Named Person, Getting It Right For Every Child, Children and Young People (Scotland) Act
Maggie Mellon,Independent consultant on social work practice and public policy.
My four main reasons for opposing the Named Person
Firstly, there is no evidence to support introducing Named Persons in legislation.
Secondly, the legislation does not say what it claims that it does.
Thirdly, this is neither early intervention nor prevention, but it is ‘net widening’.The threshold for intervening in children and families’ lives has been lowered significantly from ‘significant harm’ to any concern about wellbeing without justification. The presumption in favour of sharing intimate information on this lower threshold is in itself a big risk to child and family welfare.
Fourthly’ the state makes a lousy parent, and it needs to get its own house in order for the children who are looked after and those who are known to be in need.