Protesters gathering names against named persons law in Dundee

Campaigners have also launched an online petition.
Campaigners have also launched an online petition.

A petition against “shambolic” Scottish Government state guardian proposals is being launched in Dundee.

Campaigners will take to the streets to protest the “anti-democratic” named person legislation contained in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act.

Under the legislation, more than a million children in Scotland will be assigned a named guardian who will have the power to “advise” and “inform” the child or discuss or raise matters about the child with the relevant authorities.

The demonstration, which is also taking place in Glasgow, is the latest stage in the work of No to Named Persons (NO2NP), the organisation at the forefront of efforts to overturn Part 4 of the Act, which was passed by MSPs last year.

NO2NP is stepping up its campaign as its members prepare to go to the Court of Session for a two-day appeal hearing next Wednesday and Thursday.

A spokesman for the group said: “We are now more convinced than ever that this legislation is wrong for children, wrong for families and wrong for Scotland.

“The 109 pages of supposed guidance is a shambolic mess, which does nothing to clarify anything and serves only to baffle, bewilder and belittle parents.

“Lord Pentland commented during the hearing that a named person would need to have a master’s degree in law to know what will be required, and this guidance confirms that.

“Instead of giving practitioners clear direction, the guidance just pushes the problems of how to operate the scheme over to them.

“It’s left up to them to figure out how the competing legal demands on them should be reconciled.

“It’s mind-boggling to think quite how a busy teacher or health worker is supposed to digest the guidance and be able to decide how to act in any given situation.”

The appeal has been sought after a decision handed down earlier this year by Lord Pentland following an initial three-day judicial review.

The judge ruled against the campaigners and in favour of allowing the named person proposals go ahead prior to full nationwide implementation in 2016.

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