Baby P and the image of care

The only tragedy that counts in the terrible saga of Baby P is the abuse the poor toddler suffered. People losing jobs and heads rolling pale into insignificance compared to the suffering of a human being incapable of escaping his tormentors.

The press need no excuse to lambast the care industry and in this case there has been no shortage of advice on what to do with the social work fraternity.

The desolate image of Baby P staring into a camera will become as iconic as those of Myra Hindley and Ian Huntley. This, in itself is an indictment on care because it is neither the perpetrators nor victims of abuse that should grab the visual headlines. The plaudits and column inches should focus on hundreds of thousands of carers, service users, practitioners, professionals and families involved in day-to-day delivery and receipt of creative and loving care.

We have worked with service users and practitioners in Care Images, and it has been a privilege to document the wonderful work that is going on out there. Pity we don’t hear about it more.