A three month period of engagement on the named person service will begin immediately, Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed in Parliament today.
The Scottish Government will gather input from practitioners undertaking the named person role, parents, charities, young people, those who support the policy and those with concerns. The Children’s Commissioner and the Information Commissioner will also be involved in discussions.
Mr Swinney said:
“As a Parliament we have made significant progress on the GIRFEC agenda. That progress has been enabled and facilitated by cross-party consensus on what is important and how improvements to the life chances of Scotland’s children and young people can be achieved.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, this Government remains absolutely committed to the named person service. The Supreme Court judgment does not dilute our commitment but it has required us to revise part of the legislation to ensure that it is compatible with the ECHR.
“I am keen to commence the provisions of this Act as early as possible. However I am also keen to pursue an inclusive approach – one that takes this Parliament, stakeholders and the wider public with it."
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