Friday, 23 June 2017

Retraining required for Named Persons

"Changes announced by Deputy First Minister John Swinney as a result of consultation with charities, public bodies and critics of the scheme [but not NO2NP] will require named persons appointed by councils, health boards and other agencies to take into account human rights, data protection law and confidentiality rules before sharing information about a child. "

"The Government has also clarified that accepting advice from a named person is voluntary and a refusal to accept advice or services offered will not in itself be taken as evidence a child is at risk..."

"A financial memorandum attached to the new legislation suggests at least £1 million will be spent on providing cover in schools and health boards for staff needing additional training ahead of Named Persons laws coming into effect in 2018. "

"Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith said: `The named person policy was a huge mistake from beginning to end, which is why the Government has been forced into a major U-turn`. "

"`The Scottish Conservatives believe the revised bill still raises many questions and it also lays bare the extent of the expense to the taxpayer of this ill-conceived policy`."

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