Catholic Parliamentary Office submission to Education and Skills Committee on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill

We have submitted a response to the Holyrood Education and Skills Committee call for evidence on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill is the Scottish Government’s response to the UK Supreme Court’s decision that the information sharing provisions of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was not ‘in accordance with the law’. Readers may be more familiar with the term ‘Named Person’ which is the controversial scheme that is to be introduced by the 2014 Act.

Like others who have responded, we have overriding concerns about the need for the scheme at all, as well as questions around the voluntary nature of the scheme, the definition of ‘wellbeing’ and the need to ensure that the rights of parents and the right to a private and family life is protected.

The Holyrood Committee is no longer taking submissions and will now commence a formal period of hearing evidence on the Bill.

The Catholic Parliamentary Office response can be accessed via this link.