The Independent Safeguarding Authority Destroys Communities

The ISA is under fire from all sides, now for requiring parents to be ‘vetted’ before they can host exchange students:

A Derbyshire head teacher has criticised a proposed new law which requires parents to undergo criminal checks before having exchange students to stay.

Dr Roger Wilkes, of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, in Ashbourne, has written to Children’s Secretary Ed Balls to ask for a review of the proposal.

Dr Wilkes claims the rules do not improve the safety of children, but instead create obstacles stopping parents being host families.

He said: “It’s absolutely right we safeguard children and make sure we are employing the right people but this has now taken things too far.”

Under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 anyone who provides accommodation for under-18s from November 2010 will have to be registered with the independent safeguarding authority.

It’s insane. The government believes that nothing is more important than ‘protection’ and the ‘absence of risk’, but in its race towards its Holy Grails it’s destroying social bonds and informal social networks which have stood the test of time; but no longer. It’s ludicrous to say that only one member of each household needs to be ‘vetted’ – it’s self-contradicting. The ISA is a pointless, vindictive organisation, which is destroying the social fabric in its mad quest to duplicate what existing child protection services (and in this case local communities) should already be doing. As Dr Wilkes says it won’t improve the safety of children and will dramatically increase social alienation. It should be abolished immediately.


4 responses to “The Independent Safeguarding Authority Destroys Communities

  1. The ISA hasn’t gone into full effect yet so how can you make such a ludicrous claim. I attended a conference organised by a UK Police Force as far back as 1997 and the issue of hosting and abuse was raised specifically as an area of concern – that is, kids abroad find it hard to make complaints and evidence is that they keep quiet. ISA duplicates nothing – it takes the long-existing List 99 and also the POCAList and puts the whole thing on a judicial basis with appeal and review rather than relying on ministerial fiat as has been the case. Bichard recommended such a system and the question has been HOW to implement not Whether.

  2. You don’t seem to understand cause and effect. The Criminal Justice Act 1994, RIPA and other government powers – not ‘in full effect’ when people spoke out against them. Now they’re fully fledged tools of abuse by the state, in its desperation to look like it’s actually doing something. Fact is we’re in a time where the state really doesn’t know how to solve the most intractable problems – it farms them out to the private or charitable sectors, then finishes the job with initiatives like the ISA, which give the illusion of ‘protection’. The result – people get hurt, the children/young people we know about who do get abused, still get equally as abused.

    The police always ask for disproportionate powers – it doesn’t mean they should be given them. A bureaucracy to vet people it doesn’t know isn’t going to help anyone. Can the police or ISA specify the level of recorded or likely hidden abuse against exchange students? Probably not.

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  4. Yet they allow homosexuals to adopt!
    Before people get all high almighty about my comment, I am making a comparison. It was not too long ago ALL homosexuals were deemed potential “boy fiddlers,” yet it seems okay for them to adopt young boys. But this new ISA is virtually labeling all normal parents as potential threats to children,
    This does not make sense….

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