The role of the Named Person is a key part of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The creation of the Named Person role aims to build on existing good practice, formalising a role that health visitors, teachers and others already have in terms of providing care, advice and information.
A Named Person is somebody each child knows they can go to at any time they need help or just want to speak to someone.
Access to a Named Person is an entitlement and while the Named Person has a duty to respond to a worry about a child or young person’s wellbeing, there is no obligation on families to take up an offer of help.
Who will be the Named Person in Stirling?...
Every child or young person will be entitled to a Named Person from birth until their 18th birthday, or longer, if still in school.
Children and young people
|From birth until school entry||Health Visitor (in some circumstances, the Family Nurse or other professional will take on the role).|
|Children in school||Headteacher or depute|
|Young person 16 - 18 not in school||Youth Services member of staff|
|Children in school - during school holidays||Senior officer within Children's/Education Service|
|Gypsy/Traveller children||Senior officer within Children's/Education Service|
|Children who are home educated||Senior officer within Children's/Education Service|
|Young person serving a custodial sentence||Unit Manager from Scottish Prison Service|
How will children and young people know who their Named Person is?...
Named Person service providers, the NHS Health Visiting Service and Stirling Council Education Service, have a duty to inform children and young people who their Named Person is.
This information will be provided to families along with how to contact their Named Person.
More information, including about information sharing provisions for Parts 4 and 5 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is available on the Scottish Government website.