How do the SNP recover from abusing the trust of parents and children? The Supreme Court judgement really is a case of being caught with their knickers down and a spotlight is being thrown on the disgraceful behaviour of councils up and down Scotland.
They are now engaging in contempt of court and continuing with policies that have been ruled illegal.
Similar policies to GIRFEC/Named Person have been abandoned in the Isle of Man, New Zealand and the USA because children do not fit into boxes and trying to squeeze them into those boxes has caused more harm than good. It has also overwhelmed the services.
Is it a coincidence that the majority of the big abuse cases recently in Scotland have been in areas where Named Person is being trialled? Is it actually allowing people to get away with major neglect and abuse because the authorities are so worried about the small things.
When I was a new parent an experienced mother with nine children said to me;
“No parent is perfect. We all either neglect or abuse our children in minor ways and all we can do is pray that we don’t do anything that harms them in a major way.”
She’s right. No parent can do it all. The evidence I am getting it mostly right is in the three happy children I have. When asked how she would rate her childhood my daughter gave it 9 out of 10. She said influences outside of the family and out of our control accounted for the point docked. That to me is all the evidence I need. Unfortunately, social services seem to need more than happy well adjusted children as evidence for a reasonably healthy and happy childhood. When did child protection become about protecting the tick box and not the child?
They’ve taken data and misused it. Some like myself have been stupid enough to tick boxes and let our children sign forms. Some like myself have discovered that was a costly error. And some like myself are a great deal wiser than we were. You might think it could never happen to you, but it can. Being a good parent with well loved, happy children is no protection from the state in Scotland.
Agencies we should be able to trust have become untrustworthy. And that isn’t good for anyone especially those children who are vulnerable and do need people to stick up for them. It’s hard to protect those children in a society which is based on mutual mistrust. There are families who have been affected that don’t come forward and speak up because their time in the so called “care” or “watch” of local councils has rendered them fearful, scared and unable to speak up for themselves.
I’m an articulate woman, middle-aged, with a reasonable level of education. If I can be reduced to a gibbering wreck with no confidence what must this intervention do to someone with less personal resources to be able to deal with them? I’m not alone. I am certainly not an isolated incident. However, the culture of threats in child protection is unhealthy. So is the culture that sees two mouldy courgettes and not a box of vegetables. Searching for harm where there is no harm just creates barriers and abuse by the state in families where there is no other abuse.
My complaint to the council saw no problem in the way my family and myself were treated (although conclusions could be drawn by how quickly we were dropped by social services afterwards). If that is the case and the way my family was treated was within department guidelines, then the council policy is at fault and not the way individual representatives treated us. The responsibility lies with the heads of departments and the head of the council. And the Scottish Government, currently lead by the SNP, which oversees and allows the people of Scotland to be treated that way. Their policies of GIRFEC and Named Person have created this.
Again and gain individual stories are dismissed as “isolated incidents” but how many stories do there need to be before those “isolated incidents” add up to a big problem. Tomorrow I’m going to cover another “isolated incident”. If anyone would like their “isolated incident” to go on the blog please use the contact form. Everyone will be given a false name (I’m a writer I can’t promise it won’t be Blower Crinkletoes), and the only identifier will be the council area. Nothing will be printed without the people concerned agreeing to every word.
The Kimlin Family