Support 4 the Family

Alan Williams, a retired teacher and Chairman of Support 4 the Family.

Debbie Pitt, a retired medical doctor and committee member of Support 4 the Family.

Sue Perkins, a teacher, supporting the motion.

Harry Cottam, opposing the motion, introduced an amendment then withdrew it when the original motion was clarified by Alan Williams. To see what happened, watch the video.

UKIP National Conference 2017 Gives Overwhelming Support for the Appointment of a Family and Childrens' Spokesperson

The following motion from Support 4 the Family was passed by the Conference in Torquay almost unanimously:

The conference expresses strong concern over the Children & Social Work Act 2017 because it attempts to promote cultural Marxism in the classroom and thus deny parents the liberty and right to withdraw their children from such teaching. UKIP needs a family and childrens' spokesperson to firmly address such matters.

The motion was passed with hundreds of votes in favour and only two votes against.

Here is a partial transcript from the proposer and a complete transcript from the seconder:

Alan Williams, a retired teacher and Chairman of Support 4 the Family, proposed the motion as follows:

In Primary Schools the Children and Social Work Act 2017 is focused on “Relationships”. The children will have to learn about the relationship between “Gender” and “Sex”. They will be taught that a boy can become a girl and a girl may be a boy just because they say so. They will have to learn that some children can have two “daddies” and some children can have two “mommies”.

This is not what education is supposed to be about. This is not caring for childrens' sound mental health and moral wellbeing. This is indoctrination because it cannot be challenged without incurring the full force of the Law. … This is Cultural Marxism. It is an attack on the natural family inspired by the fantasy of Karl Marx who saw the family as an obstacle to international socialism where everyone would be “equal” because everyone would belong to the state. ...

Our institutions from Parliament downwards are now not concerned with protecting healthy families. We now have epidemics of mental ill health amongst our youngsters.

This is not an accident. The Cultural Marxists have been hard at work in our universities for decades persuading our future leaders that they are going to change society for the better by bringing down the “oppressors” and fighting for the rights of the “oppressed”. ...

Debbie Pitt, a committee member of Support 4 the Family, seconded the motion as follows:

My name is Deborah Pitt. I am a retired doctor having worked in hospital medicine, general practice and psychiatry.

Families are the building blocks of society, essential for stable relationships and a flourishing country. Support 4 the Family recommends a Families and Childrens' spokesman to this end.

There are many disrupting pressures on family life and sometimes the State has to intervene. But legislation, well-intended as it may be, can be too heavy handed or misapplied.

For example, the Equality Act, referred to yesterday, is being misinterpreted in some schools. Gender reassignment is a 'protected characteristic', but anti-discrimination law applies only to those in a phase of gender transfer. Therefore this Act does not apply to primary school children and adolescents, and schools do not have to enforce it. Parents have the right to point this out without being vilified. However, the Children and Social Work Act seeks to remove this parental role.

There is long-standing evidence of the damage possible to childrens' social and health-related development in the first five years of life, a time when the brain is growing very fast. Children gradually become aware of themselves and their environment. The work of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget on cognitive development and that of psychoanalyst Dr John Bowlby on emotional development is well known.

Piaget described four phases of cognitive development between the ages of two and twenty. Children up to five think concretely. The mental processes develop gradually, just as the body does. A little child is vulnerable and must be protected from issues beyond their scope to integrate and understand. Unfortunately many children are entering primary school who have had disrupted parenting and other disadvantages that damage these vital processes of maturation.

But now primary school children are expected to learn all about the adult world of sex. Some of the material in use, I'm afraid, is very graphic and absent of moral content.

Parents must be allowed their rights to remove their children from a learning environment they consider traumatic and unsuitable for them. Parents must be listened to by government agencies and their concerns and freedoms acknowledged.

There are many other factors that I won't go into, child sexual abuse in Rotherham and all these other places, but let's go on to say the costs of family breakdown and distress are enormous. The figure is now £48bn per year, more than the defence budget and rising. The Relationships Foundation and Marriage Foundation are good sources of information that I do not have time to give today.

Return to Home page

Children and Social Work Act 2017

This Act gives sweeping new powers to the Secretary of State for Education to make regulations about the teaching of sex and relationships.

It introduces relationships education in primary schools and relationships and sex education in secondary schools.

The Act received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and will be implemented in September 2019 after a public consultation to decide the content of these subjects. However, it is likely that relationships education will include equality and diversity training, much the same as it is taught already with an emphasis on protected characteristics such as sexual orientation and gender re-assignment. It isn't supposed to include sex education, which raises an interesting question:

When is sex education not sex education?

When it’s sexual orientation education.

In other words, children in primary school, from the age of four years onwards, will learn to be gay before they learn to be straight.

And what can parents do about it? Nothing. These will be compulsory subjects in all schools in England, including independent schools and academies, and there will be no parental right of withdrawal.

For details of the Act and how it affects the education system, see our conference handout.

See also Chapter 4 of the Act on the Government website.