If you have not heard, the site is taking an indefinite hiatus. Although she certainly seems to have tried Mrs Taylor did not force us to do this and it has not been done in order that she save face, it has been done so that the information which was shared here does not interfere with the work of the appropriate authorities.
Of course, I am limited in what I ought to say but I’m sure you can understand how the public availability of all of this information might damage testimony credibility.
Rest assured that although they have been removed from the site for now, your stories have not disappeared: I still have all of them, and they have been made available to those who need them now.
I have to take this opportunity to thank you all one more time for your time and your courage in sharing your stories, both here and privately. Those of you who shared your experiences for all to read have contributed to what will hopefully be a real and permanent change while those who wrote privately to me, often with the most moving stories, helped me when I needed to be reminded that we were all doing the right thing.
As, for the moment, I can no longer publish your experiences here, below you will find the details for the agencies you should be contacting with any concerns. I will also endeavour to keep the site up to date with any information which might be useful to parents going forward, therefore if you do wish to add any such information (for example nurseries which are taking on new children. Please feel free to still use the comment box, although the comments will no longer show up automatically I will still receive and publish them.
For issues of child protection:
Joint Child Protection Unit
Aberdeen City Council
For more general issues within the early years department:
Care Inspectorate complaints department:
Online complaint form: http://www.scswis.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7710&Itemid=552
– I would just like to add, if you choose to remain anonymous when making a complaint please remember to include as much detail as possible as they will not be able to ask you any follow up questions –
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!