The Network’s November presentation will be given by Harla Octarra, a PhD Candidate in Social Policy, on the timely policy issue of Scotland’s Named Person scheme and what it means for social workers and local authorities.
When: Wednesday, 23 November 2016 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Practice Suite, Room 1.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building
15 George Square, University of Edinburgh
The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 establishes that all children and young people under the age of 18 in Scotland will have a Named Person. The Named Person will be a clear point of contact for children, young people and their parents when they require advice and support. At the moment, the implementation of this scheme is being delayed due to UK Supreme Court decision against its information sharing provisions. Although this presentation will not address the law debate about the scheme, because the judgement requires changes to the legislation in relation to the sharing of information provisions of the Act, there can be no better time to discuss the issues arising from the introduction of the Named Person. The presentation will focus on the issues at practice level; particularly on how the scheme is affecting the work of professionals (who are going to be Named Person) in education setting. This draws from research experience in 1 Local Authority over the course of 8 months in 2015.