This discussion is a very difficult one. On the one hand, it is everyone's right to have offspring without state interference. On the other hand, there are a lot of people who irresponsibly have children when they are incapable of looking after them. China solves this problem by introducing limits on the number of children one can have. That doesn't sit well with me.
There are some who would say that parents should be assessed prior to having children to determine their suitability as parents. This doesn't sit well with me either. Who are we to say that one person is, and one person isn't suitable to be a parent? I don't think that one can assess a persons suitability as a parent prior to them becoming a parent anyway, so this approach would be flawed.
It is easily one of the most challenging issues that face any society. I am quite nervous to write this article, because i know that the opinions on this are going to be strong. I want to open up this discussion, but i realise how emotive it can be. So lets keep it balanced and respect each others views...even if we do challenge them :)
So, have you had any experiences that you would be willing to share? How do you see the future of social service and child protection?