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MI6 fears Russia can link Prince Andrew to Jeffrey Epstein abuse

John Dougan in Moscow, his new home
John Dougan in Moscow, his new home

British intelligence chiefs are concerned that Russia may have obtained kompromat, compromising material, on Prince Andrew over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

MI6 is understood to be concerned about the activities of a former Florida police officer who had access to the investigation into the billionaire paedophile and then moved to Russia.

The bizarre case of John Mark Dougan, a former deputy in the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office, has provided further evidence that the prince’s repeated efforts to distance himself from allegations of sexual abuse are failing to shield him from the fallout of the Epstein case.

Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, then aged 17
Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, then aged 17NICHOLAS RAZZELL

A security source said last week there were concerns at MI6 about how much Dougan knows of the original police investigation into the multimillionaire paedophile’s activities and what…




Carl Beech (left) and Richard Kerr (right) have both linked military officers to a child abuse ring.

Child abuse victim Richard Kerr alleges MI5 (military intelligence) involvement in the abuse at the Kincora children’s home in the UK.

“One of the abusers seemed like he might be an Army captain; he had loads of medals,” Richard Kerr said.

Leon Brittan (right) the Jewish cabinet minister formerly responsible for the UK police and the security service MI5.
The child abuse whistleblower Carl Beech claimed that Edward Heath and Leon Brittan were child abusers.


Police officers observed boy prostitutes from ‘the Meat Rack’ in central London being taken to a flat in Cricklewood Broadway, near Hampstead, in London.

Among those that the police saw entering this flat in Cricklewood were:

Edward Heath 
And Leon Brittan.

The police officers were then told by a senior officer that thay were no longer to investigate the flat in Cricklewood. 

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 Aug 28

Report by ‘Operation Conifer’about it … and …

Lennie Smith, who was part of a child abuse gang that murdered boys, had a flat in Cricklewood.
Lennie Smith has been linked to the Elm Guest House boy brothel, said to have been attended by Leon Brittan.
Carl Beech mentioned Elm Guest House.
Carl Beech was given an 18 year jail sentence ‘for telling lies’ about Leon Brittan and Edward Heath.

Cressida Dick (centre) with the UK Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.

Britain’s top cop is Cressida Dick.

Cressida Dick had a key role in the probe into Carl Beech, aka Nick, the child abuse ring whistleblower.

Carl Beech, given an 18 year jail sentence after claiming that certain top Jews had sexually abused him and others.
The members of the alleged child abuse ring were not prosecuted.

Cressida Dick had key role in Nick probe.

Jean Charles de Menezes.
Cressida Dick had a key role in the events which led to the murder, by the authorities, of the innocent Brazilian plumber Jean Charles de Menezes, whom the authorities wished to label as being a terrorist.

London’s new police chief Dick led operation.


Lesbian Cressida Dick and the Chief Rabbi.

Who controls Cressida Dick?

Cressida Dick is a member of ‘Common Purpose‘.

‘Phoenix was ritually abused at an elite London school’.

King’s House School is in Richmond in London.

Daniel Janner QC‏ @JannerQc

I’m going to @BackBoris because I believe he supports our campaign.

He said: “an awful lot of money, an awful lot of police time goes into these historic offences and all this malarkey – £60m I saw being spaffed (ejaculated) up the wall on some investigation into historic child abuse”

8:49 am – 8 Jul 2019

Daniel Janner QC‏ @JannerQc

Boris (Johnson) will put the break on IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) legal gravy train.

11:31 pm – 26 May 2019

Brian P Willmot‏ @BrianWillmot 3h3 hours ago

Greville Janner (right)
Child abuse whistleblower Carl Beech accused Greville Janner, a top Jewish politician, of being a child abuser.
Carl Beech is likely to be jailed for accusing top people of child abuse.


“Janner used his holiday home on the south coast to entertain teenage boys, according to former neighbours …

“A man has come forward to describe how he was abused at a club in the 1970s.

“The man said Janner befriended him when he was eight by buying him ‘pop and crisps’ while his single mother was at work.

“But within months the then-Labour MP allegedly began sexually assaulting him in a ‘secret room’ at the club.

“The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the abuse continued until he went to secondary school aged 11 …”

Above, we see Greville Janner and his pal Boris Johnson, who is descended from a rabbi.
Boris Johnson has appointed Priti Patel as his Home Secretary, responsible for the police and the security service MI5.

Priti Patel is famous for holding secret meetings with the Israeli government.

