That lack of compassion seems to be a feature of public sector workers:
Council staff are said to have spied on the young parents at night as part of a plan to see if they were fit to look after their baby, who was sleeping in another room.If the council workers were that desperate to see a mentally disabled couple in bed together, I’m sure there are, ummm, ‘specialist websites’ that cater for that kind of thing. There’s no need to spend taxpayers money on it…
The mother and father were forced to cite the Human Rights Act, which protects the right to a private life, before the social services team backed down and agreed to switch off the surveillance camera while they were in bed together.
In the latest case, documented in a report published by the British Institute of Human Rights to mark the tenth anniversary of the Human Rights Act, an unnamed council used CCTV to keep an eye on a mother and father with learning difficulties as their parenting skills were under question.And as the kid slept in another room, the point of the camera in their bedroom was…?
Social services departments are allowed to place adults in units known as "residential family centres" if they fear their children could be at risk of abuse or neglect. Staff assess the families in a controlled environment to determine whether their children should be taken into care.
"With the help of a visiting neighbour, the couple successfully invoked their right to respect for private life.They ‘explained they did not want their intimacy to be monitored’. Savour that phrase.
"They explained that they did not want their intimacy to be monitored and that, besides, the baby slept in a separate nursery.
"As a result, the social services team agreed to switch off the cameras during the night so that the couple could enjoy their evenings together in privacy."
And it took a neighbour to help them with this! Not an official advocate for the couple (if one was appointed, they presumably had no objection), an outsider, who displayed the common sense and compassion so sadly lacking in the staff.
So, what kind of people are we employing that this needed to be pointed out to them? Do they lack all humanity?
Sorry, I’m beginning to think that’s a redundant question…