Named Person, a human rights issue? Battle of Ideas/GCU Debate

Thu 22 Sep at 18:45,


Glasgow

Named Person, a human rights issue? Battle of Ideas/GCU Debate



Named Person, a human rights issue? Battle of Ideas/GCU Debate

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 at 18:45


Glasgow, United Kingdom


Free



Named Person, a human rights issue? Battle of Ideas/GCU Debate

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 at 18:45


Glasgow, United Kingdom


Free

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Event Description

While the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 passed
through the Scottish Parliament with relative ease, the ‘named person’
provision contained within it has proven highly contentious. Critics
argue that the idea of a named, state-appointed guardian taking
responsibility for the welfare of each and every child in Scotland
undermines the family. The effect, it is argued, is to substitute
bureaucratic accountability for the natural and spontaneous bond between
parent and child. Shouldn’t the default assumption be that the named
person responsible for a child is ‘Mum’, ‘Dad’ or ‘Nana’ etc, with
professionals stepping in only when it is clear that loving family ties
are absent or seriously dysfunctional? Indeed, in July, the UK Supreme
Court passed a judgment requiring the Scottish government to redraft
certain aspects of the legislation the court said breached Article 8 of
the European Convention on Human Rights (on the right to a private and
family life) and raising concerns about the changing relationship
between the state and families. Nevertheless, the judgement seemed to
contradict itself, describing the Act in itself as ‘unquestionably
legitimate and benign’.

Few would disagree that the state must act to prevent or stop child
abuse and neglect. But is it just a case of finding the right balance,
or has the contemporary state – exemplified by the Scottish government
and the ‘named person’ law – fundamentally overstepped the boundary and
lost sight of the importance of the private sphere? How far should the
state be able to encroach on family life? Should child safety trump
privacy? And ultimately, what factors should determine the line between a
modern state and its citizenry?

Come and participate in the debate along with our guest speakers:

Martin Crewe (Barnardos Scotland)
Mary Glasgow (Children 1st)
Dr Stuart Waiton (Abertay University)
McKendrick, David (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Professor Adam Tomkins MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament)
The debate will be chaired by Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas.
The event is orgainsed by Battle of Ideas http://ift.tt/PKAU1R and The MSc Citizenship and Human Rights, Glasgow Caledonian University http://ift.tt/2c2MSFj
When

Thursday, 22 September 2016 from 18:45 to 21:00 (BST)

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Where
Deeprose Lecture Theatre – Glasgow Caledonian University Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA
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