 Dominic Raab, with a Jewish father, is UK Foreign Secretary.

Boris Johnson ‘may be the most pro-Israel prime minister in history’ – Haaretz

Leon Brittan (right)

Carl Beech claimed that Lord Leon Brittan, of Lithuanian Jewish heritage, was a child rapist.

A court found Carl Beech guilty of lying.

In 1967, Lord Brittan reportedly raped a teenage girl, who looked younger than her years.

Ex-flatmates support ‘Jane’ over rape claim against Leon Brittan …

In October 2014, a Labour MP claimed that Brittan was linked to child abuse.[38][39]

Another Member of Parliament accused Brittan of “multiple child rape”.

He said he had spoken to two people who claimed they were sexually abused by Brittan.[40]

A journalist further alleged that Brittan had abused a pre-pubescent boy at Elm Guest House in mid-1982.[41]

Carl Beech was put on trial after accusing Harvey Proctor of being a violent child abuser.  Harvey Proctor had a sexual interest in children. Proctor can be a Jewish name.

In the trial of the child abuse whistleblower Carl Beech, the judge blocked the cross-examination of Harvey Proctor, who is alleged to have murdered children.

The police searched Harvey proctor’s home, at the Duke of Rutland’s Belvoir castle.

In Proctor’s home, the police found whips, straps, blood-stained child’s underwear and a notepads entitled ‘Bizarrre sex’ 

David Granby, aka the Duke of Rutland, is in Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book of contacts.

The Duke of Rutland has been close to Ghislaine Maxwell.

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo 12h12 hours ago

Witness statements show Proctor’s sexual interest in young boys … No prosecution was pursued … A school uniform with a child’s underwear stained in blood … Refusal to provide blood sample … Someone who enjoy inflicting pain for sexual pleasure …

I Am Incorrigible FCA MAAT‏ @ImIncorrigible 15h15 hours ago

Just for the record, allegations against many of the alleged so called VIP child abusers came from other sources than just Carl Beech. Allegations against Leon Brittan and Greville Janner were laid by other alleged victims, and corroborating evidence was provided.

Louise Lee Corbynista‏ @louiseleelee

Why when there are so many more survivors telling the same stories about the same establishment figures as Carl Beech were they not heard in this case?

 😈 👑HRH Crafty Muvva 👑 😇‏ @craftymuvva 5h5 hours ago

Kids of 11-12 years old. Boys aged between 11-19. #BorisJohnson says investigating this sort of thing is “spaffing money up the wall.” I beg to differ. I want a #newPM who cares.

“Harvey Proctor beat ‘young boys’ and took photographs of their injuries, according to court submissions.… …

Harvey Proctor is reported to be an old friend of Jonathan Denby.

Peter Jonathan Denby, a former aide to Enoch Powell, was once picked up by police who wanted to question him in connection with a violent gun incident in Mayfair.

Denby’s Islington home was later raided by armed detectives and his Jaguar car, found abandoned in Kent, was blown up by bomb squad officers.

Harvey Proctor.

There is a suspicion that Harvey Proctor is being protected by the security services because of possible links to the illegal arms trade.

HARVEY PROCTOR: Denby, Proctor & Powell – scepticpeg /


Janner, top right.

Carl Beech named the top Jewish politician Lord Janner as a child abuser.

The police wanted to bring 22 historical charges against Janner dating back to the period between 1969 and 1988.

Police officers were furious when they were blocked from prosecuting Janner.

Lord Janner ‘raped and tortured’ children.

Above we see the editor of the Daily Mail with Ghislaine Maxwell, alleged Mossad spy.

Why is the media attacking Carl Beech and apparently supporting ‘the Jimmy Savile gang’?

Carl Beech (aka Nick) is a whistleblower in the case of Martin Allen, above. A large number of boys, linked to abuse by top people, have died in mysterious circumstances.

Carl Beech, the only son of Robert and Charmian Gass, is a whistleblower on child sexual abuse.

Carl Beech
Carl Beech accused Jimmy Savile, Leon Brittan, Greville Janner, and other friends of Israel, of being part of a child abuse gang.
On 22 July 2019, a jury in Newcastle ‘sided with Savile and company’ and found Carl Beech guilty of making up the story of the child abuse gang.

Carl Beech was born in Wrexham, in North Wales, in 1968.

Bryn Alyn in Wrexham was a boy brothel, reportedly used by the security service MI5.


