Scotland: state-control over children to squeeze out parental rights?

Is this the future of family policy? Turtle Bay and Beyond reports that in Scotland a state-employed guardian will be assigned to every child from birth until age 18, who can intervene without parental consent and share information with a wide range of public authorities. Though the plan comes into effect in 2016, it is already being rolled out — and early indications are “named persons” will replace and trump parents’ legal rights.

Among its first appearances is – how could it be otherwise? – sex education guidelines.

The underlying ideology appears to be that parents can’t be trusted to know what is, and what isn’t, good for their child. But the state can, of course.

More information is found on the website of the Christian Institute.

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