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  • Scotland: bairns beware

    The Christian Institute

    A website designed to educate children about Scotland’s controversial Named Person scheme has been described in late October as ‘blatant propaganda’ by critics, as it aims to convince children that state guardians will be their ‘friends’.

    The site said that the Named Person would be like a ‘rosy-cheeked old lady’. This comes after surveys (described at the time as ‘creepy’ and now suspended) in trial areas of Scotland saw state-sponsored surveyors knocking on doors asking people if they knew of any children living in the street.

  • New friend

    Pilgrims Friend Society

    Stephen Hammersley, CBE, was announced in late October as the new chief executive of the Pilgrims’ Friend Society (PFS).

    Stephen has been chief executive for the last ten years of UK Community Foundations, an umbrella body providing leadership and support to 48 community foundations across the country. He will take over the PFS reins from outgoing chief executive Peter Fullarton, who said that the Society’s vision is challenging and the needs of its beneficiaries are immense.