Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Hurricane Sandy affecting SocialBaby's shopping basket

The effects of Hurricane Sandy are being felt far beyond the USA as power outages effect trade around the world.

For our own part, our socialbaby.com website lost functionality last night (UK time). Our Shopping Basket is hosted by Long Island based cartloom.com who lost all power at the onset of the storm. The result is any page on our website with an "Add to Basket" button is unlikely to load, or may take longer than you want to wait, whilst our pages try to connect with Cartloom's servers. This means our shop doesn't work, despite the fact our own servers and power supplies are unaffected.

We are all connected by technology and today we have discovered it can have it's down sides. I wonder how many businesses around the world are affected by Hurricane Sandy? Can you imagine the  global impact if Google ever went down - what site doesn't have Google embedded?

Cartloom are posting updates on their twitter @cartloom. We wish them well and hope they stay safe.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Smacking discussion on BBC Radio Five Live tonight

I've been asked to appear on BBC Radio Five Live tonight - in the anti-smacking camp.

Just after 11.00pm on the Toney Livesey show, here's the link to listen online


This follows the release of a mum after a judge says her actions were 'similar to those of many loving parents across the land'. Widely reported in the UK press yesterday.

It's a long standing debate and one I've been invited to discuss frequently on radio. Usually I am put against someone with extreme views who feels threatened by my stance and is unable to listen. Hopefully Trish Aduhu will not fall into that category. I'll report back.

Here is one article from the Daily Mail

And from the BBC website

Monday, 1 October 2012

It's been a while!

I'm back with a brief message at the start of a new phase in my blogging…
The Bringing Up Baby campaign was a tough one. It became all-consuming and pretty much took over my life, but it did make a difference. Not as great as I would have liked, but change is often made in small steps and other people have picked up where I had to leave off. The posts still get a lot of hits, so it is something that has far from gone away and touches a good number of people.
So what next?
Well a new look blog for starters, to go with our new look website. You can now read posts from directly within our website socialbaby.com or the blogger .

Thursday, 26 February 2009

ABC Australia's response to Bringing Up Baby

Thank you Victoria for contacting me about this dreadful and discredited series. I have not yet been able to correspond directly with ABC. They are fundamentally wrong in that Claire Verity has not been able to provide any evidence of any qualifications (see the Times article on this blog or here http://www.socialbaby.com/shop/page.asp?id=CVtimes). This is ABC's response to Victoria's complaint in which they use Claire Verity's fake qualifications as a defense. I don't blame ABC for this as I assume they I are using promotional material provided by Channel Four in the UK...

Dear Ms xxx

Thank you for your email regarding the first episode of the British
documentary series Bringing Up Baby, broadcast on ABC1 on 19 February.

The ABC regrets that you were concerned by the inclusion of Claire
Verity and the Truby King childcare method she espoused in this program.

I should first explain that Bringing Up Baby was categorised as topical
and factual content for the purposes of the ABC's Code of Practice. This
content category allows for the presentation of programs which reflect a
wide range of audience interests, beliefs and perspectives, including
programs which present controversial views. Where topical and factual
content deals with matters of contention or public debate, a diversity
of principal relevant perspectives must be demonstrated across a network
or platform in an appropriate timeframe.

Bringing Up Baby is a four-part series in which three of the past
century's most influential approaches to childcare are compared to
assess which, if any, are best for today's parents to use. The series
features Claire Verity, an advocate of the Truby King method, Dreena
Hamilton, an advocate of Dr Benjamin Spock's approach, and Claire Scott,
an advocate of the continuum concept, each of whom instruct and mentor
two families with newborn babies. It is important to note that the
series does not promote or advocate any particular childcare approach,
or endorse the views expressed by the three mentors.

The ABC acknowledges that some of the methods used in the program and
championed by each of the mentors are controversial, and more broadly,
that the question of how best to raise a baby is highly contentious.
Accordingly, in keeping with the requirements of the Code of Practice,
ABC Television must demonstrate a diversity of principal relevant
perspectives on childcare methods in an appropriate timeframe.

On review, the ABC considers that this episode of Bringing Up Baby
itself provided a range of perspectives on each method and on childcare
in general. In addition to the views of each mentor on the methods they
advocated, the program included the views of the other mentors on those
methods through scenes of robust debate between all three mentors, the
positive and negative feedback of each parent in relation to the methods
they were applying, and other views such as those of a broadcaster and a
1950s mother. Furthermore, other relevant viewpoints have been presented
on previous documentaries such as the Life at 1 and Life at 3 series
(http://abc.net.au/tv/life/). As such, the ABC is satisfied that the
requirement to demonstrate a diversity of principal relevant
perspectives has been met.

Your comments in relation to Claire Verity's qualifications are noted.
The ABC understands that Ms Verity is a nanny with many years of
experience. Throughout the program she was described as a mentor,
reflecting her role in the experiment. However, early in the program,
the narrator introduced her as a maternity nurse, which viewers may have
interpreted as implying that she has nursing qualifications. The ABC
acknowledges that Ms Verity has no such qualifications and should not
have been described as a maternity nurse. ABC Television has advised
that the remaining episodes of the series will be preceded by an
advisory note clarifying that the term is not intended to signify a
professionally qualified nurse, but rather, someone with experience in
caring for babies and children.

Please be assured, your comments about Bringing Up Baby have been noted
and conveyed to the ABC Television management. Thank you for bringing
your concerns to the ABC's attention. I have attached a link to the
ABC's Code of Practice for your information:

Yours sincerely

Sally Griffiths
ABC, Audience & Consumer Affairs

My Complaint
Location: QLD

Subject: Bringing up baby- dangerous advice

Comments: I was appalled by the Channel 4 program, Bringing up baby,
aired on Thursday 19th Feb. The program was apparently widely protested
in the UK and its so-called expert, Claire Verity was discredited once
the show had aired. The methods this particular woman promotes are close
to "institutionalised neglect". Her promotion of "leaving a baby to cry"
is proven to cause psychological damage. The baby to develops "learned
hopelessness"- put simply the baby gives up on attempting to communicate
its needs and has no-one in its life that it can trust. This is a
symptom seen in many neglect and abuse cases- very quiet and compliant
children. Verity's approach, which discourages bonding between babies
and their parents- even down to regulating physical and eye-contact
between parent and child, may suit parents who do not want to "deal"
with their offspring but long-term effects are not exposed or even
discussed within this program. It is irresponsible to air such a progra!
m without allowing the general public to understand the potential harm
that can be caused to children in following such a method. A forum or
discussion panel after each program airs- such as was done with the
Great Global Warming Swindle- may go some way to addressing the serious
problems associated with such irresponsible programming.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Bringing Up Baby - again, sadly

I've had a couple of comments through our socialbaby.com website about Claire Verity and her involvement in ABC Australia's showing of Bringing Up Baby.

There was huge protest here in the UK resulting in the UK newspaper, The Times completely discrediting Claire Verity. She is completely unqualified, and the UK broadcaster, Channel Four and the production company are aware of this. Here is the article


We have a history of the campaign, including a petition to 10 Downing Street to have the programme stopped on our website...


Many many organisations tried to make sure this sort of programme never gets made or broadcast again. This should never have been broadcast in or outside the UK and shows how much work there is to be done to protect infants and their families from abuse by the television industry.