As a side issue but linked to the last posting .... privatization of public services yet again :
https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-b ... ice-system
LABOUR will boot failing private firms out of our probation system and return the rehabilitation of prisoners to public hands, shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon pledged yesterday.
Following the Labour Party’s manifesto commitment to review the role of private Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), Mr Burgon confirmed that it would restore probation to the “high quality service it once was.”
Let's hope the private sector does not encroach anymore in CarerLand ... at least we still have a focal point when something goes wrong , usually the LA which is governed by guidelines ... a wafer thin comfort for most ?
An old report from the National Elf Service web site ... November 2014 ... which readers of this thread will find extremly interesting in contrast to some " Official " sites out there :
https://www.nationalelfservice.net/soci ... er-carers/
Carers policy and practice: What about ‘former carers’ ?
It pulls no punches and is written in plain English !
Another site worth mentioning ..... The Open University : Former Carers :
The Former Carers Study.
Exploring the experiences of former carers in the UK.
A little ancient ... 2014 / 2015 but full of interesting snippets should any reader want to explore further.
Probably a silly question to the readers of 2017 ?
Anyone explored the possibility of a " Carers Probation Officer " ... detailed earlier in this thread ... since first muted ?
I don't think I need a pen to record the answer to that one ?
There are many issues that CAN be tackled at local manor level ... just needs a bit of time and , more importantly , the Will to finally say " Enough is enough ! "
Things don't change overnight ... and will never do so unless someone somewhere makes the first move.
Little acorns ?
In the mid 60s , 3 / 4 people met around a coffee table expressing views on a recent BBC drama ... Cathy Come Home.
50+ years later , just look at SHELTER !
In 1996 Paddy and Carol Henderson met Baby Boris, a street baby living at Central Railway station with his 14-year-old mother. Paddy and Carol were working for a UN feeding programme at the time.
21 years later ... 2017 ... Trussells ... the largest food bank provider in the UK.
Donate a can of food , the end user receives a can of food ... not half empty after " Expenses " have been deducted.
In 1971, a small group of activists set sail to the Amchitka island off Alaska to try and stop a US nuclear weapons test. The money for the mission was raised with a concert, their old fishing boat was called “ The Greenpeace ”.
Not exactly a " Sea cruise " many would select ... freezing conditions / motor powered rubber dingy ... playing dodge the exploding harpoon ... hoping that the captain of that steel mountain doesn't lose patience and steer an intercept course ... ???
It can be done ....