Named per­son con­cerns

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A Holy­rood com­mit­tee has warned it will not be able to rec­om­mend par­lia­men­tary ap­proval for key named per­son leg­is­la­tion un­til min­is­ters pro­vide de­tails of cru­cial guid­ance for pro­fes­sion­als.

The ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee has called for the Scot­tish Govern­ment to pro­vide “an au­thor­i­ta­tive draft” of the code of prac­tice ac­com­pa­ny­ing the Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple (In­for­ma­tion Shar­ing) (Scot­land) Bill, be­fore it rec­om­mends the Bill is passed at its first stage.

The leg­is­la­tion was brought for­ward af­ter a le­gal chal­lenge to the named per­son pol­icy, which will see a sin­gle point of con­tact, such as a teacher or health vis­i­tor, ap­pointed to look out for the wel­fare of ev­ery child.

It aims to ad­dress the Supreme Court’s find­ing last year that in­for­ma­tion shar­ing pro­vi­sions in the orig­i­nal leg­is­la­tion were in­com­pat­i­ble with the right to pri­vacy and fam­ily life as set out in the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion on Hu­man Rights.

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