Monday, 23 November 2015

Celebrating Universal Children`s Day

"On 20 November, on the occasion of Universal Childrens Day, the Council of Europe and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights launched their Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child. "
"It is the first comprehensive guide to European law in the area of children's rights, taking into account both the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). It contains references to relevant EU Regulations and Directives, the European Social Charter and the decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights, as well as other Council of Europe instruments."

There is a section explaining the `rights of the child,` to children. Here are some snippets:

Your identity, your private life and your family

You are entitled to protection of your privacy. No one may interfere unlawfully in your private life, or that of your family. Your home, your correspondence, your honour and your reputation are protected by law...

Your parents have joint responsibility for your upbringing and development. They have the right and the duty to offer you guidance in how you should exercise your rights and respect your obligations.
So far, so good.

You and the state

The state must protect you and assure your well-being. It must help your parents or the persons who care for you by establishing institutions and services to look after your interests and your well-being.

Aye, there`s the rub.

Scotland has obliterated children`s right to a private and family life by establishing a compulsory Named Person service to look after their interests and well-being.

Proportionality does not enter into it, but state interference certainly does.

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