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Offline Raphaela

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Abominable Child Surveillance Plan in Scotland
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:11:07 AM »
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  • From Ignis Ardens

    "Thanks to Anthony Fraser's APROPOS blog here:

    "I found this petition which, it appears, can be signed by people in England and abroad. For a small donation (£3+) you can help the organisers distribute the petition more widely."


    Anthony Fraser (son of Hamish Fraser RIP of Approaches) writes:

    "An Apropos reader has drawn our attention to a petition concerning legislation currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament and which derives in great part from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child."Our reader writes:

    "'I would urge you to please consider signing the following petition against the surveillance of children in Scotland under the guise of 'child protection' in The Children and Young People Bill. If passed this bill will enable the unprecedented intrusion of the State into the home. This [petition] is from the Scottish homeschooling body Schoolhouse.

    "Known as GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child), it is already being used, and in some cases abused, by professionals within universal services and other agencies who have been routinely gathering, storing, assessing and sharing sensitive personal data on every child and every associated adult without express informed consent and in the absence of any enabling statutory framework.

    "Disguised as a child protection measure but nothing of the kind, GIRFEC has spawned a series of 'wellbeing' indicators known as SHANARRI which represent a universal prescription for a state approved childhood. It has essentially shifted the threshold for intervention in family life on child 'protection' grounds from "at risk of significant harm" to "at risk of not meeting state dictated 'wellbeing' outcomes".

    "Every parent in Scotland is now routinely assessed on his/her "parental capacity to provide wellbeing", based on government defined criteria which, according to its own 'National Risk Framework to Support the Assessment of Children and Young People' ( places every child under five, and most older children and young people, in the 'vulnerable' category (thus liable to 'early intervention').

    "The Bill further seeks to impose a 'named person' on every child in Scotland (whose function, it is specifically stated, may not be undertaken by the child or young person’s parent), which is a gross intrusion into family life and completely unwarranted on a universal basis. The fact that every child will be subject to this intrusion by a stranger without opt-out, regardless of his or her wishes (or those of his or her parents in the case of a young child) renders it a disproportionate measure in that most children have no need of state 'intervention', compulsory or otherwise, in their family lives."

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    Abominable Child Surveillance Plan in Scotland
    « Reply #1 on: August 13, 2013, 09:08:57 AM »
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  • HSLDA has a report about it too:

    Here is the recommended email to contact Parliament:

    Stand with Scottish homeschoolers;
    Email the Scottish Parliament

    Please take a few minutes to contact the Education and Culture Committee and express your concerns about the bill’s provisions that will assign a social worker to monitor every child in Scotland. Please use the template below or send a message in your own words. All written evidence against the bill must be submitted by Friday, July 26.

    Email address:

    Dear Members of the Education and Culture Committee:

    1.   I am writing to express my strong opposition to Part IV, the “Provision of Named Persons,” of the Children and Young People Bill. This bill proposes a massive invasion of every family and transfers the authority and the rights of parents to government monitors. Parents are the ones who act in the best interests of their children. Please reject all measures contained in the Children and Young People Bill that directly oppose the rights of parents protected in international law. Specifically,

    a. The “named person” should be an opt in/opt out service, not mandatory.

    b. Personal data should never be gathered or shared without consent, as it breaches both the UK Data Protection Act and Article 8 of the ECHR. There must be a child protection concern to necessitate sharing this data, not merely a “wellbeing” concern which falls short of the data protection sharing threshold.

    c. The proposals will result in many families actively avoiding contact with services.

    d. There is a need for legal redress to be available against any professional who “gets it wrong” for a child.

    2.   It is my understanding from the Schoolhouse Home Education Association that officials are already implementing policy related to the named person provision, resulting in a number families in Scotland experiencing issues related to this bill. Families have been hounded by professionals who refuse to go away, interfere into family life without legitimate reasons, and seek to mislead families about their parenting choices. Parents’ rights will continue to be damaged if the bill is passed and fully implemented.

    3.   Please act to protect the fundamental human right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and reject the Children and Young People Bill.

    4.   Ultimately this bill appears to be motivated by a philosophy that is at odds with those that undergird a free society. Specifically, the notions that government should be limited and only intervene when necessary or provided for under objective standards, that a free people are competent to raise their own children without interference or uninvited “help” from government bureaucrats, that information about children should be protected and only shared when written consent is given by parents or legal guardians. And finally, that in a free society the rights of families and the irreplaceable relationship between parents and children must be protected and respected. The proposed Scottish legislation turns the notion that parents are responsible for their children on its head and basically says that parents can't be trusted-only government can.

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    Abominable Child Surveillance Plan in Scotland
    « Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 12:39:55 PM »
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  • Well, cross Scotland off of my list of places to visit.
     St. Francis Xavier threw a Crucifix into the sea, at once calming the waves.  Upon reaching the shore, the Crucifix was returned to him by a crab with a curious cross pattern on its shell.  

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