“Baby P could have become a parasite”; Head of Barnardos UK quoted

“The probability is that, had Baby P survived, he might have been unruly by the time he reached the age of 13 or 14. At which point he’d have become feral, a parasite, a yob”

This is from Martin Narey, the head of Barnardos, a leading UK children’s charity, who work to “bring out the best in every child” no matter what issue they face.

For those of you who don’t know the baby P case has been all over the UK media. This was the tragic case of a baby who was beaten so badly that he died, it turned out his spine was broken. The local social services had visited the family on up to 50 occassions. I’m not going to talk here about what should or shouldn’t have happened, you can read more details here.

What concerns me is, and I would note that I don’t know the context of this quote from the Sunday Times, but why would the head of a charity, that works to protect the most vulnerable in our society,  find any context to make such a statment or find a situation where he is quoted as saying such a thing.

What on earth is going on there!

If you were a supporter of this organisation, major donor, corporate sponsor, volunteer, whatever, how would you be feeling right now?

I came across this quote in the Sunday times, I didn’t see it anywhere else and it may have slipped by relatively unnoticed, Phew says Barnardos. It will be interesting to see if or what the fall out from it is.

2 thoughts on ““Baby P could have become a parasite”; Head of Barnardos UK quoted

  1. The Guardian reported it last week, and there’s a bit more context here.

    Narey was clearly trying to say something very important and pertinent, and he chose – to say the least – a rather attention grabbing and provocative way of saying it.

    My initial reaction, when I say the headline quote, was quite negative, but once I read a little more it made a lot of sense. Still, a risky strategy to pursue

  2. Damian…thanks for the link to the guardian piece. You are right, and as I suspected, it was out of context and when you read it in context it makes some more sense.

    It certainly was a risky strategy though….as is borne out in the fact that the Sunday Times chose to highlight the shocking element of the quote. Maybe it has backfired a bit?

    Here is a fuller version of the quote:

    “It saddens me that the probability is that had Baby P survived, given his own deprivation, he might have been unruly by the time he had reached the age of 13 or 14.

    “At which point he’d have become feral, a parasite, a yob, helping to infest our streets. The response to his criminal behavior would have been to lock him up – but we believe these children deserve better.”

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