No 2 Named Person

The Scottish Parliament has passed legislation to appoint a ‘Named Person’ for every child in Scotland.

This is a state official tasked with looking after a child’s “well being”, that is, their “happiness”. This state guardian will be put in place regardless of whether or not children or parents wish to have one and regardless of whether there is any need for state intervention.

The central data-sharing provisions on which the scheme relies have been declared illegal by the UK Supreme Court preventing it from coming into force as planned on 31 August 2016. If a new version of the scheme is now introduced it will not be able to operate in the way the Scottish Government had originally intended.

However, there is still cause for concern, not least because Named Person pilot schemes are already operating across Scotland.

No 2 Named Person is against.