Thursday, 4 November 2010

Little Ted's

From today's Guardian website.

Poor regulation, inadequate staff training and a lack of supervision created an "ideal environment" in which nursery worker Vanessa George could abuse children in her care, a serious case review concluded today. The regulator Ofsted was criticised for not picking up concerns about Little Ted's nursery in Plymouth, where George sexually assaulted infants.

Members of the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board, which carried out the review, found the inspection regime was a "tick box" exercise and called for the government to look at the way checks are carried out by the regulator.
It's worth remembering that Ofsted is responsible for quality assessment of the ISI, who carried out successive inspections of St. Benedict's School without finding anything amiss. Coincidence? I think not.

And Ofsted has recently praised the quality of the ISI's inspections.


  1. The Little Ted's Serious Case Review Press Conference:

    Safeguarding is everyone's business.

    Jim Gould - Chairman Plymouth SCB

  2. Skipping merrily back a chapter or two, maybe it would be worth reviewing how many of ISI's recommendations have actually been implemented so far. It's looking like zero would be a fair approximation.
    It hardly looks worth them having gone to the bother of making any recommendations if they are just going to go straight from the in-tray to the waste-paper basket.
    The word 'recommendations' is a kind of euphemism for 'requirements' in the gentlemen's agreement world of ISI. Oh...just spotted a flawlet...we're not dealing with gentlemen,are we?

  3. Oh, I don't know. Didn't Pearce prefer blondes?

  4. We've got a new joker, I see - a straight man and comic all rolled into one! Do we really have to have such people commenting?

  5. Well it's better than the Abbeyvista and his alter ego posting their bile all over this site as they have done for months.

    Black humour? Yes! But did Pearce prefer blondes?

  6. Sorry, I prefer the Abbeyvista humour. Take a look at the 'hilarious', or rather sick, references to Basil Nickerson in 'Original...'!

    If we had 'bile' we now have vile. Anyway, be careful for, as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

  7. Don't go to the Apollo or the Comedy Club - you won't last till the first interval.

  8. 08.50 - You volunteer to be offended at almost anything as long as it permits you another knock at this blog.

    West and his site are responsible for the DfE commissioned ISI follow-up report into the serial and concealed child abuse scandal at St Benedict's Ealing.

    What is your problem with that?

  9. Goodness, haven't we heard that before, somewhere?
    18:40 what you volunteer may impress Mr West, but not too many more people, I can assure you!

  10. See this blog's back doing what it does best- what regular folks do morning and evening!

  11. It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he be cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

    Luke 17:2.


  12. Our 'little ones': Ted, Michael and Mr West!

  13. A typical contribution from an Abbey supporter @09.11.

    Thank you.

  14. Re 23:03

    Not necessarily an 'abbey supporter'! Perhaps, just someone who dislikes cant.

  15. @08:53

    Cant indeed!

    That's a fine way to describe the words of Jesus Christ, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    An Abbey supporter who doesn't know his bible, what a surprise!

    Luke 17:2, maybe the Abbot could explain it to you.

  16. Indeed!

    Talk of labouring a point. I suspect no one missed the reference - a) it's clearly labelled and b) it's a saying we've heard read, re-read and quoted all our lives. So, it’s not exactly an obscure verse, is it?

    However, I wonder exactly where does the ‘corruption’ of children begin and end? Many of us need to give a lot more serious thought to the matter. But, then I suspect most of the comments issuing from those claiming to support this blog stem more from a desire to 'hang millstone’s round necks' than to protect children.

  17. .

    'CORRUPTION' – means, to take a handful of examples, TEACHING CHILDREN:

    • to believe in a seemingly endless hierarchy of ‘uses’ and ‘thems’;
    • to believe that a world in which over a third of the population struggles well below the poverty line is an okay sort of world;
    • to believe that it’s perfectly okay for human beings, when properly sanctioned, to kill one another on mass - e.g. the total deaths resulting from warfare in the 20th Century were close to 240 million;
    • to believe that one group has a unique grasp of ultimate truth;
    • to believe that the world, with its rich diversity of fauna and flora, exists essentially, if not solely, to serve man.

    This list could go on and on! So, yes, woe unto them that corrupt little ones in such blatantly hideous and mindless ways!

  18. Well said, above. Reading this blog one would imagine that Life itself hung somehow in the balance between its supporters and its critics. Everything on this little stage is black or white, right or wrong.

    Yup, 15:52/16:24, the brainwashing of the innocent is going on all the time, everywhere. But, as good ex-Catholics, the guys on this blog see corruption only in terms of that most dangerous of dangerous things – SEX.

  20. Sex does indeed seem to haunt many guilt ridden Catholics, 20:58, and religious people generally. It's tragic that their moral concern doesn't stretch a bit further.