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    No 2 Named Person conference: the family fights back

    13th May 2014 | Events & Activities | Home Ed in the News | Law & Policy | Media | Schoolhouse

    As the Christian Institute prepares to launch a judicial review of the anti-family ‘named person’ and data theft provisions contained in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, with legal papers expected to be lodged by the end of June, all those who are concerned about the implications of this odious Trojan horse piece of legislation are being invited to attend a conference at the Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh on 9th June.


    Organised by Dr Stuart Waiton of Abertay University, who has contributed numerous articles and papers during and since the passage of the CHYP Act and is an outspoken critic of unwarranted state interference in family life, it will seek to raise public awareness of how the illiberal legislation is already being used to create a climate of fear and disempower families, most especially those whose parenting choices do not accord with the state dictated, tick box defined template. That would be all of us.


    Watch Stuart’s intro video and register here.



    Welcoming the opportunity for an honest debate and discussion after years of disinformation by the government and its vested interest cheerleaders, a Schoolhouse spokesperson commented:


    “Schoolhouse is not alone in deploring the deceitful tactics employed by the Scottish Government to force through its ‘early interference’ agenda (originally proposed by a previous Labour led administration), disguised in child protection clothing and deliberately missold in order to fool the masses, including teachers and health workers who have now all been effectively demoted to the status of state snitches.

    “Popular support for our petition to reject GIRFEC surveillance and a Named Person for every child in Scotland demonstrates that it is deeply concerning to many thousands of parents in Scotland that their government and parliament should sweep aside the protections afforded by both Article 8 and the Data Protection Act in such a wanton, cavalier fashion without any meaningful debate.

    “Along with many other individuals and groups, Schoolhouse fully supports the Christian Institute in its challenge to this shameful piece of  legislation, which has no place in a free society, and we will not co-operate with state appointed oppressors and bullies whose job descriptions include contempt for children’s rights and the undermining of families by tick box.


    “With no tempering second chamber, power and control have become the dominant characteristics in Scottish politics and it is therefore up to us, the sovereign people of Scotland, to resist such totalitarian policies no matter how they are spun. As one home educator put it, ‘why should we be forced into buying wheelchairs from the sort of people who just broke our legs?’”


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    1. J says:

      I sure hope that this legal challenge is not only accepted but upheld as there has been far too many over zealous reactions to family circumstances already, PARTICULARLY in the allegedly “complaint free” (according to Bill Alexander, HC’s director of social work) highland area.

      This legislation is grossly inhumane battering ram used against perfectly innocent families with no right of appeal or ability to challenge the decisions taken. This is not only incompatible with Article 8 human rights act but also impedes on the rights of the children that this legislation is purported to “protect”. Write to your MSP – telling them how disgusted you are and pass this petition on. People power MUST defeat this!

    2. alisonp says:

      Bizarrely, a motley selection of GIRFEC evangelists (all of whom will benefit from data stealing and surveillance on behalf of the govt) are being shipped to London (presumably at taxpayers’ expense) to discuss Scottish children’s services. See

      Two thoughts immediately spring to mind:
      “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on” – Winston Churchill
      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it” – Joseph Goebbels

    3. Bian says:

      Lets not beat around the bush here, we are well past the thin end and the wedge is getting steadily wider. This is big brother on steroids and heading towards greater fascism within the state. All teachers should oppose this and if their unions do not come out strongly against this insidious infringement of civil liberties freedoms and rights…then that would be very telling indeed!
      I do not have kids but I will strongly oppose anything whatsoever proposed by these cultural marxist crackpots, because if we do not…hell mend us!

    4. Donna mackie says:

      Regarding the news that the possible London conference is now possibly going to be held in Edinburgh at an undisclosed venue( rather reminiscent of an illegal 1980s underground rave) how pathetic,
      Just have to say , having read through the link, what a lot of wordy nonsense.
      A hugely expensive day out of the office for a crowd of self congratulating nonentities who have never done a sensible day of work in their working lives.
      Lots of hot air and empty words which will help no one. A jUNKET OF FOOLS. All patting themselves and each other on the back and promising to network over a plate of expensive butties and expense account journeys paid for by us , the parents of victims and future victims.

    5. Ruby8 says:

      Is anyone going to ask Holyrood the question ‘ is the conference a good use of public money?
      Transparency ?
      100 delegates at £350-£550 each for one day (10 am to 4pm) = £35000- £55000
      Are the speakers ,(mainly public servants and receiving huge wages ) being paid out of the public purse a second time a huge amount . Or are they serving caviar ?
      Or could it be that capita is making a scandalous profit with the blessing of the Scottish government ?

    6. Ruby8 says:

      Re J comment.
      I can personally vouch for,making complaint to everyone in the highland Council. Both using their own complaints procedure and directly to individuals from the bottom to the top !
      I en
      Isted the help of charities, government funded bodies and specialist lawyers.
      I was ignored at every level and by every means !
      Finally asking for a meeting to debrief and share my experiences for the good of the fiuture service, again I was denied. No one wanted to hear failings and learn from them as apaprently everything was perfect !
      I am still outraged by the reaction of the education managers – after my son left school I informed them that we alsmost lost him due to the despair he experienced by the way he was treated and let down by the eduaction sytem. The only reaction was an internal email between managers informing them to make sure they have a robust defence in place . The care an concern for the young person exhibited by the role model for GIRFEC and named person

    7. alisonp says:

      ‘No to Named Persons’ conference flyer is available for download:
      Please share widely and come along to this free event if you are able.

    8. Peter Little says:

      I wish to attend this conference . Is it by invitation? How do I get an invite.

    9. Peter Little says:

      Can I attend???

    10. alisonp says:

      You can register at the link in the post above or can simply turn up on Monday at 10 for 10.30am as there should be space. It’s free of charge.