Thursday, 18 June 2015

The embarrassing Named Person scheme

"Ministers have been ridiculed for using bewildering diagrams to explain their controversial plan to appoint a state guardian for every child under 18, and accused of trying to buy public support for the policy."

"The legislation will see a “named person”, usually a health visitor or head teacher, nominated for one million Scottish children in a move that has been criticised as state snooping. "

"Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, insists the scheme will help vulnerable children and families in need while campaigners say it breaches the human rights of parents. " [It breaches the human rights of children too. Because they are not all vulnerable.]

"They have also expressed concern over a government-organised event at Hampden Park this Saturday. It aims to provide parents with information on the flagship policy, which is part of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act. Parents attending the event will be given a £25 gift voucher, have their travel expenses reimbursed and receive childcare during the event."

"It is aimed at parents with children aged up to 18, and according to official literature there will be young people’s groups and a “separate recruitment process for children and young people”.

[Now why would the organisers of the event want to separate children from their parents? Will both groups be provided with the same information about the Named Person`s facility to gather, share and analyse their private information?]

The guidance on its implementation includes a “national practice model” featuring diagrams called the Wellbeing Wheel, the My World Triangle and the Resilience Matrix. The Wellbeing Wheel is used to examine eight aspects of a child’s life, known as the “SHANARRI” indicators - Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible, Included.

The wellbeing indicators "are used in a number of ways. They can be used to structure the recording of routine information about a child or young person, under whichever headings are appropriate, to record their progress in universal services. This will allow relevant information to be shared more easily."

"The eight indicators in the wellbeing wheel are areas in which children and young people need to progress in order to do well now and in the future. They allow practitioners to structure information (which may identify needs and concerns), and to plan. They are used to record observations, events and concerns and when putting together a child’s plan. The My World Triangle and the Resilience Matrix are then used to gather, structure and assist in the analysis of information."

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