Today, 13 May 2020, ends the consultation on the draft children’s education database regulations. Please remember to respond by the end of today. Details of how to respond can be found here.
We have been liaising with Local Health Boards and other health professional bodies many of which were unaware of the draft regulations and have encouraged them to reply to the consultation.
The Scottish Home Education Forum have submitted their own response to the consultation and the same can be accessed here. In their response they said:
“The UK Supreme Court disposed of a similar scheme in Scotland [the named person scheme], describing it as totalitarian, and since it is parents who have the duty to educate children in the compulsory years, there must be strong justification for gathering and sharing personal data on law-abiding citizens without their prior informed consent.”
You may want to have a further look at their website, which is very informative.
We have just submitted our response to the Welsh Government’s consultation on the Draft Children Act 2004 Database (Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Education (Information about Children in Independent Schools) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
David Wolfe QC provided Protecting Home Education Wales his legal opinion on The Children Act 2004 Education Database (Wales) Regulations 2020 (draft) and found that, if they become law, they would be in breach of the right to private and family life (Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights) and would be unlawful. Therefore, the regulations should be stopped.
Protecting Home Education Wales is very pleased with the QC’s opinion and very thankful to all who contributed to the fundraising campaign.
We appreciate that everyone’s priority right now is to protect their own families from Covid-19. But if you could make some time please try to respond to the consultation by 22 April 2020.
We should be mindful that eventually, and hopefully soon, Covid-19 will pass and we will go back to our “normal” lives. We would want to make sure that our human rights are not undermined by the Welsh Government. If the regulations are passed they will certainly affect all home educators, so it is important that we stand up for our rights now or it will be too late.