When families become enemies of state


Eileen Munro in The Guardian, 29th January 2009

"Under Labour policy, the family's relationship with the state is being subjected to a transformation that erodes their privacy and autonomy. It is being done in the name of child protection and "safeguarding" children. The aims appear honourable and desirable; it may seem obvious that losing a few civil liberties is a small price to pay for the security and welfare of children, but when you look closer, it is very steep: the benefits are questionable while probability of dangerous outcomes seems high."