Health and safety snoops to enter family homes

Health and safety inspectors are to be given unprecedented access to family homes to ensure that parents are protecting their children from household accidents.

New guidance drawn up at the request of the Department of Health urges councils and other public sector bodies to “collect data” on properties where children are thought to be at “greatest risk of unintentional injury”.

Council staff will then be tasked with overseeing the installation of safety devices in homes, including smoke alarms, stair gates, hot water temperature restrictors, oven guards and window and door locks.

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It would appear that the UK is becoming the textbook definition of a nanny state.

Would you rather that children were hurt?

The sad facts are that there are many inadequate parents and many substandard dwellings with built-in dangers such as faulty electrical wiring.

Do you really imagine that there are enough social workers to go into every home? Of course not. This measure just means that officials will have the right to check up on a child’s living conditions, without having to persuade the parent to allow them to do so. The officials won’t be going from door to door, that would be ridculous, but targeting homes of which they already have cause to be suspicious.

As I said, would you rather that children were hurt?

Always “for the children,” right? So a mere suspicion means someone can lawfully search your house?

No, only sworn officers can search your house and only with a search warrant or your written permission.

I’m confused, did the UK not already have health and safety inspections? Did they not already have their own version of Child Protective Services?

Why is this being implemented now?

Poor choice of words on my part. SO they can inspect your home base on mere suspicion?

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Poor choice of words on my part. SO they can inspect your home base on mere suspicion?

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Let's not criticise the mote in the Brits' eye while we have a beam in ours.

Child Protective can come into your home to check investigate any report from anyone (an angry ex, a neighbor who hates you) -- indeed must "investigate" even after they've established that it is groundless. You cannot refuse to let them in or they will return with cops. And if the CPS worker (or the cops) sees evidence of a crime you can be arrested.

[quote="didymus, post:7, topic:176727"]
Let's not criticise the mote in the Brits' eye while we have a beam in ours.

Child Protective can come into your home to check investigate any report from anyone (an angry ex, a neighbor who hates you) -- indeed must "investigate" even after they've established that it is groundless. You cannot refuse to let them in or they will return with cops. And if the CPS worker (or the cops) sees evidence of a crime you can be arrested.

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If you had read the article you would have seen where it is not limited to CPS workers, whereas it is here in the US.

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