It might appear from tabloid coverage that there’s a clear line between “respectable” families and those in which children are abused – and that limited resources should be targeted accordingly – but we know this simply isn’t the case.
With hindsight it might seem obvious that coaches should never have been allowed to be alone behind closed doors with the boys in their care, and that any form of touching was inappropriate. But a blanket ban on physical contact between adults and children in sport is neither practical nor desirable.
The BBC aimed to uncover “the whole story” about three deaths in Fife, but its documentary neglected to mention what is surely a key context: austerity.
Social workers in Scotland mostly engage with families on a voluntary basis … and there are checks and balances to ensure everyone is treated fairly.