Saturday, 13 February 2016

GIRFEC goes to America

Paul Joseph Watson writes: "The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a draft document which outlines a plan that will treat families as `equal partners` in the raising of children, opening the door for government intrusion at all levels. The document states `The first step in systemically embedding effective family engagement practices in educational settings is to establish a culture where families are seen as assets and partners in children’s development, learning and wellness.` The first two PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PRACTICES state:"  
1. Create continuity for children and families. Implement a vision for family engagement that begins prenatally and continues across settings and throughout a child’s developmental and educational experiences. 
2. Value equal partnerships between families and professionals. Combine professional expertise with familial expertise to promote shared learning and responsibility for children’s healthy development, learning and wellness. Encourage two-way communication by valuing family input on all aspects of the child’s life and development, including their culture, traditions, and home language. 
"Principal number 4 states `prioritize engagement around children’s social emotional and behavioral health. Engage families around children’s social emotional and behavioral health. Ensure constant monitoring and communication regarding children’s social emotional and behavioral health. Ensure that children’s social emotional and behavioral needs are met and that families and staff are connected with relevant community partners, such as early childhood mental health consultants and children’s medical homes`."
"The paper describes how government employees will intervene to provide, `monitoring goals for the children at home and the classroom,` and that if parents are failing to meet the standards set, `evidence-based parenting interventions` will be made to, `ensure` that children’s social-emotional and behavioral needs are met."

Scotland`s Named Person scheme gets a mention too.

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