'Named person' scheme

On 19 February 2014, the Scottish Parliament decided that every child in Scotland should have a ‘named person’ – a state official tasked with looking after their “wellbeing”.

This state guardian will be put in place regardless of whether or not children or parents wish to have one and regardless of whether there is any need for state intervention.

A named person will have the power to speak to a child, including about very personal issues, and provide information or advice – all potentially without parental consent.



Named person garden
analogy sows seeds of

‘Imagine, children, that Scotland is a garden and you are a special plant growing in it. All the adults in your lives are gardeners and the named person is the head gardener.’


Named Person plans to recruit housing officers as spies

GPs and housing officers should be recruited to snoop on Scottish families as part of the Named Person scheme, according to minutes from the board behind its implementation.


‘Named Person warning bells should be ringing for Govt’

“Warning bells” should be ringing for the Scottish Government over its plans for every child to have a named person, according to a Party leader who supported its passage through Holyrood.


Isle of Man policy compounds Named Person fears

Serious questions have arisen over the Scottish Government’s Named Person scheme, after a strikingly similar scheme proved disastrous on the Isle of Man.


Named person campaigners ‘snubbed’ by First Minister

The Scottish Government has been criticised after failing to respond to a group representing concerned parents.

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