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September 2014

The Christian Institute (CI) has launched legal action against the Scottish government’s implementation of the Named Person regime, which is being rolled out across the country.

Together with other concerned organisations, the CI has challenged the plans, which mean a state guardian will be appointed to every child between birth and 18 years old.

Under the Scottish government’s plans, the named person will be able to share confidential information, such as medical records, with a range of public authorities, without the parents’ consent.

The Named Person scheme is set to be rolled out across the whole of Scotland by 2016, but is already operating in some areas.

According to the campaign group, under the title ‘No to the Named Person (No2NP)’, the scheme will result in resources being overstretched, depriving families who actually want them and at risk children who really need them.

It can also pose serious problems for parents whose children may have vulnerabilities, such as autism or Aspergers, and who need to be under the care of their parents as the primary care givers.

The legal papers opposing the plans were lodged by the Christian Institute, Tymes (The Young ME Sufferers) Trust and Family Education Trust. A series of roadshows, as part of the No2NP campaign, will be held by CARE in Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness.

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