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Laura Perrins: Once parents protected children. Now it’s a job for quangoland


I have noticed a job advertised in The Sunday Times, and it is just smack you in the face fantastic. For the princely sum of £80,000 a year and no doubt some very comfortable third sector perks, you can be a Director of Strategy and Advocacy for the Children’s Commissioner, who is there to, “promote and protect children’s rights”. I do believe it is time for me to dust off my CV were it not for my own children who I must promote and protect.

Since the collapse of marriage it is now necessary to have an entire quango, I believe is the term, devoted to protecting children, especially the most vulnerable. Whether they actually do a good job on this is a matter for hot debate.

Like all good communist programmes, these people have a five-year plan for the kiddies. And they are busy I tell you, very busy.

We are told, this five-year programme, “aims to transform outcomes for children and especially, the most vulnerable.”  This new fabulous advocate for children will, inter alia, “lead the team to provide a dynamic platform of proactive and reactive policy knowledge and development in all aspects of children’s policy”.

What on earth is a dynamic platform when it is at home?

In addition, “The team (the advocate will lead) will be the recognised experts in the five areas of priority demonstrating a keen ability to turn policy expertise into public policy”.

And also, “Lead by example, build and maintain key stakeholder relationships, and ensure all policy priorities have established stakeholders’ networks to support the five year strategy”.

What the hell does this all mean? No doubt this jargon-laden job advert is standard operating procedure in quangoland, but I doubt it will make much of a difference to vulnerable children.

I also wonder who the experts will be? Gosh, I just cannot wait to find out who they are and indeed what the five areas of priority could be. Perhaps: housing, family, health, education and something fluffy like ‘well-being’ sounds good.

Anyway, I could save these people a lot of time and taxpayer money and propose the following. Abolish the quango of the Children’s Commissioner and restore marriage to its privileged position in both the tax system and society. Start campaigning for people to get married and have children, in that order.

As our co-editor Kathy Gyngell has already argued, marriage is the best driver of equality of opportunity and the best protector of children. Children born to married parents do better on all key outcomes, such as health, education, employment and mental health.

The latest research finds children brought up by single parents or step-families are far more likely to suffer from conduct disorders and hyperactivity.

But still we go on with this nonsense, pouring more and more taxpayer’s money into charities and quangos to try to improve outcomes for children so damaged by the sexual revolution and liberal assault on marriage.

Historically, we had mothers and fathers to protect and raise their children, now we have ‘stakeholders’.

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