This story supports the Conventional approach because they say that children are vulnerable and that the best family is the nuclear and that working mum and single parent families lead to delinquent children. Victoria was vulnerable and she died because of the physical abuse she was given by Kouao and especially Manning. Their family wasn’t nuclear because she spent time in between leaving her real parents and Kouao meeting Manning as a single parent family. Also Kouao was working which is against the conventional approach because it leads to delinquent children. Conventional believers could say that the physical abuse was punishment since Victoria would be a delinquent because she was brought up wrong.
The 2004 children act was called every child matters. It stated that the social services had to make sure every child:
- Is healthy.
- They stay safe.
- They enjoy and achieve through learning.
- They make a positive contribution to society.
- They achieve economic well-being.
This may have helped because there services would have noted that earlier she wasn’t in school. They would have had to keep her safe and healthy as well so should never have been physical abused.
Victoria’s case shows that we cannot make a generalisation about every child and their childhood because not every child is treated like that. A lot of children have had a good childhood but a lot haven’t either. Some children are brought up by good parents who have good parental skills and the children will probably do that for their children. However if the child had a bad childhood and was abused they are more likely to do it to any of their children they may have.
The government agencies like child protection can fail to protect children like Victoria because no one can track every child. The government agencies can’t watch every child at the same time so a lot of children can be missed. Also human error comes in and if someone makes a wrong judgement then it could have repercussions like the death of a child.
A recent case of this would be Vivian Gamor. She was acting increasingly strange towards her children before then she killed them attacked 10-year-old Antoine with a hammer and suffocated daughter Kenniece, three, with cling film in January last year. Social services knew Vivian had schizophrenia but did not work close enough to try and tackle the problem.
Another would be in Bristol a baby Rio in July 21st 2007 a 14 month old baby died from having an overdose from his crack addicted mothers drugs. The child was in care of his prostitute mother why his dad was out getting more drugs. His mother had a morphine and methadone intoxication so was clearly unfit to care for the baby. His farther was sentenced to manslaughter and got 5 years.