AND SO IT BEGINS

Named guardian legal bid to start

Health visitor with mother and baby The Scottish government wants to create 500 new health visitor posts by 2018, as part of its plans

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A legal challenge to the Scottish government’s plan to appoint named guardians for every child in the country is to be heard.

The £50,000 legal case is being funded by public donations from those opposed to the plan.

The No To Named Persons (NO2NP) campaign group claims MSPs have exceeded their powers.

The Scottish government has argued that the proposals would help vulnerable children and families in need.

The Judicial Review by Lord Pentland will be heard at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. It is expected to last four days.

It will examine the measures contained in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, which assign a “named person”, such as a teacher or health visitor, to look out for the welfare of every child under 18.
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The legal challenge is being led by NO2NP, which includes the Christian Institute (CI), the Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education), the Family Education Trust and Tymes (The Young ME Sufferers) Trust with the support of academics and individual parents.

Donations to fund the case have been made from more than 70 different sources.

NO2NP’s legal team will claim ministers have breached data protection laws and the human rights of Scottish parents to a private family life.

Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, said: “This is all about the fight to save families. Enormous issues are at stake.

“What could be more important than the rights of mums and dads to bring up their children how they see fit, not being dictated to by the heavy-hand of meddling and interfering politicians and their army of taxpayer funded state monitors?”

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