A feral child in present day Britain
September 13, 2012 5:21 AM Subscribe
Thought experiment: would happen to a feral child like Victor of Aveyron
in the present day UK?
By this I mean: what is the layer cake of provision (foster care, children's homes, psychiatric facilities etc) that Victor would fall through and where would he eventually end up? Who are the professionals who would deal with him? Which courts would be likely to become involved? Who would advocate for him?
What would happen when he became 18?
If it helps, assume the following: that at times he displays some or all of the following: violence, in appropriate sexual behaviour, escape attempts; that he finds it difficult to form human relationships; that he does not acquire language; that his parents can't be found; that he may have cognitive or spectrum disorders; that he's resistant to behaviour modification.
Bonus points if you know of any academics, lawyers, or agencies who would be able to help answer this question.