Thursday, 10 March 2016

Update on Named Person

There's been lots in the news recently about the Named Person initiative, the Scottish Government’s plan to introduce a single named professional for every child in Scotland. The BBC has this handy guide to the ins and outs of the scheme, including criticisms and concerns of the proposal. 

This week the official challenge against Named Person is being heard at the Supreme Court. The case is being brought by three individuals and the Christian Institute, Family Education Trust, The Young ME Sufferers ("Tymes") Trust and Care (Christian Action Research & Education). You can read more on the BBC website and the Herald Scotland. If you fancy a longer read then Dr Stuart Waiton from the University of Abertay has written an article about what the introduction of Named Person means for parenting in Scotland. Read his piece here. 

As you may know we have been vocal with our concerns about the Named Person. When we surveyed parents in 2013, we found that 74% of the respondents were not happy with the idea of a named person. We still remain concerned about the threats to the human rights of families, to their privacy and also around breaches of data protection laws as confidential information about children and parents is passed between public bodies.

You can read about the work we've done on the Named Person, including our survey and report on our website.

We would strongly welcome your opinions on this topic - whether you view Named Person as a positive or negative development, please let us know what you think! If you don't want your comment to be published then please email at

You can find out more about the No to Named Person Campaign on their website.

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