Issues and impact of the Named Person Legislation in Scotland

Rachel Shanks, Scott Peter

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This chapter concerns the new Named Person Service in Scotland. For school-age children the Named Person will be a teacher and their role will be to advise, inform and support the child, young person or their parent, to help them access services or support or discuss or raise a matter about the child/young person with a service or relevant authority. The Named Person Service is an example of systemic, and potentially transformational, change in which teachers and principals play a key part. When in force school principals will be responsible for: protecting children’s welfare and well-being; (trans)forming ever closer working relationships with other agencies and practitioners; keeping parents and families informed about the Named Person Service; adhering to information-sharing legislation and guidance; and involving children in decisions that significantly affect their lives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Education Law for Schools
EditorsKaren Trimmer, Roselyn Dixon, Yvonne Stewart Findlay
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319777511
ISBN (Print)9783319777504
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • named person scheme
  • workload
  • information-sharing
  • inter-agency working
  • family-school communications


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