In the 1990s, top policeman Gordon Anglesea was awarded £375,000 in damages after successfully suing news organisations that had linked him to child sexual abuse at Bryn Alyn.

However, Anglesea was guilty.

In October 2016, Gordon Anglesea (above) was found guilty of sexually abusing boys at the North Wales children’s home, Bryn Estyn, and at a young offenders institution.


Ernest Parke was editor of the North London Press. He published a story naming Lord Euston as a person involved in the boy brothel. And he suggested that a much more important person was involved.

Ernest Parke was a journalist who named a top person involved in a boy brothel.

Ernest Parke, and some of the boys, ended up in prison.

The ‘toffs’ were not prosecuted.


Anonymous 22 July 2019 at 10:27 comments –

This absurd outcome was a foregone conclusion from the moment the security services realised these true allegations could no longer be completely ‘shut down’ absent a suitable show trial, scapegoat, and accompanying targeted propaganda exercise.

Staggeringly prejudicial reporting of the trial and Carl Beech’s allegations by the spook-infested corporate media had the intended effect.

Week after week, in article after miserable article, the corporate media demonised Carl Beech and sanctified the ‘real’ accused: Harvey Proctor, Lord Bramall, the late Greville Janner and the late Edward Heath, etc.

Those establishment figures were consistently portrayed by the newspapers and broadcasters as ‘distinguished public servants’; as ‘noble gentlemen’; as ‘elderly victims’ ‘crying out for justice’, etc. etc.

Anonymous 22 July 2019 at 10:27 comments –

In a show trial whose outcome was predetermined by the security services, a guilty verdict supports only one conclusion: that the substance of Carl Beech’s claims are 100% correct.

When the security services exert resources at the magnitude we’ve witnessed in the Carl Beech trial – coordinating a UNIFORM NARRATIVE about Mr Beech, his allegations, and the twists-and-turns of the trial through EVERY British newspaper and broadcaster…. the people can be sure that the VIP paedophiles and their allies in the security services are highly rattled.

Beech’s allegations – especially their truthfulness, which is what gives them their power to frighten – have terrified the life out of some very important people indeed. 

We’ve all seen the consequences of this: the massive cover-up, and the retribution unleashed on Beech in the form of the media’s pathetic attempts at humiliating him (branding him a ‘fantasist’ ad infinitum, showing his personal photos, etc.)

Bad luck, spooks, assets, and rent-a-hacks. We still believe Carl. You’ve failed yet again. And we are totally undeterred in our pursuit of justice.

Carl Beech blew the whistle on Harvey Proctor.

Journalist Mark Watts writes:

BBC making a massive story of Carl Beech. That’s it folks. It’s over. Dossiers lost. Child abuse inquiry delayed. Westminster perverts carry on. Nothing to worry about.

The ‘Jewish’ judge kept information hidden from the jury?

Carl Beech, among others, accused Lord Janner of being involved in child sexual abuse.

Gilad Atzmon writes:

In Britain, the independent inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, pretty much collapsed when LORD JANNER became a centre of its focus.

“Lord Janner was a former chairman of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, a body that claims to represent British Jews.

“He was also the founder of the Holocaust Memorial Trust.

Some people, so it seems, are either above the law or beyond scrutiny.

“We may have to admit that in a world where THE LABOUR PARTY is terrorised, in the open, by a foreign lobby, in a world where PENGUIN PRESS stops publishing a book because it referred to the Rothschilds as an ‘influential Jewish family’, in a world where [THE BBC] is reduced to a Zionist propaganda unit, no one in proximity to power dares to look into the possibility that the intelligence agency of a close ally might have invested millions if not billions of dollars in the formation of a spectacular blackmail apparatus that abused underage children through sex trafficking …”

Epstein, Israel and mainstream media’s scandalous silence 

Virginia Roberts

Carl Beech reminds us of Virginia Roberts.

Both have been threatened for acting as whistleblowers on elite child sexual abuse.

According to Virginia Roberts, who worked for Donald Trump:

“There were about eight guys perhaps for whom Virginia provided massages…”

When asked to name the eight men, Virginia grew scared and refused to identify them.

“No, not at this stage, I just – some of these people are really influential and powerful…

“I’m really scared of where this is going.”

Global Human Trafficking Markets – The Silent War –

Carl Beech
Carl Beech says that as a child he was sexually abused by Lord Bramall.

Tony Badenoch, who is leading the prosecution of Carl Beech.

