Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Appeal against Named Person Service to be fast tracked

"Campaigners opposed to the Scottish Government’s controversial Named Person scheme have been granted their request for a fast-track appeal, after losing an initial legal challenge last month. The motion, granted at a hearing in Edinburgh yesterday by Lady Clark, means the case could be heard as early as June."

"The request was made by lawyers acting for the No To Named Persons (NO2NP) group, which is spearheading opposition to the SNP’s plans. A NO2NP spokesman said: “We are delighted at this decision which allows us to challenge the decision as quickly as we can, possibly in early June. “Speed is of the essence as this draconian legislation poses a threat to the private lives of every family in the country that has a baby on the way or a child aged up to 18.”

"Under the plans, an allocated state official – or named person – will have the power to share information with a wide range of public authorities and intervene without parental consent.... "

"Michael Urquhart, headteacher of Murrayburn Primary School in Edinburgh, has previously spoken out in favour of the scheme but has admitted his staff had expressed concern over the plan."

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