Review the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act...give parents back our freedoms!
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The vast majority do not want or need this state interference...it is a clear violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 8. which states; "1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. 2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others." It is also very concerning that the named person would be handed our children's medical records for simply taking the position, regardless of whether there is cause for concern or extra support at this moment in time. Teachers do not NEED nor do they have any right to private medical details on our children! Unfortunately for some children this may well be a good idea, but to tar every child in the country as similarly at risk, is at the very least an insult to all good parents which are in the majority. Resources should be concentrated on these minority and not diluted over the entire population. Exactly how much power do these people have when it comes to important parenting decisions? With parental consent you can get married or join the army at 16...will you also need the named persons consent? With parental consent a young person may have a glass of wine with dinner, or at a wedding...will the named person need consulted first? At 16 and 17 you are allowed to vote now, but still require an extra guardian until 18?! And now we learn they want to start these powers before the child is even born! Assigning the named person when a woman is aprox 7 months pregnant, even going so far as to say that the named person could play a “lead role” in drawing up ante-natal support. The biggest question however is what will happen when the named person and the parent disagree on what is best for the child's welfare? Who will have the final say? Parents should not have to become spectators in the upbringing of their children, ever afraid of making a decision they fear won't go down well with the named person and therefore have them deemed an unfit parent. Teachers are concerned about how this will affect their already overstretched workload, the health service is already over stretched financially and the vast majority of voters are unhappy. This legislation is directed at protecting vulnerable children and young people and should be readdressed to focus on those who need it and allow those who don't the security of their freedoms to their family life.
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