Dear North Lanarkshire Council,

Per the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, please supply me with all information contained in your records:

Please advise your policy, procedures and training programme for Social Work staff dealing with and identifying ‘Coached or psychologically coerced children?’

Please provide your policy and procedures which explains types and examples of diagnostic criteria and/or indicators & signs of a child being coached and/or psychologically coerced?

Please advise your policy and procedures that explains appropriate methods of working with including but not limited to consideration and intervention of a child who may present as being subject to having been coached by psychological coercive control that is given when working with coached and/psychologically coerced children?”

Please acknowledge receipt and I shall look forward to your full and frank disclosure within 20 working days

Yours faithfully,

Ms S Kerr

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Ms Kerr

I acknowledge receipt of your email which is receiving attention.

I shall contact you again when I am in a position to respond more fully to your request.

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill St
Motherwell
ML1 1AB
01698 302232

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

Dear Miss Kerr

I refer again to your e mail dated 17 January 2020 seeking information in relation to policies, procedures and training relative to coached or psychologically coerced children.

Having investigated, I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council does not have a specific policy or procedures in relation to coached or psychologically coerced children and in terms of Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, I must advise you of this.

However, to be of some assistance please see below links to relevant policies:-

Guidance on Child Exploitation:-
https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/CHtt...

Lanarkshire Vulnerable Children and Young People Guidance:-
https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/CHtt...

Lanarkshire Interagency Guidance for Child Trafficking:-
https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/CHtt...

Good Practice Guidance on Domestic Abuse:-
https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/CHtt...

West of Scotland Child Protection Procedures:-
http://www.proceduresonline.com/westofsc...

In addition staff would refer to Scottish Government Guidance on Joint Investigative interviewing child witnesses in Scotland and COSLA Human Trafficking and Exploitation Guidance

Training is co-ordinated and takes place in relation to these via our Child Protection Committee.

I can advise that North Lanarkshire Council, having regard to the provisions of Section 21 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, has established a procedure whereby any person who has requested information and is in any way dissatisfied with the decision on that request, can within forty working days require a review of that decision by writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions, Civic Centre, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell ML1 1AB. Accordingly, if you are dissatisfied with this decision and seek such review please write to the Head of Legal and Democratic Solutions.

I would advise, also, that in terms of Section 47 of the Act a person who is dissatisfied with a notice given by the local authority under Section 21 of the Act - ie. a notice following a review of a decision by a local authority, or by the failure of a local authority to give such a notice - may make application to the Scottish Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether, in any respect specified in that application, the request for information to which the requirement relates has been dealt with in accordance with the Act. Such an application must be made within six months of the review decision and be in writing or in another form which, by reason of it having some permanency is capable of being used for subsequent reference. The application must state the name of the applicant, and provide an address for correspondence. The application must also specify the request for information to which the requirement for review relates, the matter which gave rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the original decision of the local authority and the matter which gives rise to the applicant’s dissatisfaction with the decision on review by the local authority or the failure of the local authority to issue such a decision. The Scottish Information Commissioner can be contacted as follows:-

Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St. Andrews
KY16 9DS
email: [email address]

Appeals to the Scottish Information Commissioner can also be made online via the following link: -

www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal

I hope this information is sufficient for your purpose. If, however, you require further information – or I can assist in any other way – please let me know.

Yours sincerely

Jacqueline Keachie
For Freedom of Information Co-ordinator
North Lanarkshire Council
Civic Centre
Windmillhill St
Motherwell
ML1 1AB
01698 302232

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Keachie Jacqueline,

Coercive psychological systems use psychological force in a coercive way to cause the learning and adoption of an ideology or designated set of beliefs, ideas, attitudes, or behaviors. A victim may be subjected to various types of coercive influence, anxiety and stress-producing tactics over time.
In a psychologically coercive environment, the victim is forced to adapt in a series of small "invisible" steps. Each step is sufficiently small that the subject does not notice the changes or identify the coercive nature of the process until much later, if ever. These tactics can be reinforced in a group setting by well-intended, but deceived, "friends and allies" of the victim. (Good-cop/Bad-cop).
This keeps the victim from setting up the ego defenses normally maintained in known adversarial situations.
Psychological coercion overcomes the individual's critical thinking abilities and free will - apart from any appeal to informed judgment. Victims gradually lose their ability to make independent decisions and exercise informed consent. Their emotional defenses, cognitive processes, values, ideas, attitudes, conduct and ability to reason are undermined, and decisions are no longer through meaningful free choice, rationality, or the inherent merit or value of the ideas or propositions being presented.

https://theneurotypical.com/psychologica...

Yours sincerely,

Ms S Kerr

Keachie Jacqueline, North Lanarkshire Council

I am currently out of the office. All e-mails will be forwarded  to a
member of the Freedom of Information Team, who can be contacted on 01698
302 232.