Judicial Review rules against challenge to ‘Named Person’


Speaking after the publication of the judicial review into the legality of the ‘named person service’- created by the children and young people (Scotland) Act, which today ruled against a challenge to the provisions of the Act, Aberlour’s Chief Executive SallyAnn Kelly said:

“Aberlour has supported the ‘Named Person’ provisions all along and we welcome Lord Pentland’s verdict. We recognise that this puts into law what should be best practice already and will give every family in Scotland a single point of contact should they ever wish to access support. We’ve worked closely with government to ensure that parents are firmly in control of this relationship and that in the vast majority cases will never have any cause to contact their named person. These changes will ensure that families in difficulty are less likely to slip through the net and instead will be aware that there is someone known to them who is there to help should they need it.

“We understand that this ruling will be disappointing for those who brought the original petition. We will continue to work closely both with them and with Scottish Government, to deal with any concerns they still have, to make these provisions as workable as possible and to ensure their successful implementation.”