Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Auditor General has Named Person on her radar

[Daily Mail]

"Scotland`s Auditor General has warned the SNP`s controversial `state snooper` scheme is under scrutiny, after signalling her doubts over what it is set to achieve."

"Caroline Gardner has weighed in on the controversial Named Person legislation, saying she expects `clarity` so it can be judged how well it is working."

"The legislation, due to come into force at the end of next month,, has faced criticism for allowing the state to step in over children`s `wellbeing` by assigning a Named Person to every child under the age of 18."

"The Auditor General, who ensures Scotland`s public bodies spend taxpayers` money properly and efficiently, stopped short of criticising the scheme but made clear it is on her radar."

"She said: `With any government policy, we expect to see clarity over what it is intended to achieve and how the government will know it`s progressing as planned`."

"She added that she was not sure there was a `clear enough picture` of how Named Persons could work and said she would keep it `under review`."

"Education Secretary John Swinney has already been forced to refresh guidance for professionals after health visitors and teachers, who will act as Named Persons, raised concerns over a law branded the `most illiberal in Holyrood history`. The total cost to the public purse of the scheme is unknown,, but the SNP has pledged £41.6 million over four years to fund 500 extra health visitors needed to monitor children until they start school. A separate bill will be racked up on training the Named Persons."

(Victoria Allen and Gareth Rose)

See Health visitor shortage spells doom for Named Person

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