What is a named person?

Children and young people have access to a local named person service - a single point of contact for help, support and advice for families and those working with children, if they need it.

A Named Person will only offer advice or support in response to a request from a child or parent, or when a wellbeing need is identified. They can help a child, young person or their parent(s) address their concerns early and in some cases avoid bigger concerns or problems developing.

There is no obligation to accept the offer of advice or support from a Named Person and for the majority of children and young people, they will receive all the help they need from their families and wider communities.

Who can be a named person?

A Named Person will normally be the health visitor for a pre-school child and a promoted teacher - such as a headteacher, or guidance teacher for a school age child. 

The Named Person duties are integrated into their current role and strengthen the support they provide.

What happens when help is asked for or a concern is raised?

When the child or young person, their parent(s), or someone who works with them asks for help or raises a concern, a Named Person will discuss this with the child or young person and their parents, and where appropriate, with other professionals, to get the help the child, young person or parents need. Each child is unique and the support they need will be tailored to their own circumstances.

The Named Person will use the 5 questions to help identify appropriate support:

  • What is getting in the way of this child’s or young person’s wellbeing?
  • Do I have all the information I need to help this child or young person?
  • What can I do now to help this child or young person?
  • What can my agency do to help this child or young person?
  • What additional help, if any, may be needed from others?

The Scottish Government website provides further key information about the role of the named person.

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