The Scottish government is proposing a bill that would appoint a government supervisor to oversee every child in the country from birth onward.
Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell said that under the Children and Young People Bill, the responsibility for appointing a “named person” for each child from birth, will lie with local health boards. These persons, who will be social or health workers, will “promote, support or safeguard the well-being of the child or young person.”
There have been very few reservations about the bill raised in Scotland’s devolved parliament at Holyrood.
The Iona Institute, a conservative think tank, noted that most of the MLAs have voiced only procedural concerns such as how social workers are going to oversee their new charges and how many children will be assigned per “named person.”
Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw only suggested the measure is “a very huge enterprise.”
“How many named persons do you anticipate there will be? What will the turnover be in named persons? And how in practice does that really establish a bond of confidence on which people feel they can rely?” he asked.
Aileen Campbell responded, “It is important to realize that while there will be a named person for every child, not every child will need interaction with that named person.”
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