Over the next few weeks I’m going to run a series of blog posts about Named Person. Although the Supreme Court ruled the data sharing element illegal (which makes the whole scheme toothless), the Scottish government are rabid in their attempts to get the Named Person back on track. I’ve too much information to fit into one blog entry as this one has already become a monster. All those contributing will be kept anonymous for a variety of reasons. You don’t have to believe their stories but I would recommend everyone in Scotland with a child finds out what their Named Person/Local Authority holds on them (yes you may already have a Named Person and your data may have been illegally shared). This is how to go about obtaining the personal data of both yourself and your child:
Unfortunately the right wing press I wouldn't usually touch with a barge pole were the only ones covering Named Person in any detail until recently.
I have to confess to being a hypocrite because I know my information isn’t good and I’m not sure I want to read it. I’m a home educator with Fibromyalgia. Both are big targets for my local authority which treats both my chosen lifestyle and medical condition with suspicion. During a complaints meeting the social worker taking down my issues compared, in front of a local councillor, my Fibromyalgia to an alcohol or drug addiction four times. All I can say is send me to rehab, baby, and I’ll kick the habit! All the time and money spent needlessly on my family could have gone into something that really helped abused children.
As a parent of three children under fourteen I find Scotland a concerning place to raise them. However, this is my home and has been for over twenty-five years. The beaches are wonderful, my husband has a good job and we have a decent lifestyle. I don’t want to uproot my children and I’d rather fight for their rights.
Disclaimers based on the accusations thrown at me most frequently by the proponents of the scheme:
As Tallulah on my Facebook page said much better than I could: When you are making assumptions about who pushed against the Named Person (data sharing aspect), remember that not all of us had the money to pursue legal means -- the legal action cost £300,000. Some of us could only lend moral support to those who had the means to do it. Don't make assumptions about all those who lent support because of the nature of the actual pursuers (Christian Institute and others). The force in support of the challenge was a very diverse bundle of people concerned about human rights and the spreading thinly of precious resources in child protection. I'm only saying this as I've been called a 'God botherer' and 'extreme Christian' who only wishes to 'own their children' and 'indoctrinate' them. Nothing could be further from my truth. People do like to make massive assumptions though.
And there is the nub of it. As I understand it in Scotland we cannot take out a class action lawsuit like they can in England. Being from Liverpool, I hope this issue is handled like Hillsborough but doesn’t take until my children are middle aged to yield similar results. We definitely need an independent public enquiry. Opening this up and asking questions may well provide us with a much better child protection system and more children saved. It may even find ways to reduce the suspicion in which the state is viewed.
Our younger generation are having a harder time than at any time previous. Houses are difficult and expensive to come by, higher education is an expense that my generation didn’t have and none of them are looking forward to a state pension. A child in abusive relationship with their parents has a very bleak outlook and a difficult time escaping well into adulthood.
With every other minority group we give them rights to protect them, so why are the SNP and the Scottish Greens so hell bent on removing the rights that children currently have?
Banana-Bug is a teenage girl. At present she can go to the doctors for help without even me being told, but if Named Person in its full intended version had gone ahead she would no longer have that privacy. That’s a right the Scottish Government wanted to take from her. Worse still if she goes on contraception a man she finds creepy and who went out of his way to destroy her confidence will now be told. Why does he even need to know if she gets pregnant? She should still have the right to refuse that information being shared with him.
Named persons were described as head gardeners over the parents. Well I think a child should have the right to sack any gardener working for them.
Think back to your own school days… all your guidance and head teachers.
We’ve all known of teachers even guidance and headteachers who were awful, who made us feel uncomfortable or who we plain didn’t get on with. Think of that teacher – would you want them knowing sensitive information about you that they had no right to know? I had a couple I wouldn’t want knowing if I went on the pill.
What about this woman:
That woman was being trained to tell your child that she was their confidante and that they didn’t have to tell Mummy and Daddy anything they discussed.
Parents need rights in place to protect their children from interference from the state because it has a track record in causing harm in many cases. It provides a check and balance just like when the state can take a child in danger from a parent.
The Scottish Government would have been better putting the millions they have ploughed into this scheme (not to mention the cost of a court case) into schemes that do help abused children. Give those children empowerment, increase their rights to move away from home and shelters they can just walk into, allow bullied children to just leave school with their parent’s support, give parents greater rights to speak up for their children against state interference…. Youth Cafes, children's clubs, breakfast clubs etc provide children safe environments to go and get food. Instead council cuts are having to be made to pay for a scheme that doesn’t work.
Isobel Gaudie, another one who would be surprised to be called a right-wing god-botherer, also from my Facebook page said:"The SNP needs to stop the arrogance and accept these plans were wrong. Until it does, nobody can trust this Scottish government any more to put the best interests of families before its own political ends."
The Kimlin Family