Last week, the report was published on a case in which the Western Health Board failed to protect six children from their drunken, sexually-abusive parents.
Both abusers are now in jail, but not before six children were permanently damaged through the actions of the criminals and the failure of the Health Board employees to protect them.
A right-wing Catholic organisation intervened by sponsoring a High Court action which had the effect of prolonging the children’s agony for two more years while the social workers, who didn’t seem to understand the judgement, vacillated and dithered.
Some of the people involved in this Catholic organisation appear to have intimidated Health Board officials, which indicates that they might be influential in the local area.
I recommend a careful reading of the report, which is unfortunately written in very insipid touchy-feely-speak, but which is nevertheless unable to escape the bleak truth. Six children were raped, starved and left to live in filth by two depraved drunks, while the social workers stood by with their heads up their arses.
Because the social workers were boys and girls fresh out of college, with no experience of life and a head full of half-witted sociology jargon.
While the social workers were recommending a bigger house for this family, the father and mother were both agreeing with everything they advised and simultaneously sexually abusing their children. These little social-working boys and girlies thought a bigger house would solve the problem, when we all know people who came from huge families, who grew up in tiny little cottages, and who experienced none of the depravity inflicted by these two savages.
The social workers were afraid. They were afraid of the mad Catholic ideologues defending their insane vision of the family. They were afraid of local power groups threatening their jobs. They might even have been afraid of their own bosses. And they were intoxicated by the feelings of infallibility conferred through the fake-scientific jargon of their fake-scientific training.
I’d like to know the following.
Which particular Catholic group took the action reported on?
Which senior officers of the Western Health Board were affiliated with this right-wing Catholic group, represented by the demented Mena Cribben?
What law firm represented this vicious bunch of life-hating maniacs?
What connection does this firm have with extreme right-wing Catholicism?
Why did the Health Board not attend the High Court hearing funded by this extreme group?
Who in the Health Board decided after receiving the High Court ruling, not to pursue the matter and save these children from abuse?
Why did two GPs flatly contradict each other, with one saying the children were neglected and the other saying they were well looked after?
Apart from all that, the Health Board failed the children in countless other ways.
Here are some random quotes from the report:
- 1989 A concerned neighbour contacted the Public Health Nurse (PHN1) expressing concern about the extent of the parents’ alcohol consumption; and alcohol being given to the baby. PHN 1 visited and found the baby pale and irritable.
- In 1990, further to a telephone call from Mr A, PHN 1 attended at the home as Mrs A had just given birth there. The nurse called the family GP who arranged a hospital admission. She advised the Inquiry Team that Mrs A explained to her some days later that she had drunk eleven vodkas the evening before the birth and had not realised that she was in labour. The PHN advised the Inquiry that she told Mrs. A that it was a lot of drink.
- The speech and language record for June 1999 shows that one of the older children, who was not taken to appointments in previous years, was referred again to the service. This child is described as not having walked until two years old and was having nightmares every night by the age of six.
There is something deeply sinister going on here. Something beyond mere neglect and beyond incompetence. These criminals were protected by ideologues and we need to know how far up in the Health Board their influence extended.