State Appointed Guardians for Every Child in Scotland

iStock_000017522162SmallLast week the Scottish Government passed a staggeringly disproportionate piece of legislation that may see thousands of innocent families lives intruded upon by public sector busybodies.

Despite opposition from the public, church leaders, legal experts, MSPs and civil liberties groups, the Children and Young People Act was passed in Scotland. This new piece of legislation now means from birth until the age of 18, every child in Scotland will have a specific state-appointed ‘guardian’ to safeguard their interests and oversee their safety. Initially, this person is likely to be a health visitor or midwife, with the role latterly being taken over by a school teacher who will have a “duty” and responsibility to act as the child’s guardian. Not only that, but to allow these ‘guardians’ will have legal authority to access information from the police, council, NHS, amongst others.

Resources should be focused on those families in genuine need and on those children in real danger. As soon as you create an army of guardians they are going to have to justify their positions and that will mean more paperwork, more intrusion and more families being treated as suspects when they have done nothing wrong.

Before the Scottish Parliament voted on the Bill, the Scottish Express highlighted a staggering number of children under observation in the Highlands. In 2010, Highland Council became the first to introduce the pilot scheme and has since designated 8,000 children (1,116 led by a health visitor, 6,811 led by a Head Teacher) to a “child’s plan”. These figures clearly suggest that thousands of families are having their privacy interfered with on a daily basis and highlights how dangerous this piece of legislation is.

The Church of Scotland has been one of the more vocal opponents to the legislation. The Reverenced Sally Foster-Fulton warned that: “The concept of a named person diminishes the role of parents, with no obvious benefit for the most vulnerable in society, a point we have consistently made in our responses to the Scottish Government and to the Parliament’s Education Committee. MSPs must ask themselves: will this proposal do anything other than reduce the time professionals, such as nurses and school staff, have to support children who really need help, without providing a useful service to anyone else?”

Now the legislation has been passed, I am sure that all those that spoke so vocally against the Bill will be paying close attention to ensure that the SNP do not allow these powers to spiral out of control.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Home | 14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. John Dakin
    25th February 2014

    This is a truly shocking intrusion of the State into private life.

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  2. Phillip Dundston
    26th February 2014

    “Now the legislation has been passed, I am sure that all those that spoke so vocally against the Bill will be paying close attention to ensure that the SNP do not allow these powers to spiral out of control.”

    Shame we can’t REPEAL them through the courts like they can in more modern democracies. When ae you people seriously going to start demanding this vitally needed protection?

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  3. Anon
    27th February 2014

    Don’t they realise that this will destroy family life and privacy and signals the end of democracy (is there any of it left anyway?).

    Truly shocking, dictatorship in the UK.

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    • Cassie
      23rd March 2015

      No, in Scotland. This won’t be passed in England through Westminser, as it is the SNP doing this.

      It is a truly terrifying time to be living in Scotland. This, armed Police being sent to routine call-outs for incidents that do not need armed Police, and stop and searches with no cause at all on children without an adult present.

      This is the norm and we are expected to put up with it, and even worse, the sheeple will vote in droves for the SNP (who are responsible for all of the nonsense above) because they want “Freedom” and “Indy”.

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  4. Bryan
    28th February 2014

    The Nazi’s did this sort of thing, as do the North Koreans. It is truly shocking.

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  5. Sheila Struthers
    1st March 2014

    Thank you for highlighting this issue.For further information, please visit this page.

    http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/members-of-the-scottish-parliament-reject-girfec-surveillance-and-named-person-for-every-child-in-scotland

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  6. Anon
    2nd March 2014

    So Scottish Nationalism is no different really from other forms of nationalism….petty, narrow-minded and neo-totalitarian. How did the famously canny Scots come to put these extremists in charge?

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  7. Adam
    10th March 2014

    I’m glad I don’t live in Scotland. How long before the ‘do gooders’ in the rest of the UK think this is a good thing and we end up in a N.Korean type state? Having previously suffered at the hands of (paranoid) Social Services I can foresee a lot of sadness & pain coming out of this. In the end the children will suffer the most out of this.

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  8. Anon
    12th March 2014

    The SNP’s lies that “no families in the highland area” have complained about GIRFEC beggars belief. THEY ARE LIARS, NOT TO BE TRUSTED.

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    • Cassie
      23rd March 2015

      You could just shorten that to “The SNP lies”, to be honest.

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  9. alex
    22nd April 2014

    Is there no where to bring up your children free from interfering people.Can see why home schooling is getting big.
    I just moved to Scotland last year looks like its time to move again.

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  10. James Keran
    10th June 2014

    Will these guardians be paid.

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    • Cassie
      23rd March 2015

      They’ll be social workers, teachers, members of the Police, Nurses, and so on.

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  11. Alison Mary Fitt
    19th April 2015

    But will these social workers, teachers, etc- be paid extra for being one of these state guardians? Teachers have enough on their plates with out extra work policing a child, or more than one child. I am sure they won’t do it out of the goodness of their heart. Although my children are now grown up, I am still furiously angry at such a dictatorial scheme, and even angrier that parents cannot have the choice of opting out of it.

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