Anyone familiar with child protection services? There’s a story in the Sydney Morning Herald today about DOCS taking babies from mothers: Surge in infants taken from mothers after DOCS crackdown:
THE number of newborn babies taken from their mothers by the Department of Community Services has surged in the past two years.
Each day in NSW an infant younger than four weeks old will be removed from the mother, according to government data provided to Parliament.
The crackdown was the result of DOCS following up leads from NSW Health staff about mothers having problems, especially with drug and alcohol issues, said a spokeswoman for the Minister for Community Services, Linda Burney.
”Problems affecting parents, such as mental health concerns, drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence, are the primary factors behind the increase in reports.”
My question is: shouldn’t that be “leads from NSW Health staff about PARENTS having problems”? Why is it just mothers being blamed? Is this a Department thing, or a journalist thing?
Then there’s the quote from Opposition community services spokeswoman Pru Goward which rankles: “They are removing children as soon as possible, before they are too damaged. It is better to be safe than sorry seems to be the policy.”
Labelling people as damaged pisses me off so much. The idea that someone is “damaged goods”. Almost always used when referring to women, because women are something to be owned, but you only want to own one if she was a virgin before she met you.