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    Posts Tagged ‘children and young people bill’

    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…

    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…

    Legal advice we are happy to share, unlike like the Scottish Government

    Monday, 13th January 2014 | Home Ed in the News, Law & Policy, Media, Schoolhouse

    Despite requests from MSPs and members of the public, the Scottish Government is still refusing to publish its legal advice on the most contentious aspects of its Children and Young People Bill, currently making its weary way through the Scottish Parliament. Given the parliamentary arithmetic, whereby the government can steamroller through what it likes and is showing every sign of doing so in this case, it is unlikely that any appeal to common decency will persuade “those who know best for everyone else” to  abandon the convenience of opacity in favour of transparency.   So far, all amendments seeking to curb unwarranted…

    Schoolhouse written evidence submitted to the Education & Culture Committee

    Friday, 26th July 2013 | Home Ed in the News, Law & Policy, Media

    Schoolhouse has responded to the call for evidence by the Education and Culture Committee on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill which is currently proceeding through the Scottish Parliament.   Given (a) the unwillingness of the Minister to acknowledge the seriousness and legitimacy of the concens we (and others) have continued to express about the implementation of GIRFEC by overzealous ‘professionals’; (b) the highly questionable ‘advice’ issued by the Assistant Information Commissioner; and (c) the inability of a significant number of ‘broken record’, template reponse MSPs to grasp that this legislation is not about protecting “the most vulnerable weans” (where’s the V…

    There’s no V (for vulnerable) in GIRFEC

    Wednesday, 5th June 2013 | Home Ed in the News, Law & Policy, Schoolhouse

    Thank you to everyone who has supported our petition which has now gathered 1165 signatures over the past month from those who do not believe the Scottish Parliament has the right, or legislative competence, to introduce what amounts to a national identity register via a Trojan horse Bill cleverly disguised in child protection clothing.   The mainstream and social media have been picking up on those aspects of the Children and Young People Bill that we have highlighted as being in breach of Article 8, the UK Data Protection Act and a specific EU Data Protection Directive, the unilateral departure from…

    Schoolhouse petition to reject GIRFEC surveillance and a named person for every child in Scotland

    Saturday, 4th May 2013 | Home Ed in the News, Law & Policy, Media, Schoolhouse

    Further to the concerns outlined in our previous article and an unprecedented level of interest in the far-reaching implications of key proposals within the Children and Young People Bill, Schoolhouse has created an online petition via the Change.org website in which it calls upon every Member of the Scottish Parliament to ‘get it right’ and reject GIRFEC surveillance and a named person for every child in Scotland.   Quote: “The Children and Young People Bill is a Trojan horse piece of legislation which seeks to undermine parents, abolish the right to family privacy and confidentiality, including medical confidentiality, since all records are to be…

    Children and Young People Bill ‘gets it wrong’ and heralds a new totalitarian Scotland

    Tuesday, 30th April 2013 | Home Ed in the News, Law & Policy, Schoolhouse

    The introduction to the Scottish Parliament of the Children and Young People (aka CHYP & PIN) Bill earlier this month has been accompanied by a predictable fanfare of what can only be described (by those of us who have done our ‘joined up’ homework over the past decade and more) as propaganda designed to fool the sheeple. For those not yet up to speed with the incontrovertible facts, the Bill’s principal aim is not to protect the rights of children and young people, nor is it to ensure the safety of those at greatest risk of significant harm; rather, it is…

    Flexischooling in England: what Balls giveth, Gove taketh away

    Tuesday, 19th March 2013 | Home Ed in the News, Law & Policy

    We will preface this post with the statement that flexi-schooling or part-time schooling is not the same as elective home education, which involves taking full-time responsibility for the education of your own children during the compulsory years.   However, since it has always been Schoolhouse’s view that all parents are essentially ‘home educators’, even if they send their children to school for some of the time, the practice of flexi-schooling remains of interest to the full time home educating community. Indeed a few of our members have negotiated successful part time arrangements with schools, and the possibility is mentioned in the Scottish statutory guidance on…

    Perth & Kinross Council: Getting It Wrong Again

    Saturday, 2nd March 2013 | Home Ed in the News, Law & Policy, Research, Schoolhouse

    Following on from our recent post, Hidden from whom? The ongoing stigmatisation of home educators, we have received a breathtakingly arrogant response to our FOI request from Perth and Kinross Council, whose Child Protection Committee has sunk to NSPCC levels in disseminating deliberate falsehoods about home education. We are angry on behalf of home educators, whose lives these Pinocchio people seek to disrupt, and, in particular, on behalf of home educated children who have already suffered abuse in the community as a result of  deliberate demonisation by irresponsible ‘protection’ racketeers.   Before we fisk the spin, it’s worth taking a look at Perth…

    Non-Confidential Responses to Children and Young People Bill

    Tuesday, 30th October 2012 | Home Ed in the News, Law & Policy, Schoolhouse

    Non-confidential responses to the consultation on the proposed Children and Young People Bill are now on the Scottish Government’s website. View them here.   This bit caught our eye:   Please note that some consultation responses have been partially redacted due to potentially defamatory / confidential content. The full responses were considered in the consultation exercise.   On the matter of Engagement on the Bill, the government has given itself a big pat on the back for having ‘engaged’ with both children and young people and stakeholders and partners – not at the same time, of course, which is entirely in keeping with the artificially contrived…