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(p. 349) Letter to The Times: Neglected Children 

(p. 349) Letter to The Times: Neglected Children
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(p. 349) Letter to The Times: Neglected Children
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271350.003.0067
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date: 23 January 2018

In this letter to The Times, Winnicott talks about the ordinary home and ordinary parents doing an ordinary good job of starting off infants and children with a basis for mental health in order to become part of the community. Nothing, in Winnicott’s view, must be allowed to interfere with this. There are homes where children are neglected or cruelly treated, and organizations to assist with this, but Government department access to bad homes should not be intrusive, or more harm than good will be done. He emphasises the serious shortage of trained workers which he believes will hinder implementation of the new Children’s Act that resulted from the valuable Curtis Report.

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