'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 ruling raises
wider issue of family

Comment, by Colin Hart
Director of The Christian Institute

A growing number of parents in England have discovered that local councils are being told when they have taken a child to an Accident and Emergency department.


Watch: Key part of Named Person scheme is history

It is simply untrue to talk about yesterday’s named person result as a victory for the Scottish Government, the Director of The Christian Institute has said.


Named Person: Wave of legal actions now expected

The Scottish Government is facing a wave of court actions for years of intrusion into family life, after its Named Person scheme was declared illegal by Supreme Court judges.


Watch: Reaction to historic Named Person judgment

Speaking outside the Supreme Court in London this morning Simon Calvert, Deputy Director for The Christian Institute, welcomed a ruling against the Scottish Government’s ‘unwanted, unworkable and undemocratic’ Named Person scheme.


Victory! Supreme Court rules Named Person scheme illegal

The Supreme Court has vindicated our judicial review of the Scottish Government’s controversial Named Person scheme, ruling the plans unlawful.

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