Child Protection for the Autistic Child - A Resource
CONFIDENTIALITY meaning :- 'the state of keeping or being kept secret or private.'
meaning as it applies to health and social care :- ''when professionals tell other professionals anything without anyone checking accuracy or sifting fact from conjecture but no-one who is not paid to care can be told anything except in error.'' Confidentiality is closely allied to ‘best interest decision-making’ - What a group of professionals decide is the best way of living your life. Often involves removal from family home and incarceration in assessment and treatment unit * ( *substitute relevant alternative. ) Key features of best interest decision-making are :- - those making the decision do not need any relevant competency. - they almost always have conflicts of interest, usually around money. - there are rarely checks and balances. - decision-making is most often a group activity and no-one can be held accountable if/when the decision proves to have been very flawed. As there are no checks and balances the risks associated with this for decision-makers are very low. Risks for those that decisions are made about are usually very high and poor outcomes are often inevitable.
Brave (see below) professionals who have difficulty accepting the status quo around 'Confidentiality' and 'Best Interest Decision-making' may become whistleblowers but the police are pretty much the only agency who can cut through webs of confidentiality. There has to be a crime punishable by law before they might do this. Much of what happens under cover of confidentiality and in the name of 'Best Interest decision making' should be a crime punishable by law but is not.
Supplementary A-Z :- Brave - Confronting the unimaginably awful at immense personal cost.
Bravado - The defiant face you put on as a defense against unimaginably awful events and situations affecting you that you probably do'nt understand. (closely allied to 'traumatised' and 'brave')
Child Rescue ( Also see 'Hero' ) - Process that happens when the Child Protection juggernaut comes to your area, whisks your child off and leaves you watching the back of the juggernaut as it disappears into the distance. Young mothers are told ''We'll be back for your next child if you are still in the same place when we return.'' Old mothers are told nothing.
Fantasy Support - Support we are told exists elsewhere but is to be found nowhere. Referred to often by professionals who do not like to use the phrase 'Go Away!" because it upsets them. (Also see 'Rights', 'Traumatised' and 'Choice' )
Hero - The title child rescuers like to be called by. The NSPCC give all the opportunity to become child rescuers/heros in return for a small payment.
Power - Something you may not know you have, to effect change. Something you lose if you do not use. Something other people use to make you do what they want, often against your will. Something that may be pooled to best effect (as in the power of collective action and democracy).
Special Parents Parents who wanted to be ordinary, ‘Really ordinary if you are asking, thank you’. Specialness has been thrust upon them. Most have really ordinary attributes like a tremendously strong bond with their child and really special attributes like an ability to find positives in adversity. Special parents are usually considered special because they love their special children - this is considered to be very special indeed. Special adoptive parents are even more special again because they love their special children that they had not understood were quite so special to begin with, by choice.
Social policy for families who have need of Children's services Pass on the babies, farm out the kids, lock up the teens - the quicker the better. This is good for children's brains apparently. No one knows the effect on parent's brains.
Traumatised - A term used to describe people who display unacceptably impolite emotions in response to unimaginably awful situations and events. Traumatised people are not rational or capable of reliable decision-making. Pity is recommended as a response. Rights might help but these are usually too expensive. Ignoring the traumatised has been common practice to date. LB Westminster have considerable experience in this approach but no longer recommend it.
To follow .. Signposting, (usually to Fantasy Support ) How to Survive in a Police State (Be bland and never question what you are told by whoever is in authority.)