‘Fairer Scotland’ minister fails to grasp GIRFEC thistle

Alex Neil, the Social Justice Secretary, hosted a Fairer Scotland Q&A session  on the Scottish Government’s Facebook page the other evening. It wasn’t a roaring success, just like the real life events in Glasgow and Kilmarnock, where the Named Person issue dominated discussions, and many questions surrounding the scheme – including  those about consent, necessity and proportionality – received no …

Critical masses say no to Snooperati

GIRFEC: Getting Information Recorded For Every Child (and the whole family tree!) The Schoolhouse petition (which was set up purely as an awareness raising tool when it became clear that parents and professionals were being misled into believing that GIRFEC was about protecting vulnerable children rather than a mass data stealing exercise) has now passed the 6000 signature mark, and supporters …

A Named Parent for every professional?

The Myles Bradbury case brings into sharp focus the inherent dangers of the universal Scottish Named Person scheme, which promotes professional power-over access to every child and facilitates the gathering and sharing of every child’s (and every associated adult’s) sensitive personal data among a large number of other professionals without informed consent. As was contended in the recent judicial review, this flies in the face of …

Judicial Review: Named Person scheme and associated data theft

In advance of the Judicial Review which is to commence later this month, we are grateful to our colleague Tristram Llewellyn-Jones from the Isle of Man for circulating this excellent position paper focusing on the non-consensual universal data gathering and sharing on which GIRFEC and the compulsory Named Person scheme rely. Named Person Judicial Review – T C Llewellyn Jones [pdf] One …

NO2NP campaign gathers momentum

The No2NP campaign is gathering momentum and a number of videos have been released highlighting the concerns of various individuals and organisations regarding the implementation of the compulsory named person / state guardian scheme and allied universal data gathering and sharing without consent. Schoolhouse’s spokesperson describes the approach of the “state steamroller” from the home educators’ perspective:     Meanwhile …

Who’s going to fix it when they ‘get it wrong’ for our child?

As we reported in our recent article, GIRFEC, data mining, consent and the Named Person: who’s misleading whom?, the  legal challenge to the anti-family Part 4 of the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act has now been officially launched. A small crowd of supporters was in attendance on 9th July, along with an impressive media turn out, as the legal …

GIRFEC, data mining, consent and the Named Person: who’s misleading whom?

Image credit: No2NP A range of media coverage of yesterday’s launch of the judicial review of the Named Person and data mining provisions within the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act can now be found on the NO2NP Facebook page. Just as the legal papers were being lodged by the Christian Institute at the Court of Session,  we were somewhat bemused to hear …

Named Persons in the firing line

Some of the attendees at the No2NP conference and campaign launch  We must apologise for the belatedness of this update, but we do have several compelling excuses! We have been fielding a record number of enquiries from home educating parents and those considering the option due entirely to anxieties about GIRFEC, Named Persons and the legalised data theft incorporated in …