MINISTERS have been accused of bringing in its (sic) ‘snooper’s charter’ under the radar as it emerged that its (sic) controversial and sexually explicit health and well-being census for children is not totally confidential.
While local authority messaging to parents has been that the survey is anonymous and is “for research purposes only”, the Herald on Sunday has seen (snooped) privacy documents over (sic) the scheme that show that local authorities can act on behalf of children if any answers raise concerns.https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/19762206.new-snoopers-charter-scots-ministers-sex-census-kids-not-confidential/
Leaving aside the deep irony in professional snoopers accusing others of snooping, the Herald joins the attack on an SNP Government policy, like the Offensive Behaviour at Football and the Named Person Scheme, designed to reduce harm, supported by all the professional experts and charity groups who work daily for those most at risk, but opposed by an unholy cabal of faith groups which have betrayed thousands of children, right-wing ‘parent groups’ who want to control everything, and opportunistic and deeply cynical opposition parties.
That the local authorities are hesitant does not mean that their professional groups have reservations but rather that their legal advisers have warned them of the risk of attack through the courts of members of the above anti-science groups.
Local authorities can act on behalf of children?
Imagine they spotted indicators suggesting abuse of a minor and thoughts of suicide and did nothing. I used to be a teacher. When we saw or heard evidence of abuse we told other professionals about it straight away. How would this be different?
Other reasons the survey makes sense:
Child protection officials have often missed signs of neglect in cases where children have later died or come to serious harm, according to a report. Their report flagged a “recurring theme” of children remaining unnoticed in neglectful situations. It said this was a factor in more than half of the SCRs reviewed.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48591720
Figures showing 266 youngsters were the victim of child sexual exploitation or were at risk of the crime last year could be the tip of the iceberg, the Scottish Government has warned. Education Secretary Angela Constance issued the warning as she launched the first television campaign in the UK aimed at tackling the problem.https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14237508.child-sexual-exploitation-figures-may-just-tip-iceberg/
What are some reasons for current failures? A backlash against investigations into child sexual abuse decades ago has created a watch-my-back culture, where adults fear asking children if they suspect, in case they are accused of leading questions.https://mandatenow.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Dr-Sarah-Nelson-Scotsman-full-article.pdf