Monday, 26 September 2016

Named Persons only take low level notes about children

Published on 26 June 2014

"On 22 June 2014 - The Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay came to South Lanarkshire, relive the colour and excitement of the day with this highlights package that captures the spirit of community events in Lanark, Carluke, East Kilbride, Rutherglen and Hamilton."

It makes you wonder, does it not, why every youngster in this video needs a Named Person guardian to oversee their wellbeing?


Published on 26 September 2016 ( Daily Record)

"Possible changes to the Scottish Government’s controversial Named Person proposals will not affect the current implementation of the scheme in Rutherglen and Cambuslang." 

"The SNP had hoped to introduce the scheme, which assigns a named person guardian to every person under the age of 18, across the country by August of this year, but plans were halted after the Supreme Court raised concerns over whether some of the information sharing provisions would breach the European Human Rights Act..."

"A South Lanarkshire Council spokesman said: `GIRFEC was introduced as an approach to apply across all children and adult, public and voluntary sector services to improve the use of resources and achieve better futures for children`."

"Since about 2009 every child in a South Lanarkshire school had an identified named person from education (head teacher in primary and promoted member of staff in secondary) and all children who have not yet started school had an identified named person from NHS (Health Visitor)."

"Currently this totals approximately 62,000 children and young people..."

"The Lanarkshire pathfinder project was considered to be successful. However the council could not provide any information on how often the service has been used."

"The Reformer understands action often taken as a result of the Named Person service is of a low level, such as a note on school records."

The council say they only deal with children, young people and parents who ask for the service... but if all that asking for the service means is that there is a low level note on a school record, why would any sensible person ask for such a service?

That explanation to justify the Named Person scheme seems very suspicious to me. So I would suggest that every parent and child in this area should ask their Named Person for the information that has been placed in a note on their school record. [SEEMiS]  It is very important that families are able to satisfy themselves that the information placed in the school record has been put there in accordance with the law.

As for SEEMiS, who better to give an account and critique of this system which is designed, as far as I can see,  to database all schoolchildren, than an independent organisation like Schoolhouse.

By the way, the diagram that Schoolhouse produces says it all.


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