Monday, 3 February 2014

The Children`s Parliament

The Children`s Parliament does not advocate on behalf of children because it believes children can advocate effectively for themselves. The name `Children`s Parliament` came from the children attending a European environmental education project in Scotland.
Our work is based on children having fun and engaging in projects and investigations in and across our themes [my emphasis] which reflect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
When children come into this space we want them to bring with them their knowledge of what it is like to be a child, their ideas and their opinions, and to be willing to voice and explore them. [my emphasis]
So the `usual suspects`are involved: the European Union (funding) and the United Nations encouraging authoritites to get closer to children by way of psuedo-independent charities. 

Funding for some projects in Glasgow also came from the Big Lottery`s `Realising Amibition` fund. Primary school classes in six schools explored children`s human rights and what it means to be healthy, happy and safe in their home, school and community. [GIRFEC] At the Winter Gardens in Glasgow parents and teachers heard the children voice their aspirations for the future and what adults could do to help them realise their dreams.

How sad. What future have some of these children got in an age of unrelenting austerity?

The Secondary programme involved working with groups of pupils across six secondary schools in North East Glasgow.

Our Children’s Parliament workers and Glasgow Life Learning Assistants establish positive relationships with young people, supporting them to think about their personal goals and ambitions, and to begin planning how they might achieve these.

The Children`s Parliament list their project partners. Amongst them there is the Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland and, surprisingly, the Social Research Unit. This is the independent charity (?) who collaborated with Perth and Kinross Council to introduce the controversial survey to schoolchildren in that area. [See the link HERE ]

Meanwhile The Children`s Parliament are developing their own national survey for children and young people aged 8 to 18 years old.  It will be based on the subjective measure of wellbeing.

This means that it measures how the child or young person is now in the context of their environments and relationships – at home, at school and in the community. So, rather than count what children and young people do or don’t do, or focus on problems or challenges from an adult perspective, our survey looks at wellbeing and rights from a holistic, empowering and positive view of children and young people’s lives, as defined by them. 
Cathy McCulloch is Co-Director of the Children`s Parliament. She is also co-founder of TASC along with Dr Colin Morrison. TASC provides a range of services which include social research and service evaluation. Their use of language is quite revealing.
TASC has a real interest in people - how they experience their lives and what their dreams, hopes and ambitions are for themselves and for their families and communities. We work with policy makers and service providers to help ensure that the needs and interests of service users are recognised and met.
TASC researched, consulted on, wrote and produced 6 booklets for pupils from P6 to S6 which support sexual health and relationship education in Glasgow Schools. The booklets are used at the heart of the new SHRE curriculum being rolled out in Glasgow.  TASC website

They work with policy makers and service providers.. and set up companies to provide the services and the sex education booklets to implement the policices ...

It`s a bit of a scam isn`t it?

See Sex Education

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