Anonymous, 16 July 2019, writes about the trial of Carl Beech – 
“Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said:

“‘LORD BRAMALL ANSWERED ALL QUESTIONS FULLY AND TRUTHFULLY, gave details, spoke about his life, spoke about things intimately personal to him.

“‘Compare what he was to say and the manner in which he was to say it, to this defendant, Carl Beech, shifting, shuffling and lying, and deceiving and dancing and twisting and twirling and running’ …”


“Fully and truthfully”?
Ha ha ha. Well, if you say so.

Also, what a cheap and tawdry tactic, if you don’t mind my saying so, ‘Tone’.

(Tony. Is that what you like to be referred to when you’re pretending to be an or’nery man of the people, like?)

To invite comparison between – on one hand – a decorated war veteran of advanced age, with an elite education, a peerage, upper-class speech patterns and mannerisms, associations with royalty, and a heart-rending sob story.

And on the other hand, a visibly weak and traumatised survivor of childhood sexual abuse, who has already admitted to child sex offences and spoken of his undying shame.
A man with no titles, no peerage, no upper-class diction, appearance or mannerisms. No associations with royalty. A man totally unpracticed in functioning at the centre of public attention – in complete contrast to the powerful men he is accusing of the most vile crimes, who got to spend decades mastering their public images whilst performing jobs in the glare of the mass media.

An extremely vulnerable man, having his entire life and every real failing dissected and chewed over with relish by the lip-smacking wolves of the media, who couldn’t give a hoot about abused children, torture, and unsolved murders – just so long as they continue to please the cartel.

Carl Beech is accused of damaging the reputation of Jimmy Savile and other top friends of Israel.

It’s been like a bear baiting spectacle, staged for the delight of the credulous British public, who – having been fed a pack of lies and slanted impressions for weeks, months and years by the establishment so-called journalists – are now baying for this defendant’s blood.

It’s sick, but it’s also ironic. These were the same tactics allegedly deployed by the likes of Bramall, Harvey Proctor and Edward Heath to avoid detection back in the day. ‘Nobody will ever believe those powerless, rough accented boys from the care homes, when powerful, upper-class men like ourselves deny and scoff at everything’.

So the same old wheeze is wheeled out again. And again. And again.

No wonder Britain’s paedophile network has been so successful.

Stick a ‘Sir’, a ‘Lord’, a ‘Dame’, a ‘Lord Lieutenant’ or any other ludicrous title from chivalrous days of yore before or after any common scumbag’s name – sprinkle with royal and ‘prestigious’ charitable associations – and the British public fall for it. Every single time.

But you know that very well, already. Don’t you, Tonee?

Child abuse organiser Jimmy Savile and Edward Heath.

Carl Beech (Nick) accused former UK Prime Minister Edward Heath, and others, of child abuse.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 3h3 hours ago

Carl Beech (Nick) ‘s Defence counsel Ray Tully tells the NickTrial that it is agreed with prosecution that Wiltshire Police examined Edward Heath’s close-protection logs, but these were missing for a period during 1970’s and 1980’s. 


In Rochdale, in Yorkshire, in the UK, Amber, aged 15, was sexually abused by a gang.

Amber was arrested. 

Amber and her friends were written off as ‘unreliable witnesses’.

There is a belief that the child abuse gang was being protected by the police.

The abuse of young girls by Rochdale sex …

Child abuse whistleblower Carl Beech who was arrested by the police.

An investigation in the town of Rotherham in Yorkshire in the UK, found that at least 1,400 children were sexually abused over a period of 16 years.

Rotherham child exploitation report – 26 August 2014

The police and social services turned a blind eye.

Sometimes the police harassed those who were whistleblowers.

Reports on the child abuse, by various officials, were suppressed.


There is a belief that the security services use certain child abuse gangs to recruit Moslems for ‘inside jobs’.

Yorkshire is linked to powerful pedophile rings, reportedly protected by government agencies.

Reportedly, Sir Jimmy Savile, whose main base was Yorkshire, worked for the intelligence services.



Carl Beech has accused Harvey Proctor of being part of a top UK child abuse ring.

The Duke and Duchess of Rutland are in Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book.

The Duke and Duchess of Rutland are the benefactors of Harvey Proctor, who has been linked to child abuse.

Continued here: EPSTEIN’S BLACK BOOK and the HANSON family and other top people.

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo Jul 7

Anthony Royle was MP for Richmond in Surrey, the home of Britain’s infamous Elm Guest House child brothel until the year after it was raised by Met police.

