All your children are ours


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.

7 comments for “All your children are ours

  1. amfortas
    May 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Any mention of the age of the ‘child’ when the ‘guardianship’ is dispensed with? Any idea who Aileen’s Guardian is going to be? If a child like Aileen shoots her mouth off in public and soils her panties, will the guardian be deemed ‘responsible’ and be drawn and quartered?

  2. May 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Can the state afford to have a “supporter” for every child?

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that the public sector will expand to fill any available space.

    Affordability, however, is always someone else’s problem.

  3. Ed P
    May 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Until eggs are sorted into alpha, beta, etc. before birth, the next best way the state can protect new humans is through these nominated guardians.
    Let’s look forward to a happy future in which all citizens are model, fulfilled by their acceptance of the state’s largesse and care. 😀

  4. May 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    The only state-appointed guardian children need are the parents. Both of them.

    They are already held responsible for safeguarding their children. Introducing some other expensive busybody, who will have less chance, less interest and less ethics in caring for a child is a pointless distraction for those already caring for children.

    State-appointed overseers MIGHT help one or two children a year but will certainly cause harmful diversion for parents and ultimately do much more harm than good for children and the society they grow into.

  5. Greg Tingey
    May 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Looks like an employment scam to me, to hoover up people into make-believe “jobs” minding other people’s business.

    What happens if a pair of parents tell the “state-apponted guardian” to fuck right off, I wonder?

    Mind you, given Scotland’s religious history, this is totally unsuprising – the whole thing is pure calvinism resurrected … really nasty.
    “It was as if all the walls of the houses in Geneva had been turned into glass”

    • May 23, 2013 at 10:30 am

      What happens…?

      Decades ago, in the maternity ward of a hospital later castigated in the national press for its shortcomings, a combination of indifference and brutally rough handling provoked me into expressing my opinion of the ‘skills’ of some of the nursing staff.

      As the objects of my fury stalked off, another nurse remained behind; “Please be careful,” she said, “if you say things like that, they will report you as having postnatal psychosis and have the Social Services in. They might even take your child away.”

      Parents, it seems, criticise those placed in power over them at their own peril.

  6. May 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Thanks for highlighting this issue. Afraid I missed it when it first came out due to computer gremlins.

    I’m not usually a fan of online petitions but this one is doing a great job of getting the information out so please consider signing and sharing:

    This is not a new story, it has just been absent from the MSM until now. For background information and the latest please visit this forum thread which I started a while back when Kenneth Roy did an excellent job of exposing Girfec and associated initiatives on his own web publication, The Scottish Review:

    Here is my latest take, kindly hosted by Subrosa:

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