Ed Balls, House of Commons, 5th May 2009, col. 76
found here: http://tryingtorelax.blogspot.com/
quoted from: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200809/cmhansrd/cm090505/debtext/90505-0012.htm
Found by Elaine, forever vigilant on our behalfs. (Is that English?)
Disproportionate or what? This is what is coming next for all you stay at home mums with small children and all families during the summer holidays if you don't wake up and smell the coffee.
What if your child is dyslexic, the author of the report that would mean that this recommendation can be applied to home educators believes that given a suitable education all children should be reading autonomously at 8.
And if your children have special needs, especially if they are on the autistic spectrum, their behaviours and idiosyncrasies can look very like the government indicators of child abuse.
inappropriate dress, poor hygiene
Habit disorder (sucking, rocking, biting)
Neurotic traits (sleep disorders, inhibition of play)
Passive and aggressive - behavioral extremes
Delinquent behavior (especially adolescents)
Write to you MP now, make it clear that the government must not be allowed to invade our homes without reasonable suspicion of harm being done.
Defend the freedom to privacy in the home where there is no suspicion of crime and the notion that we are all innocent until proven guilty.
Give the government this power and you cannot control what it will be used for next.