Tick tock ... with thanks to miss00moo for flagging up the following offensive comments by Perth & Kinross Area CPC in this thread.
Hidden from whom? The ongoing stigmatisation of home educators“We are particularly concerned about children and young people educated at home and we consider the current arrangements are inadequate, as evidenced in a number of recent high profile SCRs. Our own research into this entire area of hidden children is nearing completion and we plan to share that with the Scottish Government shortly. We feel that in terms of vulnerability, hidden children present a significant risk and are much broader than the four bullet points highlighted within the document.”
Schoolhouse has just submitted a Freedom of Information request to Perth & Kinross Council, whose Child Protection Committee has declared that home educated children are “hidden” and, what’s more, have had starring roles in “recent SCRs”.
Hidden from whom, we wonder? Jimmy Savile sorts, perhaps?
We are of course also itching to discover which Significant Case Reviews (or even Serious Case Reviews south of the border) they might be referring to so that we can compare our “evidence” bases. Shhhhurely they don’t mean any of the usual suspects ( the ones who weren’t actually home educated or those who were well known to be at risk and all the ‘services’ failed to act) as that would not only be dishonest, but also the very worst form of grave robbing.
After firing that off, we thought we’d go and look at our own Perth & Kinross Council page which was last checked in July 2012. Surprise surprise, the links to the council’s home education information were broken with no redirects in place (i.e.”hidden”). We did find them again by searching the site and will update the page as soon as possible to include details of this FOI request and the eventual response.