Scottish Government Scraps Named Person Scheme For Children
20th September 2019
The Scottish Government has finally bowed to the mounting pressure against the bill that introduced the named person schem for children
Information sharing proposals dropped and named person provisions repealed.
The proposed new law on information sharing on named persons will not proceed.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, Deputy First Minister John Swinney also announced that the mandatory named person scheme for every child - enshrined in the Children And Young People Act 2014 - will be repealed.
Instead, existing voluntary schemes that provide a point of contact for support will continue under current legal powers, where councils and health boards wish to provide them and parents want to use them.
The report of an expert panel established to explore the development of a legally-binding Code of Practice to support the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Bill has also been published.
The Scottish Government will now develop practical guidance and support to give professionals confidence to share wellbeing concerns in a compliant way, and to help families understand their rights under existing law.
Mr Swinney said:"I believe that we have taken an important step forward in providing families and practitioners with certainty about how information sharing can support wellbeing in a transparent way which respects the rights of everyone.
"The mandatory named person scheme for every child - underpinned by law - will now not happen. We will withdraw our Bill and repeal the relevant legislation.
"Instead, existing voluntary services that provide a point of contact for support will continue under current legal powers, where councils and health boards wish to provide them and parents want to use them.
"In this way, we will support our children and young people so that they can thrive and rise to the challenges and opportunities that life brings.
“Only through continued investment in our children's wellbeing will we achieve our vision of a prosperous country where everyone gets the chance to fulfil their potential, and no-one is left behind."
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