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    Daily Express UK: Sin Bins for Worst Families

    UPDATE: Thanks to poster Not Quite, who highlights a response from the UK’s Department for Children’s Schools and Families, which denies any families will be monitored by CCTV. I am unable to find any support for the Daily Express’s statement that there will be in-home CCTV monitoring of troubled families and can only conclude that its report was wrong. Reviewing the program as described by the UK government however, there is something surprising. Though the “Family Intervention Program” seems to mostly involve working with families without moving them, it is possible for families to be moved to a government residence and supervised there. “At the most intensive level, families who require supervision and support on a 24 hour basis stay in a core residential unit. Upon satisfactory completion of a programme, the family can move into a managed property.” See “What is a family intervention project?” and look under “Different Interventions.”

    I am appalled by this story from the Daily Express UK.

    The Children’s Secretary [Ed Balls] set out £400 million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV supervision in their own homes.

    They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals.

    Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction.

    Around 2,000 families have gone through these Family Intervention Projects so far.

    But ministers want to target 20,000 more in the next two years, with each costing between £5,000 and £20,000 – a potential total bill of £400 million. […]

    Sin bin projects operate in half of council areas already but Mr Balls wants every local authority to fund them. […]

    Pupils and their families will have to sign behaviour contracts known as Home School Agreements before the start of every year, which will set out parents’ duties to ensure children behave and do their homework.

    Found via Wired’s Gadget Lab blog.

    3 Responses to “Daily Express UK: Sin Bins for Worst Families”

    1. wtf!? Says:

      This is, quite frankly, absolutely and totally bonkers. As an ex-Brit I watch from afar as her Majesty’s island flushes it’s self down the toilet good style. Why do the people of Britain actually put up with this crap? Time for a revolution anyone?

    2. Not quite Says:

      I’m afraid this is dubious reporting from a dubious source (I refer to The Daily Express, not the fine work of Privacy Lives).

      The Government has denied that CCTV will be used. See official statement here:

    3. Privacy Lives Says:

      Thank you for commenting. I looked into it and updated the post. I appreciate the help.

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