Readers will be very familiar with the case of Jenny Paton in Poole. Jenny's family was (wrongly) accused of lying about the area they lived in for school catchment area purposes. The Council thought it justifiable to send employees to follow Jenny and her family, monitoring and recording their movements, for ages. When, finally, it turned out that they'd done nothing wrong, the Council boasted about their powers as a warning to others - which is how we know about it.
Finally, after years of gruelling work, Jenny and her family were vindicated in a judgment from the IPT which held that what the Council did was wrong (duh). But nobody was held accountable, and nobody was blamed. Unlike the Paton family, nobody had their name in the paper and nobody was intruded upon.
A little bird has told BBW who at the Council was responsible. As a public service, we thought we'd share their names here:
- Vicky Wales - Acting head of Children, Young People and Support Services (who has been promoted since the debacle!)
- John Nash - then-Head of Children and Young Person Services
- Tim Martin - Head of Legal and Democratic Services
- Nick McGuire - Education Officer
Of course, they're proud of their actions so surely they're entirely happy with having their names here. If they don't like it, oh well. Others don't like their families being spied on for weeks on end...
By Alex Deane