviously Baby P, I am assuming you know all about his tragic story since it got so much press but in case you don't read this, this and this.
Here is a list compiled by No 2 abuse it lists 33! children
What is so striking about all these cases is that Social failures, Sorry I mean social services had plenty of oppertunities to help, plenty. but due to I am sure a huge number of factors didn't. *I* don't care about their reasons they failed BIG time.
Yet balls has the balls to pull the home education line together with a girl who suffered more than any of us can ever imagine. Instead of having the balls to admit the government and so called social services are failing children up and down the country.
Balls has the balls to spread resources even thinner by adding in yet another "system" that will cost an enormous amount of money. A system that will most likely be understaffed and undertrained from the get go. a system that in all probability wil not be maintained by subsequent governements because of the high cost low ROI.
I mean they have so many systes started an dnot finished, or badly finished or going so far over budget its insane. Not to mention all the mistakes that get made troughout the various departments when a new system is put in place.
And then there is the other factor of "ownership"
Lets take a dog right you go buy a dog from that moment the dog is your responsibility, you have to train him, care for him and when you abuse him the rspca take him away.
Lets take a child, you give birth to him, you care for him, but thats where it ends educations becomes the responsibility of the government, apparantly this is where they get part time ownership. How is that ok? how is it that the government thinks it has the right to make desicions about your child when the can't even protect the ones that are in their care?
Now if you are unaware of what is going on with HE in the UK Ed Balls wants he'ers to register (expected annoying but doable) he also want the right to have access to our homes (erm don't think so!) and he thinks it is perfectly ok for one of his puppets to have access to our children ALONE! (hell no way not on this planet!!) obviously since all his puppets have proven to be so competant and trustworthy I should be absolutely fine with this ha!
I would love to see balls have the balls to own up the the failures of this pathetic government instead of blaming a minority in the UK.