Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Aberdeen foster care: no smoking zone

Adopters and foster carers could face their own ban on smoking, if city councillors agree to new proposals. 
Unless we take proactive steps to stop smoking, local authorities, in theory, in the best interest of the child or young person, could withdraw the placement of the young person. We have to make carers aware that this is a live possibility.
Do these people really think that exposure to secondary smoke is the most significant danger faced by homeless young people in care? And just in case anyone thinks this has anything to do with concern for children's health: 
The move will be considered amid fears the council could be held liable if youngsters in care develop future health problems linked to passive smoking.
The care system for children is far from perfect. If I were in care and discovered that social services had stopped me being adopted by people just because they were smokers I would probably sue them myself.


Anonymous said...

Children need loving parents.
Will people who drink or eat fast foods also be banned from fostering because they set the wrong health message?

Belinda said...

The current statement about fostering and smoking from Aberdeen city council: http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/web/includes/template/ShowFAQ.asp?qid=9539

Anonymous said...

Given the so called " air quality " caused by the fumes of traffic, could the yougsters not find the local councils liable for not protecting their health,i think i read that Scotland was going to be fined by the EU.


Eddie Douthwaite said...

It has nothing to do with health, it's just another link in the chain of the Scottish Governments "Denormalisation of smokers" (HATE)Campaign.

budgie said...

Updated slogan...

'Coercion, coercion, coercion.'