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All about the data, but don’t tell Joe Public

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK. Although the Act itself […]

By |November 29th, 2015|Civil Liberties, Law|0 Comments

When the law is an ass, kick it !

Image: Jackie and Hazel at the Hostel Mostel in Sofia

In our previous article, When Jon met Jackie, we promised an update on the outcome of Jackie Turner’s court case following her prosecution, along with Hazel’s dad Max, for daring to decide, as mere parents, on the best interests of their own child for three weeks […]

By |November 21st, 2015|Articles, Education, Law|0 Comments

Brave New Single Silo Scotland

Since the public has been kept in the dark and deliberately misled by the Scottish Government as to the agenda behind its Children and Young People Act, many parents remain oblivious to the shift in the relationship between family and state, which will hit them right between the eyes in August 2016 when state imposed snoopers are granted lawful […]

By |November 12th, 2015|Articles, Civil Liberties, Family, Law|0 Comments

Rainbow worship and talking through colons

Image: Early Years Collaborative 

The SHANARRI worshipping bash of the year was held in Glasgow last week in the form of Children in Scotland’s annual conference 2015 with a traditionally colonic title, Gamechangers: Transforming our children’s sector.

It’s no wonder George, Zippy and Bungle were so excited as they made their way out of the sock drawer to help their ‘Named […]

By |November 8th, 2015|Articles, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

When Jon met Jackie

How time flies when you are being persecuted (and prosecuted) by the state for fulfilling your parental duty to educate your children. Jackie Turner’s court case for daring to take her nine year old (registered pupil) child on holiday in term time is due to be heard in Hereford on Monday and there is considerable […]

By |November 6th, 2015|Education, Family, Law|0 Comments

Home education under threat as Ireland joins the UNCRC ‘pick and mix’ party

Irish home educators are once again under threat as proposals have been covertly concocted, with no stakeholder consultation, to allow state agents to access private family homes and force children to submit to interrogation by strangers without their consent. In tried and tested dissembling fashion, the Irish state is selectively citing UNCRC Articles in an attempt to validate the violation.

Of coincidental interest is […]

By |October 28th, 2015|Civil Liberties, Education, Family, International, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Tally-ho! call by Borders Council to overturn home ed hunting ban

Image credit: AHEd

Scottish Borders Council apparently doesn’t have enough to do. Not content with adhering to the primary legislation and guidance framework, in which their role in relation to elective home education is rightly very limited since the provision of education is a parental responsibility, their “joined up” education and children’s “services” are desperately keen […]

By |October 23rd, 2015|Civil Liberties, Education, Family, Law|0 Comments

SEEMiS: state surveillance made simple

By Georgina Farron (first published in Highland Perthshire News, April 2014)

‘Every child will have a designated Named Person whose job is to be a first point of contact for you and any other concerns about your child or young person.’

‘The Named Person will take action to address concerns.’

‘You will be listened to and involved […]

By |September 25th, 2015|Articles|0 Comments

Court of parental opinion will ultimately reign supreme

Image credit: Scottish Sunday Express

The triumvirate (‘three stooges’) judgement on the appeal by NO2NP campaigners to the Inner House of the Scottish Court of Session came as no great surprise to any of us this week, because this important case has always been expected to go to the higher, more authoritative Supreme Court in London, and in […]

By |September 5th, 2015|Civil Liberties, Family, Law, Politics|0 Comments

Aberdeen City Council: Getting It Wrong again and again and again

As the bodies of GIRFEC victims start piling up across Scotland (and not just those from the home ed community), we thought we’d start at the beginning of the council alphabet and shine a bright searchlight on the various publicly reported failures and breaches on the part of Aberdeen City Council, which seems to just […]

By |August 21st, 2015|Civil Liberties, Education, Family, Law|0 Comments