The report on which the Panorama programme was based was, however, not about the relatively privileged, as was the case for all the children interviewed, all from independent schools, who spoke of au pairs and nannies. Professor O'Brien's research looked at schools in Barking and Dagenham, very unlike the areas inhabited by the children interviewed. The issues are complicated and concern deprivation, class, family structures, low pay and the very difficult dual role which many women have to face alone.
E J de Swiet
Henrietta Barnett School