The introduction to the Scottish Parliament of the Children and Young People (aka CHYP & PIN) Bill earlier this month has been accompanied by a predictable fanfare of what can only be described (by those of us who have done our ‘joined up’ homework over the past decade and more) as propaganda designed to fool the sheeple. For those not yet up to speed with the incontrovertible facts, the Bill’s principal aim is not to protect the rights of children and young people, nor is it to ensure the safety of those at greatest risk of significant harm; rather, it is designed to establish universal citizen surveillance via parent licensing and early interference, effectively ensuring state oversight and ownership of all children in Scotland.
According to the Pinocchio PR put out at vast public expense by the wellbeing wonks (well meaning or otherwise), the Bill is allegedly designed to ‘get it right for every child’, ensure that every child matters and that no child is left behind, but don’t all such slogans sound more than a tad familiar, as well as being overly simplistic and inevitably doomed to failure? They certainly should, for the agenda that drives each of them has been mooted many times before; indeed it has even been put into practice with catastrophic consequences. Hitler evidently thought he was ‘getting it right’ as well, but we in the ‘free world’ begged to differ and many of our fathers and grandfathers paid the ultimate price for defending the fundamental freedoms we should surely all still hold sacrosanct. Or have most memories been erased and brains washed clean away?
Alas, it’s now official. Scotland is heading down the road to totalitarianism as the government fails to attend to the lessons of history and presumes to know what is ‘right for every child’ using crude generic indicators that can be loosely interpreted to suit the state dictated agenda of the state appointed busybody (aka ‘Named Person’) who will be imposed on every family without their consent, and from whose tick box tyranny there will be no escape. Just following orders, they’ll say, and their training will have been comprehensive (we know this as we have seen the evidence of GIRFEC-infected early years and teacher training materials which have already led some sentient human beings to drop out of such courses).
Not that we haven’t been pointing out the gravity of this threat to civil liberties for years (since the late 1990s, in fact, as this is not a Scottish construct as has been repeatedly mis-stated but a Blairite universal surveillance project with its roots in Lisbon). The mainstream media, however, have been lazily content to print government disinformation verbatim with only Kenneth Roy of the Scottish Review scraping away the child protection veneer to reveal the true agenda.
And so it has come down to this: a Named Person imposed by the state on every child without consent and without opt-out (whose function, according to the Bill “cannot be carried out by a parent of the child or young person” – nice, eh?); sensitive personal data on every child, every family member (and even every pet) gathered, stored on a potentially illegal database and shared without informed consent on a ‘womb to tomb’ basis; failure to respect the right to privacy and family life; failure to respect, and deliberate attempts to undermine or overrule, parental choices and informed decisions that may not accord with the state’s often skewed priorities.
In short, the Scottish Government is about to grant a licence to every state sponsored Tom, Dickhead or Harriet to bully, cajole and coerce families into following a path not necessarily of their own choosing in order to meet the state’s pre-defined outcomes. Rather than ensure that truly vulnerable children (rightly defined as ‘at risk of significant harm’) are protected, ‘they’ (i.e. the vested interests who are paid out of our taxes) have unilaterally shifted the vulnerability goal posts to ensure that ‘every child’ is defined as ‘at risk’ (of not meeting state dictated ‘wellbeing’ outcomes). Do follow that last link and try to work out which child won’t be at risk according to a bunch of overpaid wellbeing wonks who inhabit glass offices with dedicated ‘wet umbrella stands’ (we kid you not) and subsidised facilities, safe in the knowledge that they know best for the rest of us and suitably protected from the real world by fat salaries and a posse of security guards.
Think diet, education, health and other hitherto respected personal family choices and watch who ‘they’ come for first. The Gypsy Travellers are directly in the path of the steamroller, along with the home educators, non vaccinators, service resisters and serial complainants, but they will also be coming for you, especially if you disclose any vulnerability, so don’t mention your recently departed guinea pig or terminally ill granny under any circumstances as it will come back to haunt you in a future ‘wellbeing’ risk assessment and may require a ‘suitable intervention’.
Much discussion has been taking place on forums and community networks since the true extent of the government’s planned intrusion into family life has become apparent to all but the completely comatose. While home educators have been more awake than most to the implications, the wider parent population is beginning to appreciate just how it will affect all families, incuding their own. A misguided minority still find it hard to believe that their government could behave in such an underhand way and try to convince themselves that it must surely only apply to ‘abused kids’; others with more nous, including some professionals, have reacted angrily at having been kept in the dark for so long and have started writing to their MSPs (most of whom seem to think early interference in family life is a great idea – do remember that if you ever bother to vote again). Meanwhile they’ll carry on regardless and will come up with some suitably vacuous party-approved ‘line’ in an effort to persuade the naïve that they have ‘our’ (meaning ‘their’) children’s best interests at heart. Like we parents don’t? And no, our heads don’t all button up the back.
