Battle lines drawn over named person legislation

01 September 2016

The battle lines have been drawn at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) ahead of a major ‘named person’ legislation debate.

GCU will host a 2016 Battle of Ideas panel discussion on the implications of the named person scheme, which would see every child in Scotland assigned a named point of contact.

The implementation of the Scottish Government child welfare proposal has been delayed following a Supreme Court ruling some information-sharing aspects breach the European Convention on Human Rights.

Created by the Institute of Ideas, the Battle of Ideas is a two-day festival of debates and discussions probing beyond the headlines and provoking public debate on controversial topics. Institute of Ideas Director Claire Fox, a BBC Radio 4 Moral Maze panellist, will chair the GCU debate, which is the only UK satellite event held in Scotland.

She said: “This debate embodies what the Battle of Ideas festival is all about: thought-provoking public debate. A panel of well-informed speakers, reflecting both sides of one of Scotland’s most contemporary and polarising debates, will offer their insights. Then there will be plenty of time for audience members to challenge the panellists and offer their own ideas. I’m really looking forward to chairing this event.”

Claire will chair an expert panel which includes GCU Social Work lecturer Dr David McKendrick, Barnardos Scotland Director Martin Crewe and Mary Glasgow, Director of Children and Family Services at Children 1st.

The debate is organised by GCU’s flagship work based part-time programme, the MSc Citizenship and Human Rights.

Professor Bill Hughes, MSc Citizenship and Human Rights Programme Leader, said: “Tensions between rights - such as the right to privacy and the right to freedom from abuse - which is at the heart of the named person debate, are examined in detail within the MSc Citizenship and Human Rights at GCU.

“Just as our programme is tailored to a work-based environment, this isn’t a theoretical debate, but one where issues of morals, philosophy and the law are analysed within the context of the work place and service provision.”

Register your attendance at Named Person, a Human Rights Issue? which takes place on Thursday, September 22, from 6.45pm at GCU’s Deeprose Lecture Theatre in the Govan Mbeki Building.