WHAT is the point of a social worker who does not act in the face of obvious abuse?
And what good is a teacher who does nothing when a child reports abuse?
Judge Mohini Moodley correctly took these people to task in comments while sentencing the mother of Baby X yesterday.
They were negligent in the extreme, and one wonders if they cannot also be charged for their roles in the sorry saga.
None of them was named. They should be, for the world to know the type of people they are.
None of them deserves to remain employed in their jobs, which require care and compassion.
Had any one of them acted, Baby X might still be alive today.
However, they are not the only ones to blame.
Given the horror of the abuse inflicted on Baby X by her mother and grandmother, it is difficult to believe that she would have reacted with anything less than anguished, blood-curdling screams and cries.
Yet nobody in the neighbourhood appears to have heard, or cared enough to do something about it.
This is a sad, sad indictment on the state of the nation.
We need to do better. We need to care more.