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    Beware of Named Puppets bearing GIRFEC ‘gifts’

    2nd February 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Schoolhouse

    Our petition continues to attract support and comments from individuals who have been badly affected by the implementation of GIRFEC, despite the fact that no enabling legislation has yet been passed and is, in any case, likely to be subject to legal challenge.  Named Persons and other professionals acting unlawfully may try to argue that they are “just following orders”, but we’ve heard that one before; besides, ignorance of the law is never an excuse.

    The Scottish Government has told us it doesn’t think much of anecdotal evidence, clearly preferring the policy based variety, prepared to order, that has allowed it to perpetuate the con that is Getting Information Recorded For Every Citizen and nothing to do with protecting vulnerable children. More fool those professionals who have been kept so occupied with busy work and brainwashed by acronymic mantras that they have failed to notice the damage they are inflicting on children and families with their SHANARRI wheel of misfortune, womb to tomb ‘wellbeing indicators’ and ‘risk factor’ tick boxes. Diverting resources from the protection of children already known to be at risk of harm has been described by one of our supporters as “an unforgivable waste of public funds verging on the criminal” and it is hard to disagree.


    By way of example (anecdotal evidence, you might say) we thought that we should highlight some of the latest heartfelt comments left by signatories to our petition as a warning to all parents that their children’s lives will be forcibly invaded by uninvited strangers on a mission to ensure they meet state dictated  outcomes based on tick boxes and the value judgements of Named Puppets.


    Alice writes:

    I don’t believe that this Bill will do any good even for kids who need help.


    It gives the named person the power (in their sole discretion) to share information about the child and advise and support the child. This gives the named person the ability to override the decisions of parents in any case that they deem appropriate. This puts all children in Scotland at risk of abuse by the state, particularly those with additional needs. To suggest otherwise is incredibly naive.

    When my son was born it was discovered on a brain scan that he had brain damage. Immediately we became subject to an intense degree of state intrusion. We were told we would not be able to care for him and that he would be profoundly disabled. Social workers, health visitors, support workers all came round and we were forced to spend time away from our son while he was cared for by support workers employed by the state. They all deemed that he required this surveillance. I argued from the start that he didn’t and eventually my formal complaint was upheld and they all disappeared. The sad thing is that they never believed in him and didn’t offer him proper care or give him a chance to develop properly. He was put on medication that he didn’t need.

    Once I managed to kick them all out, I focused (as almost any parent would) on making sure that my son achieved as much as possible.

    As time went on, it became clearer and clearer that he was not impacted by his brain damage the way that the doctors had thought he would be. Today he is a happy, bright little boy with virtually no problems at all.

    If this Bill had been in force I would never have won my case to have the intervention stopped and my son would not have achieved all that he has.

    In the vast majority of cases, the parents know best. A child should never be deprived the right for his parents to fight for his wellbeing. This is what parents do. State intrusion should always be a last resort. For this reason im against GIRFEC as it will do more harm than good .

    Please do not pass this draconian legislation .

    Oliver writes:

    I’ve personally experienced the complete failures of both Girfec and the idea of a Named Person.

    Whilst in theory they sound fantastic, in practice, they end up causing more issues and stress for the ‘vulnerable’ child/young person.

    Donna writes:

    My son’s education has been ruined by the GIRFEC system already up and running in the highlands. We are now picking up the pieces for a fed up 17 year old boy.

    His health problems were complicated and varied. School took no notice of this, made him and us feel ridiculous for even expecting any help. After taking the highland education authority to arbitration we were given a very minimal amount of help.

    The education authority sent a “family worker” to help us. After two 30 min visits I was told that my son would be taken into care if he did not return to school.

    He has since had two emergency life saving operations .

    The education authority influenced his paediatrician meaning he did not get treatment needed until we took him to another health authority.

    We KNOW how dangerous GIRFEC is. An intrusive impossible to police, badly thought out policy. DO NOT ALLOW it to spread throughout Scotland.

    Bev writes:

    I have personal experience of how GIRFEC does not work in the Highlands and I am alarmed that it is continually portrayed as a role model as to how well it works !

    Happy to share detail with anyone. A catalogue of continued failures by education to meet their legal responsibilities and an abysmal treatment of my son who has ME.he was brought to the point of despair and i was deamonised .all attempts to complain and get justice was stone walled and the councils own complaints procedure ignored. I have the past 5 years well documented if you are interested

    Peter writes:

    This proposal is unworkable technically, will fail to prevent harm, and is surveillance by the back door. Wrong in every way.


    Catherine writes:

    Who polices the ‘state’ police? Very, very worrying.


