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Groups and Parental Rights Advocates Appeal Named Person Scheme Implementation

April 5, 2016   /  Uncategorized   /   no comments

Parental rights and Christian groups are challenging a controversial law that the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom granted to the Scottish government, giving them the authority of administering extensive intrusions on private family life.

The government’s invasion of parental rights through the Named Person scheme is viewed as a gross violation, as stated by Christian Institute Director Colin Hart, one of the plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit against the state.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 gives children aged 0 to 18 access to a Named Person who will serve as a bit of extra support. They will be a single point of contact if a child or their parents seek advice or want information, or for other services that have concerns over the wellbeing of a child.

The law has several flaws.

According to the news agency, a Named Person can be any of the child’s acquaintances, such as a teacher, social worker, midwife or school administrator, who will be responsible for gathering extensive details about a child and their interests without the parents’ knowledge. As the child’s circumstances change or a named person dies, a replacement will be assigned, which poses a risk.

“The circle of people privy to the child’s and family’s information” will widen.

Most parents also believe that the law also implies that they are unable to raise their children without help, their parental role is dependent on the State, and that they are identified as potential child predators instead of protectors.

A spokesperson of the No to Named Person campaign said to LifeSiteNews that the scheme implies that “For children to grow up to be successful Scottish adults, there must be early intervention by the government.”

Because it is still months away before the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 will be implemented, there is still time for the Christian Institute, CARE, the Family Education Trust, and the TYMES Trust (for parents of children with chronic fatigue syndrome) to file an appeal.



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