Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell
Let’s remain calm about this one, let’s not jump to conclusions. Surely it’s a spoof, a wind-up, surely it’s not serious:
Unfortunately, this dystopian future has arrived a little faster than I imagined, as last week the Scottish Government’s plan to give every child a state guardian from birth was launched. This state-appointed overseer will be a specific, named individual, and every child will have one, from birth. The responsibility for creating this named guardian will fall on the heads of the health boards for the first five years of a child’s life, before being transferred to councils. Perhaps the most worrying aspect of this development is that it clearly comes in large part as a mechanism to target and prevent child abuse.
Concerns about this new statutory initiative built into the Children and Young People Bill have been raised by some MSPs, but largely on technical grounds: Can the state afford to have a “supporter” for every child? How will the child get to know this person and how will they develop a trusting relationship with them?
Children’s minister Aileen Campbell has said the approach would be useful in that a specific individual will have the responsibility of overseeing the wellbeing of specific children. As she put it, this will “make sure there is someone having an overview of what is happening to that child, to make sure that early indicators of anything that would pose a threat or risk to that child are flagged up”.
Part of the plan is that professionals increasingly share information with one another so as to nip problems in the bud. Like the “every child matters” approach in England and Wales, “safeguarding” children is now the priority of anyone working with children, be that a teacher, a dentist, a youth worker, a swimming instructor and so on. And at one level this sounds OK – anything that stops child abuse…
On the other hand, it can be seen as having little to do with the problem of abused kids and more to do with our culture of suspicion.
Ian PJ remarked:
WTF! What kind of person would write this into law, and what kind of person would even listen to the argument giving guardianship of each and every child born in Scotland to a state guardian.
Ian, assuming it’s for real and not just a journalistic joke, then look carefully for a start at that parachutee, the young lass in the pic. Did she dream this one up or did she think she dreamt it up but finds it is in line with Mentoring bills around the world the global left are forcing into place?
If we Google “mentoring”, “mentoring partnerships” and “state mentoring”, it’s instantly clear just how far this thing has gone. Exploring who the people are behind it – what else they’re involved in, what their political records are – is equally jawdropping yet predictable.
So, here’s the prospect of every Scottish child a potential ward of the State on the say-so of a young Aileen and her Common Purpose mentor at the local council. The principle of parenthood now becomes parenthood if we, the State, deem you worthy.
Aren’t you glad Aileen is in charge of this? Aren’t you glad, dear Scots, that Alex is taking you from the despised UK and you can have Brussels masters instead?
Welcome, Scotland, to your Brave New World.
Incidentally, at the time of writing, my own site is down or at least closed to me accessing it. Don’t know how long that will be for.