    The Scottish Government should be aware by now that enough of us ‘data subjects’ and ‘lab rats’ are prepared to Just Say No to this organised form of unwarranted state intrusion, which has already been shown to be incompatible with the UK Data Protection Act and to flout human rights legislation. Shame on them and all the complicit MSPs (the same bunch that voted against the introduction of ID cards) for pursuing this totalitarian agenda, all the while claiming to embrace the principles of self determination and independence!


    In this Brave New Scotland, diversity has become a dirty word, hypocrisy has reached dizzy new heights and the Declaration of Arbroath has been put through the shredder.



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    1. Mrs E Morrison says:

      The “named person” appointed by the state worries me a great deal. This assumes that state employees are all completely honest and trustworthy. It appears that their observations and opinions will be considered “fact” and therefore will not be challenged. Apart from being a complete invasion of privacy what happens when the “named person” is part of a corrupt culture? The “state” is already all powerful- why give them even more?

      My own small disabled child was seriously injured by FOUR teachers in his “special school”, who defied their “training” (costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds) and they “restrained” my small disabled child face down on the floor (NOT an approved physical intervention) They did this, not just once, but on multiple occasions. He was not unruly or badly behaved, he was a small non verbal child who was trying to communicate his distress which was ignored by these people who I trusted to care for him every day.

      Up to THIRTEEN staff in that school stood by and “watched” the spectacle including senior management (possibly future named persons?) who did nothing to intervene. My small DISABLED child had injuries consistent with positional asphyxia. He had SIXTY THREE bruises on his little body and medical evidence showed that he was held face down, unable to breathe until he passed out and urinated.

      The Police confirmed the teachers were responsible yet NOTHING was done, no charges were brought either. THEY COVERED IT UP!

      If I had inflicted these injuries on my child do you think he would have been removed from my care? Would I have been charged with child abuse? YES! I would have and quite rightly so!
      My child is not the only victim in that school, yet these people are getting away with this time and time again, every single day!
      I have removed him, but what of the other kiddies in their “care”

      Imagine having the head of that school as your childs “named person” knowing he or she witnessed child abuse and protected her staff instead of the child?
      Would you trust her to report truthfully in the interests of child protection?

      Its shocking! The Scottish Government must not allow this to keep happening. The Scottish Nazi Party I think!

    2. Ms Gemma MacLean says:

      I deplore this bill.

      Why ?

      Because it’s a Trojan horse that attacks gay families by its ‘Cultural’ ‘multiple partner’ and ‘natural parent’ checks. It also discriminates on the ‘traditional family’ by its attack on religious families such as Jews Muslims and Christian , travelling families or ‘families that change address’ autistic or disabled children/parents. Along with this it assumes professional charity loving politically obedient pillars of the community are the families feudal lords. I am an LGBT & human rights activist, the transgender community have had problems with this, the GIRFEC apparatus is banned by the UN for a reason.

      It smacks of eugenics and I don’t like it.

      This passes every single person against it must make it there personal duty to abolish the careers of every MSP that backed it.

    3. Julie says:

      This is being sneaked in very quickly. I have had very raw recent poor experience of GIRFEC’s operations in the highlands.


      This model is an extremely flawed one. It presumes “professional opinion” is “justified and proportionate”, accurate and gives parents/carers/significant NO RIGHTS OR ABILITY TO CHALLENGE INACCURATE INFORMATION. We were unlucky enough to have two “professionals” at that time who were not only wrong in their assumptions but untouchable in the process of events – and they knew it.
      Further on we were lucky in the sense that those two “professionals” were replaced by a very competent and compassionate individual who knew that there was no substance to what was happening. Of course by then it is too late.

      Luckily for us we were “cleared” but it has left a paper trail and two loving caring parents in tatters. It makes you very angry that you can be portrayed in a certain way, slandered and accused of puting your children “at risk of” (very serious “abuse” ie emotional neglect, emotional abuse etc) with complete impunity by agencies. THERE ARE NO APOLOGIES FROM PEOPLE WHO GET IT WRONG, THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT MISTAKES. YOU HAVE RECORDS FOR LIFE. THIS IS WHY THIS BILL MUST NOT PASS.

    4. alisonp says:

      Bill Alexander from Highland Council has gone on record as saying there has not been a single complaint about GIRFEC in the four years it has been operating there as a ‘pilot’(without any statutory foundation). Obviously the pilot didn’t notice the plane crashing as we have been copied several complaints by parents, some of which are at the high end of seriousness. Parents in Haringey obtained damages for breaches of Article 8 and the Data Protection Act for ultra vires actions by public servants.