Sunday 25 October 2015

Hearing at Supreme Court in March for NO2NP group

"Campaigners against Scottish Government's plans to appoint named guardians for children are to take their battle to the Supreme Court next year."

"A legal challenge at Scotland's top civil court failed earlier this year but the No To Named Persons (NO2NP) campaign group have secured a hearing at the Supreme Court in London in March."

"The government measure, contained in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, assigns a "named person" - such as a teacher or health visitor - to look out for the welfare of children under 18."

"NO2NP argue that ministers have exceeded their powers and are in breach of data protection laws and the human rights of parents but a judge at the Court of Session refused a petition for the judicial review of legislation back in January."

"The campaign group have stated they could even take the case to European courts in search of a favourable review."

"Campaign spokesman Simon Calvert said: "The right to a family life unhindered by state interference is of such vital importance that we feel we have no option but to bring the matter before the Supreme Court..."

"The judgement states that a named person is unable to interfere in family life but merely able to make 'an offer of help, which may simply be rejected'. But the legislation gives a named person broad powers to interfere without parental consent."

The Scottish government will insist that the Named Person is merely a single point of contact for families backed up by health workers and teachers doing what they have always done.

But it`s all about the data.
THE SNP is to create a £12million database containing medical details about every child in Scotland, with officials admitting the trove of information could be stored abroad. It will work alongside the controversial Named Person scheme, allowing health workers to "monitor" youngsters at the click of a button and flagging up parents who refuse vaccinations.
The network will join with another upgraded NHS database containing the medical records of everybody north of the Border, known as the Community Health Index (CHI)...Ten-year contracts for both projects have been put out to tender by the Scottish Government, with a target start date of August 2016 and a total cost of up to £32million.
A network of joined up databases might as well be a single database.

In England, Integrated Children`s Services was supported by ContactPoint a database that cost £224m to set up and £41m a year to run. It was criticised for privacy, security and child protection reasons and was shut down in 2010.

The same criticisms apply to the Named Person scheme.


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