Tuesday, 30 August 2016

GIRFEC provides population data. Is that for Big Data analytics ?

The Mental Health Indicators provide population data, according to Boyd McAdam at the launch of the GIRFEC Indicators. (Uploaded 2012)

He says: "I have to stress that in talking about this we`re looking to the future and what I`m describing is might. We are working this through just now. And part of the importance of today`s indicators is it provides a framework in which we think about the individual child`s data that we capture and then how it might inform a more population based approach..."

"And if we can establish a more consistent way of capturing concerns, recording information about the individual child across all agencies who are working with children we may then be able to aggregate the data from the individual children up into a locality, a geographical - a category of children approach."

"That would be greatly assisted if you could achieve that electronically but as I think many of us know IT is a huge challenge. The approach, and the thinking about what it is we should be capturing in each of our professions about the individual child is where I think the indicators launched today will help us take forward our development..."
It is setting children and families up for Big Data analytics and predictive modelling, more like. (See The race for predictive modelling) It ties in with the idea of `doing more with less` because, if you can predict future needs before they are realised, then you can jump in early to prevent the needs from arising - or so the social engineers profess to believe.

Anyway, by looking backwards and forwards with these developments it is possible to get a deeper understanding of what was intended.
76. Currently, information about a child may be shared where the child is at a significant risk of harm. However, the role of the Named Person is based on the idea that information on less critical concerns about a child`s wellbeing must be shared if a full picture of their wellbeing is to be put together and if action is to be taken to prevent these concerns developing into more serious issues. Without the necessary power to share that kind of information, the Named Person will not be able to act as effectively as is intended. This was a point raised consistently by practitioners and professionals.
It was also a point hidden from children and families by Boyd McAdam who, inconsistently, kept insisting that children should be at the heart of decision making:
"There was a suggestion that we need to do more to `take the community with us`. Families, carers and children were not, it was said, switched on to GIRFEC. Boyd McAdam pointed out that it had been a conscious decision to focus first on embedding GIRFEC in the professional practice of all stakeholder delivery bodies, before raising awareness in the general public."
(GIRFEC Programme Board minutes, November 2012)
Now why would you want to hide a BIG thing like GIRFEC from children and their families?

Perhaps it was because it was never intended that a campaign group like NO2NP would come along and spoil the action.


  1. Thanks for joining the dots and articulating so well what I was unable to at the time.

    Watching those presentations makes it crystal clear that (whatever nonsense propaganda is spouted) it is all about the data...

    Thanks to N02ID and and others (such as your good self), awareness has increased to such an extent that surely, whatever Swinney & Co come out with on the 7th (?), it will be impossible to put this genie back into its bottle ?

  2. Shoolhouse did a lot of work. Now there are more people digging around and uprooting information. And the more the merrier, as it`s quite a big picture.

    I don`t think the genie is going back in the bottle but I do worry about what is going on with Curriculum for Excellence because GIRFEC is at the heart of it. So while the data sharing has been stopped (officially) kids are still getting indoctrinated with SHANARRI.

    Then there are the surveys.

    And the charities.

    My guess is that they will begin to target certain families with the likes of the Troubled Families Programme. This is where a team gangs around the family and gets to know all about them. To help them, of course. And they had better cooperate or they will lose their benefits. That kind of thing. And most people won`t worry too much about it, because each person thinks: `I`m not part of a troubled family.`

    One way or another, they want that data. Best keep an eye on it.


    That is quite a diagram you uncovered: the complete view of the citizen.

  3. Typo: Shoolhouse should be `Schoolhouse.`

  4. Talking of diagrams, Inverclyde has come up with a cracker (it comes from an identikit improvement plan thing for educational establishments e.g.

  5. Yeah. That`s a humdinger.

    And it fits a Herald correspondent`s description of CfE as: `the most ill-conceived, ill-thought out, ill-described ragbag of empty verbiage and feel-good platitutdes that I have encountered in 27 years of teaching`.

    That was seven years ago and now we have a bunch of internationalists coming to Scotland to advise the government how well it`s doing.

    It`s a crime.