Sunday, 28 February 2016

Government databases will store psychological data

"Schoolchildren are being subjected to ‘covert’ psychological tests as part of the SNP’s new state guardian scheme..."

"The answers will be stored on a giant government database network and then analysed to pick out pupils for further investigation by Named Persons to which every individual child will be assigned later this year."

"Scottish pupils will then face the intrusive tests regularly throughout their school careers after the system goes ‘live’ in August..."

"Simon Calvert of the No To The Named Person campaign, which is spearheading a legal challenge to the scheme, said the latest revelations were ‘creepy’..."

"Psychologically manipulating youngsters so you can squeeze confidential information out of them is fundamentally wrong but to store all this information on a giant council database is astonishingly foolhardy..."

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"Younger children will be encouraged to divulge information about their home life in lessons which include prompt cards, games and songs to familiarise them with the Scottish Government’s definition of well-being."

"Older children will face a series of questions, on areas ranging from home life to sexual health, which ask them to rate experiences on a scale from zero to ten."

"Teachers across the country are now being trained to transfer the children’s answers into the database. One of the tests, a Scottish Government-endorsed tool called ‘What I Think’, is designed to tease out details of pupils’ family lives with leading questions, even in nursery schools..."

"Each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities is already given software to keep track of pupils’ attendance, performance and behaviour on a system called SEEMiS, with information shared with the Scottish Government and the NHS."

"But the system was upgraded last Thursday to include a section with a ‘Well-being Application’ which will act as a repository for data which will be accessible only to designated state guardians."

"Critics say the profiling scheme goes even further than a controversial ‘ContactPoint’ system in England which was scrapped in 2010 following warnings it was illegal and unsafe."

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