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Christian Groups Fight against Scottish Proposal to Assign Government Guardian to Every Child

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Mar 17
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Christian groups in Scotland are making one final push to fight implementation of a new law that would assign a state guardian to every Scottish child.


According to, supporters of the legislation say the policy will help streamline the process for child welfare, while critics say the policy violates human rights.


“[The law is] an insult to the fundamental human rights of mums and dads to bring up their children the way they see fit,” said Colin Hart, director of The Christian Institute, one of the plaintiffs in the case.


The law was approved in 2014 and will go into effect in August. The law assigns a guardian, such as a teacher or nurse, to monitor the wellbeing of every child until they turn 18. That guardian is able to access school and medical and legal documents.


“The named person isn’t someone new or unknown,” said a Scottish government spokesperson, according to the Herald Scotland. “It is a person who is already working with the child and family, and simply strengthens that strong relationship.”


A newspaper poll found that almost half of all Scots are opposed to the new law. Less than a third support it. 


Implementation of the law is stalled until the Supreme Court rules in the next few months.



Publication date: March 17, 2016