...is disproportionately high, according to the consultation documents:
"1.3 The review found no evidence that home education was used to cover forced marriage, servitude, or trafficking other than in isolated cases. However, the reviewer was provided with evidence showing that the number of home educated children known to Children's Social Services in some LAs was disproportionately high relative to the size of their home educating population. "
Couple this with the assertion, also contained in the consultation documents, that local authorities think they only know about a small proportion of home educated children, and you wonder if these people really should be given the powers to tell us whether our maths provision is acceptable or not!
It is the experience of many HEors that there are several reasons why a high proportion of those known to LAs are also known to SS, the principal ones being the significant number of children with special educational needs, spurious referrals by schools following deregistration and totally unnecessary calls put in by neighbours, relatives and sundry other busy-bodies who are usually just ignorant about HE.
Then there is the fact that if you were to take the maths seriously (which we doubt you should), you could derive a vastly different message to the one the Badman report seeks to imply. As Badman seems to want to have it, the high proportion suggests that HE children are more likely to be at risk of being at risk. However, the opposite message could be derived from the same facts: that HE children, being in an unusually conspicuous and often misunderstood position, are already much more likely to be screened for abuse and should thereby already much less likely than schooled children to be suffering from it.
We have consistently told the Badman review that in our experience, the tiny proportion of HE children who are indeed at risk of even only mild levels of abuse, (say emotional and moral neglect) do, one way or another, get referred to SS. This happens without the unnecessary expense of intruding upon thousands of healthy families, destroying privacy and ignoring children's rights in the process.