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S5W-04871: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has carried out of the impact of the named person scheme in Aberdeenshire.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 1 December 2016

Under Part 4 (Provision of Named Persons) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act), the duty to provide a Named Person service sits with health boards, local authorities, independent or grant-aided schools, secure accommodation services and the Scottish Prison Service, depending on the circumstances of the child. Part 4 (Provision of Named Persons) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act) has not yet commenced.

The Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach has been national policy since 2010 and as part of their existing work, public authorities in many parts of Scotland already operate a “named person” approach on a non-statutory basis. As part of their local decision making, this may include public authorities considering the impact of the GIRFEC approach in their local area.

As the Scottish Government works towards commencement of Part 4 of the Act, named person service providers, including local authorities, health boards, and partners, will continue to progress the GIRFEC approach and to develop and deliver named person services.