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State guardian for children unlawful

State guardian for children unlawful

A top human rights lawyer has said the SNP’s plans to appoint a state guardian for every child under 18 “may be unlawful”.  Under Alex Salmond’s Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill 2013, children will have a “named person”- a state employee – who will monitor them and have powers that “cut across” the rights of their parents. QC Aidan O’Neill said the SNP’s plans amounted to “unjustified interference” and may fail to protect people from “arbitrary and oppressive” governmental powers.

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