Identifying Coached or Psychologically Coerced Children

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Dear Shetland Islands 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

Shetland Islands Council

Thank you for your recent enquiry, we acknowledge receipt of your request for information.

This is receiving our attention, and we will provide you with a response as soon as possible.

Regards, M Robertson

Marie Robertson

Committee Assistant
Shetland Islands Council
Governance & Law
Corporate Services Department
8 North Ness Business Park
Lerwick | Shetland |01595 744553

Shetland Islands Council

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Good afternoon

 

The response from Shetland Islands Council to your Freedom of Information
request below is as follows:

 

Nil response for this information request.  We do not have any policies or
procedures pertaining to coached or psychologically coerced children, and
we have not provided any specific training on this topic for our staff.

 

I trust that this response meets your request. However, if you are
dissatisfied with the way in which the Council has dealt with your request
for information then you may ask the authority to review its actions and
decisions in relation to your request, by submitting a formal appeal. The
process for lodging appeals is set out in the attached leaflet.

 

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact
me.

 

Yours sincerely

Susan Manson

Reception

Children’s Services

Shetland Islands Council

Tel: 01595 744000

 

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Dear Shetland Islands Council,

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 faithfully,

Ms S Kerr

Shetland Islands Council

Dear Ms Kerr

We acknowledge receipt of the information you provided 22.02.20 concerning psychological coercion and I will pass this onto the Service that responded to your request.
Should you require us to take any further action please do let us know.

Regards, M Robertson

Marie Robertson

Committee Assistant
Shetland Islands Council
Governance & Law
Corporate Services Department
8 North Ness Business Park
Lerwick | Shetland |01595 744553

Dear Shetland Islands Council,

It is for information purposes only not a request.

It is given as a good will gesture.

Yours faithfully,

Ms S Kerr

Shetland Islands Council

Dear Ms Kerr

Thank you for letting us know.

Best regards
Marie Robertson

Committee Assistant
Shetland Islands Council
Governance & Law
Corporate Services Department
8 North Ness Business Park
Lerwick | Shetland |01595 744553

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