Declaring children as lost causes doesn't really cut it with me, and it not a good enough excuse for the state in my opinion. Also child sexual abuse within famalies in still rampant in Ireland, and drugs and alcohol are often used as the facilitators / excuse for the abuse. The problem cannot just be written off.
Go into any large town at night and see for yourself. I used to do voluntary work with some of them but they nearly wrecked my health. All sorts of threats and abuse.