I'm enraged right now.
I live next door (but one) to a junkie household where there are two kids who go in and out of social services care. I'm outraged ot see the older child has been put back with his mother again. He's been outside on the street for the last two hours looking utterly dejected, there are various junkies hanging around, all ignoring him. He's about 8 years old and really should be being looked after.
About two years ago in winter, when it was snowing, i had to go out to him as he had been calling her name trying to get into the house for at least an hour, he must have been about 6 then and he just had a vest on and no shoes. He was freezing and his skin was purplish, i had to shout through her letterbox and threaten to break her door if she didn't open it.
The thing is, i don't believe the mother is a bad person but i am positive she can not look after this child and i am disgusted that social services keep sending the kids back home when their mother has done nothing to get off the smack and crack she has been on for years.
There is a dealer supplying them who lives a couple of doors away the other side. Getting involved on a personal level is a definate No (except in emergencies), i have learnt that the hard way with previous neighbours where i used to live-it ended badly.
It just makes me so angry that this poor kid has been put back into an environment where he is totally neglected....