Social services

It is impossible to overstate the consequences of cuts to services for our young people. The Tories have betrayed a generation, Cat Smith MP writes.
For years, I expected to die - at my own hand or at someone else’s
People with long-term health conditions and their carers are being pushed to breaking point
The government is systematically failing our children and their families
Services need to have a more holistic view and look at the women's wider experiences; what they have been through, are going through, and how they are dealing with it. Women don't really understand the impact all these experiences have on their mental, emotional and physical health. I didn't.
It took 10 years of sporadic physical and emotional abuse and two years of counselling from a specialist domestic abuse worker before my fog cleared and I built the strength to leave. Walking away is the best thing I did, nevertheless, in my opinion, there is potential for the fog to return at times so we need to be proactive in preventing it and supporting women, like me, disperse it when it does.
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Working as I do with social services, the lack of worth attached to these young girls is something that I recognise, sometimes the statutory focus on removal of babies at birth, rather than support being given where it is needed, can feel like eugenics without the sterilisation.