Our pity for child victims must also extend to the ones that survive

In this opinion piece Tanya Gold examines the public reaction to child deaths through abuse or neglect.

She makes a convincing argument that whilst there will be public fury about these cases and pity for the children, there is little deeper consideration to the factors (like child poverty, criminalisation of children and the “imperfect and under-funded” care system) that can make children vulnerable. The article concludes that as a society we have far more empathy for the child victim than the potentially troubled adult they may grow to become.