Tuesday, 8 March 2016

First day at Supreme Court

"A legal challenge against Scottish Government proposals to appoint named public workers to safeguard the wellbeing of every child in Scotland will be heard at the Supreme Court this week."

"Four charities and three individuals have lodged an appeal against the "named person" provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014."

"The court has been asked to decide whether the provision is compatible with fundamental common law rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, and laws on the sharing and disclosure of information from Westminster and the European Union."

"Under the scheme, the named person is required to exercise statutory functions, including providing advice, information or support where appropriate to promote, support or safeguard the wellbeing of the child or young person."

"In July 2014, The Christian Institute, Family Education Trust, The Young ME Sufferers ("Tymes") Trust and CARE (Christian Action Research & Education) lodged a petition with three individuals for a judicial review challenging the lawfulness of the provisions."

"The appellants claim the Act `authorises unjustified and unjustifiable state interference with family rights`." NO2NP report on the first day at the Supreme Court, below:

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