Comment on named person legislation

Children 1st has responded to the Scottish Government's announcement that named person legislation will go ahead with concerns over information-sharing to be addressed.

Alison Todd, Chief Executive, said:

"Families are nearly always best-placed to keep their children safe and well. But the needs of children and their families aren’t fixed, so it’s important to ensure that if difficulties arise, early support is available to prevent things from getting worse. Children 1st have always supported the principle of the named person as a way of providing universal support for children and families at an earlier stage, only if and when they need it.

"Trust and confidence in named persons will be key to them successfully fulfilling their role as a support to families. We very much welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to bring forward legislation and guidance to ensure that named persons share information in the best interests of children and young people in a way which respects their rights and those of their families."