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Home Ed and another fake charity

Signals are being sent out that the government's umpteenth review of Home Education will advise the government to "get tough on home tuition".

The government will be advised to crack down on home education to ensure it is not being used as a cover for child abuse or for parents to avoid educating their children at all, in an independent review that has angered families that home-school their children.

The inquiry into home education was ordered by ministers in January to investigate whether home education is used to conceal "child abuse such as neglect, forced marriage, sexual exploitation or domestic servitude".

As has been pointed out, this decision will have implications for everyone, because it destroys the principle that parents are responsible for their children's education.

It was fairly clear that the Badman review of HE was in fact a sham, set up as a cover for the introduction of a predetermined policy outcome, and there has been a litany of fake charities doing their masters' bidding and queuing up to smear the home ed community. I've posted before about the NSPCC, but today's article has a new one: the National Children's Bureau.

Half of the NCB's £20m income comes from government departments. Add in their National Lottery funding and you get to a whopping 73%.

And what did the NCB have to say on the HE review? Here's their principal officer Jacqui Newvell:

We know a lot of home educators are doing a great job but our concern is the minority who slip thought the net.

The problem is of course, that nobody seems to have identified anyone who has "slipped through the net". There just don't seem to be any instances of home ed being used as a cover for abuse.  This underlying purpose of the review seems not to have been about child protection. Instead, it's about expansion of bureaucratic empires. It's a "solution" in search of a problem.


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"The government will be advised to crack down on home education to ensure it is not being used as a cover for child abuse"

As parents are such potential abusers, why not stop the problem at source and simply take all children into care? We all know how brilliantly that works...
Jun 6, 2009 at 7:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames P

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