His daughter Lucinda features in Epstein’s telephone book. …

Carl Beech has referred to the Elm Guest House boy brothel.

Carl Beech on his wedding day.
Carl Beech (Nick) claims that as a child, 40 years ago, he was sexually abused by Field Marshall Lord Bramall, Lord Greville Janner and others.

Lord Bramall told the police that he did not know Lord Janner.

But, Bramall had had a fight with Janner.

They knew each other rather well.

Bramall hit Janner


Carl Beech as a child.

The police say that ‘John’, a witness, does not exist.

Nick says the Met police were in e-mail contact with ‘John’.

Witnesses vary their stories?

In May 2019, Carl Beech was put on trial for ‘telling lies’ about top people.

In court, Carl Beech has admitted that he got wrong some of the details of what happened 40 years ago.

Aangirfan has a friend who often tells the tale of his visit, many years ago, to San Diego.

Each time the tale is told, there are slight differences in the details.

There is some fiction, along with fact.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 4h4 hours ago

Asked why he told Wiltshire Police that he did not know why he passed out during abuse, when he later said that it was because his head was held under water, Carl Beech (Nick) tells the NickTrial: “Some things were just too hard to do at that stage.”

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 3h3 hours ago

Carl Beech (Nick) accepts at  the NickTrial that he told Wiltshire Police of someone with a Canadian accent when he meant an American, John Louis.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 4h4 hours ago

Why did Carl Beech tell Wiltshire Police that he did not know with what the abusers stabbed and burnt his feet, when he later said drawing pins/lighter.

Carl Beech tells  the NickTrial that he did not know and was later giving an indication of what he thinks that it may have been.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 3h3 hours ago

Carl Beech accepts at  the NickTrial that he when he told Wiltshire Police that he met John on a building site at the end of his road, this was untrue.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 2h2 hours ago

Carl Beech confirms to  the NickTrial that he did not go to school with John, ‘who was present when the third child was killed’.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 2h2 hours ago

Carl Beech accepts at  the NickTrial that he wrote in a journal that he never saw John with any bruises and yet also claims that he saw him in hospital, and that he wrote he was a friend at school even though he did not go to school with him.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 2h2 hours ago

Carl Beech agrees at  the NickTrial that “there were a series of fictions” in the chapter in his journal about his friend John.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 2h2 hours ago

Carl Beech agrees at  the NickTrial that he “told many lies” to, and “withheld important information” from, the Wiltshire Police.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 1h1 hour ago

Carl Beech accepts at  the NickTrial that he told Wiltshire Police that John was not at any of the abuse in London even though he said to the Met (London police) that John was.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 1h1 hour ago

Carl Beech tells  the NickTrial that one location for abuse was the Saudi embassy.

Asked who were the Saudi diplomats who sexualy abused him, he says Abdullah and Turki.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 1h1 hour ago

Defendant tells #NickTrial that he also saw Turki sexually abuse John.

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Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Head Teacher of Stowe School

JR‏ @JamesRusbridger Jul 5

QUESTION – If Carl Beech were a “fantasist”, making things up, can anyone explain his “random” identification of Stowe School?

It just so happens that Stowe is linked to an array of individuals with links to the alleged VIP paedophile network.

Clearly Beech isn’t making this up.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 2h2 hours ago

Carl Beech accepts at the NickTrial that he lied to Wiltshire Police “in certain areas” and that he sent them off to look for what the prosecutor called “a non-existant witness”.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 2h2 hours ago

Prosecutor presses Carl Beech to tell #NickTrial about being taken abroad.

Very reluctantly and hesitatingly, defendant says that he was flown… to Paris… on a private 747… but says that he cannot recall who was on the plane.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 45m45 minutes ago

Prosecutor asks defendant at #NickTrial why when he told the Met (London police) that his step-father raped him for the first time at a wildlife park he made no mention of John.

“Because I didn’t want to tell them about,” is the reply.

Mark Watts‏ @MarkWatts_1 42m42 minutes ago

Pressed on why he did not tell the Met about John at the wildlife park, defendant becomes tearful at #NickTrial, saying that he not was not prepared to talk about him.

Asked whether it was a lie, defendant says that it was an “omission”.


Wildcat SNP nonce person scheme scrapped

Named person scheme scrapped by Scottish government. #no2np

The Scottish government has scrapped its controversial plan to appoint a named person to safeguard the welfare of every child in the country.

