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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 19 – Named person service

51.Subsections (1) and (5) define “named person service” as meaning the service of making available an individual from within named person service providers who carry out the functions in order to promote, support or safeguard the wellbeing of the child or young person. They will do this through a number of activities, including: advising, informing or supporting the child or young person or their parent; helping them to access a service or support; or discussing or raising a matter about that child or young person with a service provider or relevant authority.

52.Subsections (2) and (3) provide that individuals can only be identified for the named person service if they are an employee of the service provider, or are either a person, or employee of a person, who carries out functions on behalf of the service provider. Individuals must also satisfy such requirements as to qualifications, training and experience as the Scottish Ministers may specify by order.

53.Subsection (4) provides that the named person function cannot be carried out by a parent of the child or young person. Subsection (6) provides that the named person functions are not to be exercised in relation to a matter arising at a time when a child or young person is subject to service law as a member of the reserve forces. But this does not prevent the named person functions from being exercised in relation to other aspects of the life of the child or young person.

54.Subsections (7) and (8) state that the named person functions are carried out on behalf of the service provider and the responsibility for carrying out the named person function lies with the service provider and not with the individual named person. So any legal action in respect of failure would lie against the service provider and not the named person.

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