Controversial Named person scheme scrapped

07 November 2019

The Scottish Government has scrapped its controversial plan to appoint a named person to safeguard the welfare of every child in the country.

The scheme, which would have seen a named person – usually a teacher or health visitor – act as a clear point of contact for every child from birth until the age of 18, was due to be introduced three years ago, but has been beset by criticism and legal challenges.

A 2016 Supreme Court ruling found the scheme’s proposals breached the right to privacy and a family life under the European Convention on Human Rights, so an expert panel was appointed to look again at the scheme – but was unable to find a workable solution.

John Swinney, deputy first minister, announced that the scheme would be repealed and existing voluntary services used. 

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