Tuesday, 6 September 2016


From the Launchpad Level 3 guide:
 "The missions at each level of the Launchpad are broadly associated with the Scottish Government’s eight areas of well-being in which children and young people need to progress in order to do well now and in the future. This information is not visible to children and young people playing the game but is instead intended to help Adult Guides to structure learning and map the resource to the Curriculum."
Sneaky eh?
"To take part in Launchpad children and young people will need an Adult Guide, who will be able to answer questions and help them with the activities. This Guide should be a teacher, coach, youth worker or other adult, rather than a parent."
Even sneakier.
"If you have been through the material yourself, and have good knowledge of the personalities and circumstances of children and young people using the Launchpad, you may decide to proactively offer particular individuals reassurance and space to talk. Sharing how you found some of the information – for example, that it made you feel sad or surprised – might be all that is needed to initiate a supportive conversation."
A supportive conversation, after probing, while keeping this from parents?  Surely not.

The Children`s Commissioner for Scotland has recently tweeted about the implementation of Launchpad in Scottish schools with no thought that information from Scottish children is being surreptitiously obtained about SHANARRI wellbeing indicators when the Supreme Court has ruled that these are unlawful.

Why is the Children`s Commissioner failing to stand by our children`s right to privacy?


  1. This is horrible on so many levels. Thanks for finding, ploughing through and expanding on. Haven't read all of pdf because it is too near bedtime and this is the stuff of nightmares...

  2. No, it`s not what you`d call bedtime reading.

    Neither is this, but I`ll add it here for completeness:

    The co-director of the Centre for Research on Families & Relationships (CRFR), Kay Tisdall, has written: "Children’s rights and children’s wellbeing are distinct concepts, each with their own historical, philosophical and practical strengths and weaknesses... With children’s wellbeing on the national and international ascendance, a decision needs to be made about whether wellbeing or human rights best frame policy and practice."

    GIRFEC pretends to do both. So we have children singing about their rights while drawing wellbeing wheels in the classroom, as if they are one and the same. Launchpad does this too, but in a more underhanded way.

    Yet as the recent Supreme Court judgment makes clear: initiating intrusive inquiries into a child`s wellbeing without consent is a breach of human rights.