Thursday, 4 June 2015

GIRFEC event at Hampden criticised

"The SNP Government has been accused of trying to "buy support" for its Named Person plans with a "bribe" for people who attend a training and development event."

"Grassroots organisation NO2NP made the comments as Scotland’s highest court considered arguments against the Named Person scheme made on behalf of The Christian Institute and concerned organisations and parents."

"Under the scheme, every child in Scotland will be assigned a state-employed guardian to monitor their welfare..."

"NO2NP raised concerns over an event for the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) initiative which will see parents given a £25 gift voucher and reimbursement of transport costs."

"A flyer for the day describes it as an opportunity to "develop clear messages about GIRFEC and come up with creative ways to share those messages with families".

"However, the campaign group said the Hampden Park event is a "rather cynical attempt to bribe people into supporting the GIRFEC principles which underpin the Named Person proposals".

"Government money would "be far better spent on funding social workers who are actually working with vulnerable children and needy families", NO2NP commented."

UPDATE: 04 June 2015

Local shops are displaying posters that ask the community in Govan, Glasgow, to contribute to the Govan foodbank who are running low in supplies for local families in need. It instructs the community in Govan who will be attending the Govan Fair to make their contribution at the Govan centre. 

The Govan Fair takes place on the first Friday of June  (tomorrow) a procession that has always raised money for the local hospital and other good causes. Local organisations and businesses proudly take part to show their contribution to the local community.

Never in its history has it  had to beg for food.

Perhaps the 25 pounds GIRFEC bribe could have been better placed servicing  foodbanks. Just a suggestion.

Meanwhile, good luck to all the excited children who will take part in this yearly tradition  in Govan  - always under threat due to lack of FUNDING.

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