FABIANI WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO ROLL-OUT OF ‘NAMED PERSON’ FOLLOWING SUPREME COURT RULING

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Following today’s supreme court ruling on the ‘named person’, East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani has welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to press ahead and work with key public services and children’s charities to ensure the successful roll-out of the scheme.

 

Linda Fabiani said:

 

“I welcome the fact the attempt to scrap the named person service has failed. The principal aim of the legislation, in promoting and safeguarding the wellbeing of children and our young people was described as ‘unquestionably legitimate and benign’ in the ruling, and does not breach human rights.

 

“What today’s judgement required the Scottish Government to provide however was greater clarity about what information health visitors, teachers and other professionals supporting families will share and receive in their capacity as named person. I am pleased that as a matter of urgency, the Scottish Government will now amend the information on sharing provisions to ensure they comply with the judgement of the Supreme Court.

 

“I welcome that the Scottish Government will work with local authorities, health boards and other public service partners to ensure they have the right level of guidance and support required, ahead of its implementation.

 

“If constituents wish for further information on the scheme, then I invite them to get in touch with my office.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes:

 

The judgement

 

  • Ruled that the principle of providing a named person for every child does not breach human rights and is compatible with EU law
    • Rejected the petitioners’ argument that the legislation relates to reserved matters
    • Ruled that changes are required to the information-sharing provisions of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act to make those provisions compatible with Article 8 of the ECHR.
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