Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Real Concern Is Not For Who You’d Expect…

Kingston Council has been criticised in a report examining how two troubled teenagers were left with potentially life threatening injuries after a triple stabbing in Chessington.
The two teenagers tried to rob a drug dealer near Sir Francis Barker recreation ground in Chessington on May 30 last year hours after walking out of a courtroom with a community sentence for another offence.
Well, I’d call that ‘their just deserts’, myself..!
The serious case review, published today, outlines how police and social workers, focused on "procedures not outcomes" for the boys, who had both been involved in previous criminal activity and had spent time in prison.
While the report says the incident may have been unavoidable, it criticises the borough's multi-agency working which allowed the pair to each skip more than a year of school.
It also says no-one recognised "that the escalation of their criminal activity could mean that they were at greater risk of significant harm".
Them. Their harm. That’s what concerns the report. Not potential harm to anyone else who happened to cross their path, whether a criminal themselves or an innocent member of the public.
It also called the failure to provide formal education to the teenagers "unacceptable".
And here they have a point – what stopped the council forcing them to attend school? Why is the council not taking itself to court, the way it would take anyone else?
Deborah Lightfoot, the newly appointed chair of the Kingston Local Safeguarding Children's Board, which commissioned the report, said: "The case is unusual in that it involves two young men who were simultaneously victims and perpetrators of crime.
"The events probably could not have been avoided but there were significant issues for us to learn lessons from and improve services.
"Professionals were not sufficiently aware of the implications of this anti-social behaviour. We were also looking at the individual and not looking at the impact of the two young men together.
"We are using this serious case review to ensure that across the local partnership the front line professionals are aware of these sorts of issues."
Which cut-and-paste effort probably cobbled together from all the other reports tells you nothing…

The police, however, are keen to make a point:
Kingston police borough commander Glen Tunstall, also newly appointed, said: "Stop and search is an effective tool. Had we done one more stop and search before they got to that location we wouldn’t be here.
“It is unclear whether we could have stopped these events from occurring."
Heh! Pick the bones out of that one, progressives!


Joe Public said...

"The serious case review, published today, outlines how police and social workers, focused on "procedures not outcomes” “

As you point out by highlighting the relevant phrase Julia, the review’s writers themselves are a tad hypocritical.

As the recently deceased Noel Harrison wrote:

"Round like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending on beginning
On an ever-spinning reel"

Bucko said...

So are they saying that the various 'safeguarding' groups should follow criminals around and take action if it looks as though they may get injured in the course of their criminal activities?
Like getting stabbed off an irate drug dealer.

Tatty said...

How else will they sustain their own employment ???

Anonymous said...

Joe P,
'Windmills of your mind' was written by Michele Le Grand with English lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. However, I agree with the sentiment in which it was used.

Lynne at Counting Cats said...

I love these shit on shit attacks. No matter who kills or maims who, it's still a win-win situation.

Anonymous said...

I must be living in alternate Universe !

Criminals as 'victims'

Police and Social Services having to 'learn lessons' because of the aforementioned actions ?

Crazy. Bloody crazy.

Joe Public said...

@ Anon 14:56.

Mea Culpa

I should have written: "As the recently deceased Noel Harrison sang"

Anonymous said...

Believe it or not Police do have a duty of care, after some stated case (R v can't remember) set a preference, to career criminals and gangsters. For example, if police receive intelligence that Duwayne is gunning for Ibrahim, then Duwayne has to be informed that he may be in danger of injury or death. I kid you not.