The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 is about improving the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland. The Act is wide ranging and includes key parts of the Getting it right for every child approach, commonly known as GIRFEC.
Most children and young people get all the help and support they need from their parent(s), wider family and community, but sometimes they may need a bit of extra support. The Act gives all children and young people from birth to 18, or beyond if still in school, access to a Named Person to help support their wellbeing.
A Named Person will be a central point of contact if a child, young person or their parent(s) want information or advice, or if they want to talk about any worries and seek support. They can also, when appropriate, reach out to different services who can help.
Access to a Named Person is part of the GIRFEC approach to promote, support and safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people.
Public services in many areas of Scotland already offer this service, which is planned to be available nationally from 31 August 2016.