Monday, 9 June 2014
GIRFEC and the CHYP Act - Shades of 1984?
video courtesy of The Schoolhouse
For some considerable time I’ve argued against the Scottish Government’s GIRFEC package and in particular the ‘named person’ and data theft provisions contained in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act.
It was sold as a scheme to protect the most vulnerable children through ‘early intervention’, but in truth it is a data-collecting machine which is already collecting and sharing information about every single child in Scotland, including personal details of every adult connected with the child.
All legislation passed by the Scottish Government must be human rights compliant, but it appears at doesn’t matter at Holyrood. We already have The Children’s Act 1995 which, if implemented correctly, would benefit vulnerable children.
The state seems to be fancying itself as better at parenting than families. The state makes lousy parents - taking children into care, moving them from pillar to post and then abandoning them at 16 or 17 regardless of their ‘wellbeing’.
This new law is an attempt to legalise the data mining of the Scottish population and must be stopped. Such a totalitarian approach is highly dangerous to Scotland’s population.
Thankfully, people with power are now challenging the Scottish Government and today all those who are concerned about the implications of this legislation are being invited to attend a conference at the Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh. It is organised by Dr Stuart Waiton of Abertay University who has contributed numerous articles and papers during the passage of the CHYP Act.
The seriousness of this nasty piece of legislation has not been lost on one of the UK’s top bloggers. Cranmer has taken up the gauntlet and has a revealing video on his post as well as some very angry commenters concerned that England will be next in line.
It’s with hope in my heart that all parents become aware of how family life is being threatened. Bit by bit over the years politicians have undermined the role of parents. Surely the time has come for politicians to start encouraging parents to live together rather than apart by amending taxation.
I wish those connected with challenging this law every success.