Named Person

This briefing looks in detail at Part 4 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

The Scottish Government introduced the Bill with an intention to further support children and families by providing a clear, streamlined and simplified channel of communication that follows a child from birth to adulthood, so that everyone across all services are clear about how to help children and young people.

The Act has come under criticism from some religious groups and third sector organisations who feel it undermines parents’ authority over their own children and provides the Government with unprecedented powers to interfere with family life. There have also been criticisms into the financial costs of implementing the legislation and the fact that parents and guardians cannot chose to opt out of the system.

Published: August 2014