Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Number one priority is Getting it Right for You

I see that Getting it Right for You is making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter. It is North Ayrshire Children`s Services Plan 2016 - 2020 and it does make for a shocking read !

It consists of a series of promises to children in several different age groups: Early Years (0-5) Primary school (5-12 years) Secondary school (13-18 years)

They say: "We’ve put it together in this style so that it tells you what we promise to do to help you grow up."
Growing up is seen by these collaborators as so precarious that children need help and they`re the ones with the know how or the means of getting that. Forget your parents.
Here is one example: "We promise to talk to you and your family about your needs and the services we have to support those needs."
It does not enter their heads that children and families might see this as an unwelcome imposition. They also do not seem to realise that their services are very limited. For instance, if you are Tianze,  you will find yourself transported 200 miles away and your family will be obliged to follow you, because there are no adequate services in Scotland. But that problem passes these people by in their enthusiasm to offer unsolicited support.
"We promise to work with you and your family to encourage and support positive family relationships."
From conception onwards, no less. It is obvious that these people have no respect for private and family life; because they are very interested in relationships, especially of the sexual variety. If Nicola has her way: support to understand what a healthy sexual relationship is will begin aged two. But don`t worry, you will be able to read, write and count by the time you leave primary school. After all, this is aligned with Curriculum for Excellence and the Scottish government aims high, doesn`t it ?

In Getting it Right for You, the young person is represented as `Number 1 priority` wearing a yellow star. I don`t think much of the symbolism although at a deeper level I do find it uncannily accurate.

It is hard enough sometimes to separate from your own parents. Imagine what it would be like as a young person trying to get out of the grip of this lot.

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