Following the UK Supreme Court judgement on the named person in July, the Scottish Government will not commence the named person provisions of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 on 31 August. They do, however, remain committed to the named person service and will implement the changes from the judgement.
An order is needed to stop commencement of parts 4 and 5 of the 2014 Act. The other secondary legislation that implements parts 4 and 5 (the Named Persons Order, Child’s Plan Order and the Complaints Order) is required to be revoked. The orders were formally laid before Parliament.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney will make a statement to MSPs after the summer recess, outlining how they are working towards the implementation of the named person service and to achieving the shared objectives of Getting it Right For Every Child.
At CELCIS are very supportive of the Getting it Right for Every Child approach and the valuable role the named person can play in providing advice, guidance and assistance to children and families. We are ready to assist the Scottish Government in its work to revise the information sharing provisions of the Act during the Autumn, with a view to ensuring that children's rights to both privacy and protection are upheld.