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Public inquiry into GIRFEC human rights impact: parliamentary petition update

The Scottish Parliament’s Education & Skills Committee is due to reconsider petition PEO1692 for an independent public inquiry into the human rights impact of GIRFEC policy in the coming weeks.

In order to inform the committee’s further deliberations, joint petitioners Alison Preuss (on behalf of the Scottish Home Education Forum) and Lesley Scott (on behalf of Tymes Trust) have sent the following submission in response to the latest correspondence received by the Convener from Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney (dated 22 August 2019) and Dr Ken Macdonald, Head of ICO Regions (8 July 2019):  […]

By |October 30th, 2019|Civil Liberties, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Scottish Home Education Forum’s response to UNCRC incorporation consultation

The Scottish Government’s consultation on incorporating the UNCRC into Scots domestic law closed on 28 August 2019.

The consultation paper can be read here.

The Scottish Home Education Forum response can be read here.

Two of our forum representatives accepted an invitation to meet with members of the government team to discuss the consultation paper and share our views on proposed incorporation. We had presumed it was just another token gesture to tick the ‘seldom heard’ stakeholders box, especially given the patronising tenor of social media comments from the right-on brigade (all paid handsomely to promote the government’s GIRFEC policy that is anything but respectful of children’s rights). We were therefore pleasantly surprised by the productive discussion that took place.  […]

By |August 30th, 2019|Civil Liberties, Education, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Survey report: Home educators’ experiences of the health visiting service in Scotland

The Scottish Home Education Forum invited home educating families to share their experiences of the health visiting service in Scotland after observing a steady increase in members’ reporting of concerns about engagements with health visitors, both via direct enquiries and in our members’ forum. These concerns, which were also being raised in local groups, predominantly focused on the quality and accuracy of information and advice offered in relation to childcare, nursery and school options for children, and the lack of openness regarding the voluntary nature of the heath visiting service.

Read the full report:

Home educators’ experiences of the health visiting service in Scotland [pdf download]
Home educators’ experience of the health visiting service in Scotland [MS Word]  […]

By |June 23rd, 2019|Civil Liberties, Education, Family, Health, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Legal opinion: Isle of Man home education proposals breach human rights

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, a legal opinion has been obtained on proposed legislation in the Isle of Man that would substantially interfere with the human rights of home educating families.

It can be accessed here

Douglas-based counsel at Quinn Legal has concluded that:
“…as drafted, the Key Proposals set out above do not comply with Article […]

By |March 30th, 2019|Civil Liberties, Education, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Scottish government heaps blame on to ICO for GIRFEC data sharing shambles

The Scottish government has failed to address key concerns about the implementation of its getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) policy and allied named person scheme, joint petitioners have stated in a written submission to MSPs in support of their call for a public inquiry into the human rights impact of the data-driven regime.

Lesley Scott of Tymes […]

By |September 27th, 2018|Civil Liberties, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Scots parents petition parliament for public inquiry into ‘illegal’ data sharing

Joint petitioners to the Scottish Parliament are calling for a public inquiry into the human rights impact of the government’s getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) policy and allied named person scheme, which they say has unleashed an illegal data-sharing regime that has infringed family privacy and led to a breakdown in trust in […]

By |May 9th, 2018|Civil Liberties, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Back to the (fascist) future

Neil Taylor responds to the DfE’s latest assault on freedom in education
So it’s England’s turn to have to fend off a bid for totalitarianism in education as the DfE issues a call for evidence and revised guidance on home education.

It is every bit as bad as feared, but with an added twist of incomprehensibility such as […]

By |April 12th, 2018|Articles, Civil Liberties, Education, Family, Law, Politics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fringe event for families snubbed by Holyrood

Tymes Trust and the Scottish Home Education Forum are facilitating a fringe event in Edinburgh on Wednesday (15 November) to hear families’ own testimony on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill, which is currently before the Education & Skills Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

An advance call for ‘evidence on a postcard’ has attracted a […]

By |November 12th, 2017|Civil Liberties, Family, Politics|0 Comments

Postcards from the Fringe: Call for Evidence before Action

Tymes Trust and the Scottish Home Education Forum are co-hostng an event to seek views on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill which is currently before the Education & Skills Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

We are issuing a Call for Evidence in advance of our own Fringe Evidence Session, which will take place on […]

By |October 20th, 2017|Civil Liberties, Events, Family, Law, Politics|1 Comment

Allan Norman of Celtic Knot: submission to GIRFEC named person consultation (2013)

Home educators were among the first to identify the threats to parents’ and children’s human rights posed by the Scottish Government’s GIRFEC / Named Person scheme (a clone of the failed English ECM / ContactPoint which had been initiated by the New Labour Westminster government).

In 2013, the Scottish home education charity Schoolhouse commissioned lawyer and social […]

By |August 16th, 2016|Articles, Civil Liberties, Education, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments