IT used to be agreed that parents were responsible for their child’s best interests in matters of personal, emotional and physical development, but now it is seemingly becoming an assumption that the State is a better overseer of these interests. Official busybodies are increasingly creating opportunities to talk to children beyond the earshot of parents. They say that if you’re doing nothing wrong, why worry? But that’s not the point. It’s intrusive. And it’s creating an ever-increasing wedge in the parent-child bond, since the topics of conversation are personal and private. The more apathetic parents are to this interference with their natural authority, the more it will spread.

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Lizzie Troughton writes for ADF UK and can be found on Twitter at @francis_ea

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