saywhatm8
Badges: 2
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 6 years ago
#1
If a parent left their child unattended in a park, and that child was kidnapped, are social services wrong for questioning their suitability as a parent/guardian? To say they should have done something different on their end to prevent the crime would be apportioning blame/responsibility to them. Obviously, they should be able to leave the child unattended without fearing a kidnapper abducting them, but they are not naive and know that they do not live in a world where this is the case. Consequently, the parent is expected to act in a way that mitigates the foreseeable risks associated with a child being left unattended, and failing to respond to these foreseeable risks is seen as a failing on their part. Is this victim blaming? Is it unacceptable? How should social services react?

Unless the kidnapping happened by random chance, it must mean the victim could have done something to alter the risk of becoming a victim. To what extent is knowing this but not acting on it a form of personal negligence?
1
reply
Liv1204
Badges: 19
Rep:
?
#2
Report 6 years ago
#2
Interesting argument. I would say it isn't victim blaming as such - they are not to blame for the child being kidnapped as that blame obviously lies with the perpetrator. But yes, I would argue that it is unacceptable to leave a young child in a situation like that because as a parent you have parental responsibility to protect the child.

There's no law to say at what age a child can be left unattended (at home), but it is an offence to leave a child unattended if it puts them at risk. That depends on how old the child is I think - at an age where a child has a sense of 'stranger danger', safety and knows what the rules are, where they can go, etc etc etc, I'd say it is reasonable and not negligent to leave that child unattended. For very young children that is obviously not the case.
0
reply
limetang
Badges: 19
Rep:
?
#3
Report 6 years ago
#3
The victim of the crime here is the child that was kidnapped though. They are culpable for that crime via negligence.
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

What factors affect your mental health the most right now?

Anxiousness about lockdown easing (150)
4.91%
Uncertainty around my education (450)
14.74%
Uncertainty around my future career prospects (342)
11.2%
Lack of purpose or motivation (424)
13.89%
Lack of support system (eg. teachers, counsellors, delays in care) (143)
4.68%
Impact of lockdown on physical health (185)
6.06%
Loneliness (263)
8.61%
Financial worries (111)
3.64%
Concern about myself or my loves ones getting/having been ill (123)
4.03%
Exposure to negative news/social media (139)
4.55%
Lack of real life entertainment (167)
5.47%
Lack of confidence in making big life decisions (269)
8.81%
Worry about missed opportunities during the pandemic (287)
9.4%

Watched Threads

View All