The Scottish Government have defined two roles - The ‘Named Person’ and the ‘Lead Professional.
North Ayrshire has implemented the roles and responsibilities of a Named Person within our practice and processes. It has been agreed from Birth till the child goes to school (Primary 1) it would be the child’s Health visitor, or if the Child’s mother is a young person it may be a Family Nurse.
When the child starts school, the Named Person will be a teacher in a promoted post. So in Primary school this is likely to be a Head Teacher and in Secondary school it will probably be a Depute, Guidance or Principle Teacher.
Even if a child or young person is not going to school they will still have a Named Person up till they are 18 years of age.
If anyone has a worry or concern regarding a child or young person they can ask these five questions to determine what additional support may be needed.
The questions are:
- What is getting in the way of this child or young person’s wellbeing?
- Do I have all the information I need to help this child or young person?
- What can I do now to help this child or young person?
- What can my agency do to help this child or young person?
- What additional help – if any – may be needed from others?
The person acting as the point of contact for the child and their family has the responsibility to provide what support they can, or request assistance from others who can provide the support the child/young person needs. Requests for a particular service should be sent to the ‘Named Person Service’ using the request for assistance Form.
There are some circumstances where children’s needs involve two or more agencies working together delivering support to the child and family. Where this happens a Lead Professional will be needed.
This Lead Professional would co-ordinate support for the child, and with the child, carer and other professionals, they would put together a Child’s Plan.
For further information on these two roles please download the specific guidance.