Bradford Council data sharing “may breach human rights”


Members of a national home education network have issued a warning to Bradford Metropolitan District Council that current procedures and proposed policy changes outlined in a report by its deputy children’s services director “may not be in accordance with the law”.

At a meeting of the council’s Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee yesterday (12 October 2016), Gill Kilner, representing Action for Home Education (AHEd), raised a number of legal questions relating to the report, which were dismissed as “muddying the waters” and went unanswered.

Immediately after the meeting, at which the deputy director’s recommendations were approved with minor amendments, parent campaigners pledged to demand “proper scrutiny” by elected members of “legally unsafe” policies and procedures which directly affect their children’s interests.

Citing a Supreme Court ruling which found information-sharing provisions in Scottish legislation to breach children’s and families’ human rights, Ms Kilner insisted that proposals by the council to obtain child benefit records to “hunt down”…

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