Schoolhouse has now had two pointless meetings with civil servants from the Bill team, none of whom has been able to convince us that they have anyone’s interests but their own political ones at heart. Those at the second meeting contradicted what was said by those at the first meeting on the matter of home education guidance in particular – it is categorically not going to change, according to the latest assurances, but we’ve heard it all before – and the Bill, as introduced, is ‘silent’ on home educated children (but just wait for the anti-home ed amendments and secondaries to kick in!) The dialogue has, however, confirmed the realisation of our worst fears for all children who will be subject to mass data rape by a gang of licensed professionals (some of whom, statistically speaking, are bound to be unsuitable individuals) and forcibly included in what has become known as the paedophiles’ address book.
The track record of government IT projects alone should be enough to sound alarm bells for every right thinking parent (and politician) as once the data genie is out of the bottle for the entire child (and associated adult) population of Scotland – whether by back door forced entry, loss, theft, or via increasingly sophisticated social engineering methods – it cannot be put back and the damage to data subjects will be irreversible.
Schoolhouse believes that this Bill, in its present form, will not comply with the Human Rights Act and will therefore be open to legal challenge since the Scottish Parliament has no powers to pass non-compliant legislation. Both European and domestic case law exists which supports this view, and further legal opinion is being sought on specific aspects of the proposed legislation.
Schoolhouse also has evidence that, in anticipation of the legislation being passed, some so-called public servants are bullying and threatening families who do not wish to avail themselves of de facto compulsory ‘services’, while others are refusing to provide, or delaying the provision of, services identified by families themselves as being required for their children. Given that every parent-to-be is now having a compulsory ‘parental capacity to provide wellbeing’ assessment undertaken ante-natally and a plethora of assessment forms filled in (covertly or otherwise) detailing every aspect of their family members’, associated adults’ and pets’ lives (and deaths), we would advise anyone who has concerns to submit a subject access request under the Data Protection Act in order to obtain all the data held on them and their children by ‘universal services’ and any already-appointed ‘named person’. Some individuals are already doing so (and being charged more than the statutory fee in some cases, it seems) and are finding all sorts of dodgy data have been recorded about them without their knowledge, never mind consent. Parents should be aware that unsubstantiated allegations and malicious referrals are on the increase as freelance bullying by public servants, especially of those who are perceived as soft targets for the latest policy-led parent-programming intervention scheme, becomes the accepted norm. We know this because we take the calls (but unlike some, we will never share information without consent).
Schoolhouse is urging parents to write to all of their MSPs (we each have eight of them – one local constiutuency MSP and seven regional MSPs) expressing concerns about this Bill, which has already created mistrust, animosity and hostility between public servants and law abiding citizens and is already actively deterring individuals from engaging with ‘services’ whose primary duty now appears to be to collect and share sensitive personal data. GIRFEC (and its big brother formerly known as eCare but hastily rebranded due to some toxic publicity) is no more than a giant haystack building exercise which will invariably have serious consequences for the most vulnerable children, for whom vital warning signs will be missed or lost in a sea of false flags about dead guinea pigs and families who have moved house wthout informing the new Scottish Stasi. It will have the opposite effect to that which is allegedly intended (although we aren’t so sure about the stated intentions being honourable) and will effectively place a minority of very vulnerable children at much greater risk of significant harm.
To find your MSPs, just enter your postcode on the Scottish Parliament website and write to each of them now with a request that they respond to your specific concerns. We will be publishing letters and responses (most of which we can reliably predict will be template party lines!) on our website in due course.
You might also want to ‘engage’ with the government on this website (enter GIRFEC in the search box to find the relevant propaganda-filled posts). Your comments will be subject to moderator approval, but so far they have been appearing in their entirety. Here are some we made earlier.
Oh, and don’t believe what you hear from the ‘children’s workforce’ (a term which, to us, conjures up images of children up chimneys) and ‘children’s charities’, all of whom are extremely vocal in promoting their vested financial interests in ensuring this Bill goes through and in seeking the complete eradication of parental decision-making and family privacy. Unlike parents who look after their own children’s welfare and are in it for the love, politicians are in it for the power and professionals are essentially in it for the loot.