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October 2018
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Family – Named Person threat still real

Campaigners who fought against the controversial Named Person scheme in Scotland have raised the alarm over documents showing the Scottish government has a ‘plan B’ if legislators block the proposals for the state guardian programme. According to The Christian Institute, which together with other groups brought a successful court case against the Scottish government, forcing it to present a new, watered-down version of the bill, the Named Person scheme could still be brought in via the back door. Ministers had been forced to rewrite their plans after the UK Supreme Court ruled that key parts of the proposal were illegal. Under the original plans, every...

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September 2018
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Family – Welsh smacking ban ‘a priority’

The Welsh First Minister says banning smacking in Wales will be one of his top priorities during his final months in office. Carwyn Jones will step down as First Minister in December, but in his annual statement he outlined plans for new laws he wants the Welsh Assembly to pass in the next year. The campaign group Be Reasonable is opposing the plans. Spokeswoman Lowri Turner called the Welsh Government’s latest push ‘tragic’. She said, ‘The tragedy is that in the name of protecting children the Welsh Government is actually going to put children in more danger.  Social workers who should be looking for at...

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September 2018
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Family – Overriding parental consent

Local authorities in Scotland have been caught out telling teachers to override parental consent by default. An instructional video — which was swiftly been removed after it came to light — told teachers to act this way because ‘otherwise you’ll have to show you obtained parent and child consent’. Alison Preuss, of the Scottish Home Education Forum, said she was left ‘utterly dumbfounded’ by the video. She said: ‘I could not believe what I was seeing. You cannot do that and be compliant with data protection and human rights laws.’ The Scottish government has been trying to introduce a ‘named person’ scheme, where every child...

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September 2018
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Family – Boost for anti-Named Person campaign

The President of the UK Supreme Court has said The Christian Institute’s landmark victory against the Scottish Government’s Named Person scheme is a ‘most important’ case. Speaking earlier this year about devolution, Baroness Hale considered the potential for devolved assemblies to pass laws outside their powers. In addressing that issue she highlighted the 2017 Scotch Whisky Association case, where legislation providing for minimum unit pricing of off-sales of alcohol was said to be inconsistent with EU law. Scottish ministers brought in the minimum pricing; the Scottish Whisky Association brought the case against this. However, last November, the Supreme Court decided that the 2012 Act does...

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