Named Persons: the hatred it has attracted from some is misguided. This most endearing policy passed the Scottish Parliament unopposed, has been ruled legal and legitimate in its purpose, and is supported by scores of children’s charities. Yet it has been brutally misrepresented to the point it is now a political mine-field. Named Person is needed urgently and we must defend it.
The Scheme Itself
The Named Person Bill, introduced in Part 4 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act of 2014, is an act designed to ensure the wellbeing of children across Scotland. It works like this: every child up to 18 years of age will have a designated ‘Named Person’ who would act as a single point of contact between services if they are in the best interests of the child. The family is not obligated to follow the advice of their child’s Named Person, who is the child’s…
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