Originally Posted by Helen_A
And the 'results' simply don't last. There have been families here who have been used and chewed and then spat out by the programme makers. The results were filmed, and there was/is no follow up. The children in these families are hung out to dry, the programme publicity sees them spread across the tabloid press etc etc etc and being on the programme follows them for years. People remember, to the extent that families have had to move, or ended up with SS involvement (sorry, our CPS) on the extent of what was seen on screen (remember a highly edited, highly storyboarded view of them). Families have no rights to view the programme before broadcast, to have changes made where they are pictured inaccurately... the only recourse they have if untruths are depicted are by law (and that will go with the programme makers because its civil law which is extremely expensive to persue in the UK, plus you've signed a contract so bleph! ) or by going to the media themselves (and our tabloid press will see them hung out to dry in public opinion, whatever whatever!).
Similar things have happened here, there are boards discussing it and the families who are actually on the show have to be careful what they say because they signed a contract and they can be sued.
I do think that she helps in some cases. Areas where parents were hitting their kids or swearing at them, she comes in and stops that. If parents are acting agressively to the kids she stops that too. Last night I was watching one where the dad wasn't spending time with his kids, he said he had no energy. She was getting on him about that. I feel that he was depressed and she should have been getting him to a counselor, but she seemed to be trying to fix it by berating him. At the end they showed him teaching his son to ride a bike, and therefore all was well.
I did get very irritated at the show where she "helped" a mother to wean her 14 month old by having her go cold turkey, switching her to the bottle, and she repeated talked about how any nursing over the age of one is just for the emotional well being of the mom.