'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 slammed
as 'intrusive

A senior council leader has spoken out against the Named Person scheme, saying it is parents who are best at looking after their children.


Teachers’ union: Named Person role must be probed

Scotland’s largest teaching union has backed a motion calling for the “workload, contractual and legal implications” of the Named Person scheme to be investigated.


SNP chief ‘absolutely committed’ to Named Person

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney has said he is “absolutely committed” to the Named Person scheme despite a growing swell of opposition, including from former SNP leaders.


Two-thirds of Scots against Named Person, poll shows

Almost two-thirds of Scots are opposed to the controversial Named Person scheme, a new poll by the Scottish Daily Mail has found.


‘Tragic Liam Fee case points to named person failings’

A charity leader has questioned the validity of the Scottish Government’s beleaguered Named Person scheme, following the tragic death of toddler Liam Fee.

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