(Express UK) PRIMARY pupils are being quizzed in the classroom about how much alcohol their parents drink, how many toys and computer games they have and even how often they are allowed Irn Bru.
The “Wellbeing Surveys” are part of the SNP Government’s Realigning Children’s Services programme and also ask youngsters in P5 to P7: “How often do you feel that your life is going well?”
They are also asked how often they brush their teeth, whether their parents have “bad fights” and if they have a garden to play in.
One question states: “How much do you worry about adults drinking too much alcohol at home?”, while others probe for information about consumption of fruit, vegetables and fizzy drinks.
A secondary school questionnaire is also being carried out, asking pupils if they have been bullied for their accent, skin colour or sexual orientation, how often they eat “McDonalds, Burger King or KFC” and who lives with them at home.
The children – some as young as 11 – are also asked if they have ever taken any of a vast array of drugs, including speed, crystal meth, LSD, ecstasy, heroin, crack cocaine, methadone, ketamine or synthetic highs such as “Benzo Fury”, “M-Cat”, “Clockwork Orange” or “Black Mamba”.
A third survey is for parents and carers and probes personal issues such as how often their child has visited a GP or A&E over the past year, whether both parents live together and how often neighbours are asked to babysit.
Mums and dads are even required to say whether they “dislike” their child, whether their child can be “sneaky or manipulative” and even if they are fit enough to climb stairs or push a vacuum cleaner.
Although the surveys are anonymous, the answers will be linked to individual identity numbers and shared across the public sector – a move which critics say breaches the Supreme Court ruling on “intrusive data sharing” under the Named Person scheme.
The surveys are voluntary although some parents in Falkirk and North Lanarkshire, the two areas where they are currently being carried out, claim the choice is not properly explained.