The scheme, which was branded a “snooper’s charter” by opponents, was due to be introduced three years ago.

But it was delayed when the Supreme Court ruled that part of the plan breached Human Rights laws.

Education Secretary John Swinney has now confirmed that he will withdraw the named person legislation.

The Conservatives said the move was a “complete humiliation” for the government.

They called on Mr Swinney to apologise for the “millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money that has been wasted” and to “all the professionals on the front line who have been faced with endless bureaucracy around this policy”.

What happened to the named person scheme?

The scheme would have seen a named person – usually a teacher or health visitor – act as a clear point of contact for every child from birth until the age of 18.

In its ruling in July 2016, the Supreme Court said the aim of the policy was “unquestionably legitimate and benign”, but that proposals around information-sharing breached the right to privacy and a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The judges said the proposals meant it was “perfectly possible” that confidential information about a young person could be disclosed to a “wide range of public authorities without either the child or young person or her parents being aware”.

Mr Swinney subsequently set up an expert panel which was tasked with finding a way of making named person compatible with the Supreme Court ruling.

But the panel was unable to write a workable code of practice on information sharing, and concluded that doing so “would not be desirable” as the complexity would make it difficult to understand or apply in practice.

Mr Swinney told the Scottish Parliament on Thursday afternoon that the “mandatory named persons scheme for every child, underpinned by law, will now not happen” and that “we will withdraw our bill and repeal the relevant legislation.”

He said that existing, voluntary schemes that provide a point of contact for support will continue – but only for those councils and health boards that wish to provide them, and only for parents who wish to use them.

Mr Swinney said: “In this way, we will support our children and young people so that they can thrive and rise to the challenges and opportunities that life brings.”

He added: “I believe that today we have taken an important step forward in providing families and practitioners with certainty about how information-sharing can support well-being in a transparent way which respects the rights of everyone.”

Earlier on Thursday, the government launched an investigation after details of Mr Swinney’s statement were leaked in advance to the Herald newspaper.

The government says it is committed to making Scotland “the best place in the world for children to grow up”.

As part of its Getting it Right for Every Child strategy, it proposed giving all children and young people from birth to 18 years access to a named person under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

The named person was intended to be single point of contact if a child or their parents wanted information or advice, or if they wanted to talk about any worries and seek support.

They would also be a point of contact for other services if they had any concerns about a child’s wellbeing.

The law was due to come into force across the country on 31 August 2016 but the policy had already been rolled out in parts of Scotland, including Highland, Edinburgh, Fife, Angus and South Ayrshire.

Why was it so controversial?

The legal challenge was launched by the No to Named Persons (NO2NP) coalition, which includes the Christian Institute, Care (Christian Action Research and Education), Tyme Trust and the Family Education Trust.

The group argued that the named person legislation would lead to “unjustified and unjustifiable state interference with family rights” and that responsibility for monitoring a child’s wellbeing should be the role of the parent, not the state.

Their arguments had previously been dismissed as “hyperbole” by the Court of Session in Edinburgh, which said named person did not diminish the role of parents and had “no effect whatsoever on the legal, moral or social relationships within the family”.

Some organisations warned that the legislation’s wording meant the role of the named person was open to wide interpretation.

And the Scottish Parent Teacher Council published the results of an online survey in 2013 which it said suggested “high levels of concern” from parents about the proposals.

However, children’s charities including Barnardo’s, Aberlour, Action for Children and Children 1st accused opponents of the scheme of making “inaccurate and unjustified” statements about named person.

What has the reaction been?

NO2NP said Mr Swinney’s statement “effectively consigns the detested Big Brother scheme to the legislative dustbin”, and predicted that parents would be “delighted” by the move.

But the group said the government should have ditched the plan “a long time ago and saved a lot of time and a lot of money and a lot of anxiety.”

Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith said: “This is a complete humiliation for the SNP. Common sense should have told them years ago that this policy was both universally unpopular and unworkable.

“In the interim, millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been wasted as has the time that should have been spent addressing the challenges facing our most vulnerable children.”

The EIS teaching union said named person was originally conceived as a “genuine attempt to ensure that the protection afforded to vulnerable and at-risk young people across Scotland was as robust as it could be, to ensure that children did not fall through cracks in the system, and to strengthen the support to those with needs requiring a multi-agency approach.

“While legislation is not always the best route to achieving such aims, we must not lose sight of the need that still exists to deliver on that ambition.”



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