Two of our foster children were awarded criminal injuries compensation of around £8000 each, which was something of a surprise to us. Their parents, during a finding of fact hearing in the family courts, were judged to have sexually abused both children. They were also found to have neglected both children. The parents walked free from court, with no criminal record. Admittedly, both children were permanently removed from them, which some might say was punishment enough. The CPS stated that the children were too young to give evidence in court and the police were frankly very unhelpful – no doubt because they realised the CPS wouldn’t agree to take the case forward. My question is – how can the children have been awarded this money – compensation for a criminal injury – and yet the perpetrators – the criminals – get away without a criminal record? It doesn’t add up. I’m glad the money is there for the young people, as they now are, but the system is frankly a joke.