SNP’s Named Person scheme on brink of collapse


SNP’s Named Person scheme on brink of collapse (Scotsman)

MSPs have never voted on a bill at stage one without a committee report backing the general principles of the legislation, so the MSPs’ decision will cause a significant delay.

The committee’s stance ignited a row with Education Secretary John Swinney, who has said a code of practice for the Named Person Scheme could not be produced until September next year “at the earliest”.

Some members argued that without one, it was impossible for teachers and others responsible for the scheme to know what their legal responsibilities might be.
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Deputy First Minister John Swinney's bid to salvage the Named Person scheme tonight lay in tatters following a knife-edge education committee vote.

A majority of MSPs on the committee are furious the Scottish Government has not published a detailed code of practice setting out the rules and guidance around the role of teachers and health visitors who will act as Named Persons.

Mr Swinney has previously said this could not be produced until September 2018 "at the earliest" while the committee argues it should reflect changes in data protection law being made by the UK Government next April or May.

Parliamentary rules mean the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill cannot proceed until the education committee report has been completed.