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    Data theft and the Named Person latest

    Thursday, 10th April 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    Like ‘terrorism’, ‘child protection’ has long been used by control freak governments of all political persuasions as an emotive excuse to justify the abuse of citizens’ human rights and the breaching of data protection safeguards. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act is one such example of Trojan Horse legislation, based on policy based ‘evidence’ and backed by Pinocchio PR. It was rushed through the Scottish Parliament by the present government because it suited vested interests and, despite being a New Labour construct, they are apparently “all in it together”.   The state funded cheerleading children’s charities, shamelessly begging for a bigger…

    Call off the GIRFEC engagement to stop unwanted SHANARRI advances

    Tuesday, 1st April 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Schoolhouse

    According to the Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell, whom we quote verbatim, “the parent is under no obligation to engage with the named person or the service offered” when it comes to dealing with the SHANARRI army of box ticking state guardians who have been parachuted, uninvited, into the lives of every family in Scotland.   These data gathering drones are tasked to ensure, by fair means or foul, that every child in Scotland has every life, including pre-life, event and activity recorded by every ‘professional’ with whom they have contact, details of which may be accessed by any other so-called service if…

    Introducing the T Team

    Sunday, 16th March 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Schoolhouse

    It has long been a source of frustration to home educators and prospective home educators that accurate information is not being made easily and routinely available to them by local authorities. Many councils have no information on their websites, others have it so deeply buried as to render it invisible, and some even publish inaccurate information which can seriously mislead parents about the law relating to education outwith school.   Equally frustrating is ‘vanishing link syndrome’, whereby previously working links to information on home education simply disappear without notice and without redirects being put in place. Subsequent site searches may come up…

    Bought and sold for GIRFEC gold

    Saturday, 8th March 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    Now that the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill has been passed (pending royal assent) all the usual suspects in the public and third sectors are celebrating their state sanctioned status as nosy parker Named Persons with powers to interfere in private family life. How long will it be before they fully appreciate the implications of selling out the families they are supposed to serve for GIRFEC gold?   As we and others have long been at pains to point out, data theft and citizen surveillance is what this Big Brother Scotland Bill is all about and the more accurate definition of…

    Schoolhouse urges Secretary of State to invoke Scotland Act powers

    Wednesday, 19th February 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    Following the passage of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, Schoolhouse has written to the Secretary of State for Scotland requesting that he refer the legislation to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council under Section 35 of the Scotland Act. We are aware that we are not alone in urging this course of action in the light of legal opinion from senior counsel and advice from a constitutional law expert.   We have reproduced in full the text of our letter to the Secretary of State for the elucidation of those who may still be unaware of, or who have…

    A salutory lesson from the Isle of Man as MSPs prepare to abolish every child’s right to privacy

    Wednesday, 19th February 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

    We are indebted to Tristram Llewellyn-Jones from the Isle of Man for once again exposing the pitfalls in the information sharing and named person provisions contained in the Children and Young People Bill due to be passed at Holyrood today. Ever since the Bill was introduced, most MSPs have consistently failed to comprehend the concerns highlighted by parents, lawyers, social work experts and others, preferring to listen to those with a vested financial  interest in providing services to families, whether or not they want or need them. Astonishingly, some MSPs are still claiming the Bill is about protecting the most…

    Braveheart gives way to Graveheart

    Tuesday, 18th February 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

    We have been receiving requests for information and messages of support from organisations and individuals across the globe who share our concerns about the non consensual data sharing and named person aspects of the Children and Young People Bill which is about to be voted through the Scottish Parliament and which we have opposed from the outset.   International correspondents have expressed dismay at “watching Scotland slide into totalitarianism” and some have urged families with children to “get out while you can”. One suggested that Braveheart had given way to Graveheart – far too good a soundbite not to share!   Since we have…

    Freedom dumped in favour of glory, riches and honours for the few?

    Tuesday, 18th February 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

    This letter from a Schoolhouse member to MSPs, urging rejection of the data mining and named person provisions within the Children and Young People Bill which is expected to be nodded through at Holyrood tomorrow, is reproduced below with the author’s permission. It does not necessarily reflect the views of Schoolhouse, but judging by their comments, the 2790 people who have now signed our petition would appear to concur with its sentiments.   Dear  MSP   Re: CHYP Bill / Graveheart Since we both know that my raising concerns with you is almost as pointless an exercise as bothering to vote in elections, I won’t…

    The lawyers can’t all be wrong

    Sunday, 26th January 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy

    Further to our recent post Legal advice we are happy to share, unlike the Scottish Government, the Christian Institute has published details of the legal opinion it recently obtained from Aidan O’Neill QC on the most contentious provisions within the Children and Young People Bill.   As reported in a news article on the charity’s website:   QC Aidan O’Neill said the SNP’s plans amounted to “unjustified interference” and may fail to protect people from “arbitrary and oppressive” governmental powers.   What is “startling” about the proposal “is that it appears to be predicated on the idea that the proper primary relationship that children will have for their…

    The Big Lie lives on at public expense

    Wednesday, 15th January 2014 | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media

    East Renfrewshire Council came to our attention this week when a home educating parent spotted this claim being touted in her local newspaper, the East Kilbride News, and on a local news website:   “Children must be registered at their local catchment primary, even if parents intend to make a placing request, defer the place for a year, educate them privately, or teach them at home.” Spot the glaring errors?   Concerned that members of the public were being misled, we contacted the local news website where the offending statement had first been noticed and which had published it verbatim and in good faith from…