Tuesday, 7 March 2017

John Swinney`s pointless reform of Named Person

"THE Scottish Government has been forced into a `major climbdown` on its controversial named-person policy, campaigners against the scheme said."

"The No To Named Persons (N2NP) group said the reforms announced by Education Secretary John Swinney were `pointless and superfluous`, and `little more than a face-saving exercise`."

"The campaign was involved in a legal challenge to the policy, which resulted in the Supreme Court ruling the data-sharing elements of the scheme were `‘incompatible` with the right to privacy and family life as set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)."

"New legislation is now being brought forward by the Scottish Government that will replace parts of the existing Children and Young People Scotland Act of 2014."

"Mr Swinney said this approach would require professionals acting as a named person to `consider whether sharing information would promote, support or safeguard the wellbeing of the child or young person`."

"They will also have to consider whether sharing information would be compatible with data-protection law, human rights and the law of confidentiality, he added."

"NO2NP spokesman Simon Calvert said: `However they try to spin it, this is a major climbdown by the Scottish Government`."

"`After two years of causing fear and confusion amongst parents, they are now conceding that they cannot lower the threshold for non-consensual disclosure of personal information on families`."

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