Named Person Policy

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th September 2016.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

I welcome the point that Gil Paterson made, because it illustrates the fact that many of us have supported the policy and approach for many years. As a long-standing Opposition member I enthusiastically supported our predecessors in bringing forward this policy framework. It is important that the named person policy is set within the long-term policy of getting it right for every child.

To answer Mr Paterson’s specific question, part 3 will come into effect on 7 October and requires local authorities and relevant health boards to have in place their first children’s services plans from 1 April 2017. Those plans will cover a three-year period from that date.