First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has refused to clarify whether murdered toddler Liam Fee had a “named person”.
Liam was murdered by his mother Rachael and her partner Nyomi Fee in Fife.
A pilot version of the named person scheme, due to be rolled out across Scotland from 31 August, has been running at Fife Council since 2009.
Political opponents have been highly critical of the scheme, but Ms Sturgeon warned against “trying to make political points” over the tragedy.
Fife Council said the system it had in place at the time of two-year-old Liam’s death in March 2014 was not the same as the named persons legislation which will come into force Scotland-wide.
(I smell BULLSHITE. What we are meant to believe is that it’s a SEVEN YEAR LONG “pilot scheme” AYE RIGHT!! What exactly have NP been doin for 7 years then? & why are you collecting all this data at Darlington Social Research Unit & why does Nicola feel the need to blatantly lie about NP? I mean, It’s only a “pilot scheme” after all… And that’s before I even start on THIS)
The scheme gives every child a point of contact – but critics claim it is unnecessary state interference in family life.
Liam suffered a catalogue of cruelty at the hands of his mother and her partner, who have been convicted of his murder.
Questioned by BBC Scotland on whether Liam Fee had a named person, Ms Sturgeon said she was
“not going to get into the specifics” of the case “at the moment”. She added: “While there are debates to be had about the substance of our child protection legislation and about the named person policy, and I respect the different views that there are on these things, I really do think all politicians should be cautious about trying to make political points about the kind of tragedy we have seen in this case. So there will be lessons undoubtedly to be learned from the Liam Fee case, but it’s right we learn them in the proper case of events.”
Meanwhile, a senior social worker has raised concerns that other children could be suffering abuse similar to that endured by Liam Fee.
Trisha Hall, manager of the Scottish Association of Social Workers, was asked on BBC Radio Scotland if the same could be happening to other children.
“It could,” she said. “But I certainly hope not.”
Speaking to the Good Morning Scotland programme, said:
“We can’t be sure – we’re not an exact science. At the end of the day we rely on the public, we rely on colleagues in the services we work very closely with, we also rely on their knowledge of identifying neglect which, in itself, is a particularly difficult area to focus on.”
Ms Hall gave the named person scheme a very cautious welcome.
She said: “We were fairly critical at it at the very beginning because we are really concerned that it is yet another system that people have to adhere to and it’s yet another person that the finger of blame can be pointed at.
“If it saves any child then, of course, it is helpful. We understand that in the pilot in Highland, it was successful. At the end of the day, we think we should be engaging with parents. I’m still not 100% convinced that the named person legislation is the answer but if it saves only one child – then fair enough.”
(Successful in the Highlands? REALLY?? Tell that to Clyde, Isabelle & Lewis.. But you can’t, because heartbreakingly, they are all dead!! See list below)
During the seven-week trial of Rachel and Nyomi Fee, the court heard that concerns were raised about the welfare of the toddler with the authorities on at least four separate occasions.
But it also heard from a Fife social worker who admitted that his case “fell off the radar”.
A significant case review has been set up to review all the circumstances leading up to Liam’s death.
Ms Hall said it was uncommon for children to slip through the net.
“I think it’s fair to say that we hear of many examples of social work doing an excellent job,” she said. “It is rare for children to fall off radars.”
She said budgets had been cut and social workers were under increasing pressure, with some struggling to deal with more than 50 cases. source BBCNEWS
HORRIFICALLY it isn’t just Liam..
What about these kids? (This is not a complete list, only what I have found so far)
*ALL LIVED IN AN AREA NP WAS IN PLACE WHEN THEY DIED*
Where was their Named Person?
- Caleb Ness FIFE 10/2001
- Madison Horn FIFE 04/2014
- Daniel Perry FIFE 07/2013
- Hayley Davidson FIFE 02/2016
- Liam Fee FIFE 03/2014
- Scott Chirashi FIFE 12/2014
- Mikaeel Kular FIFE 01/2014
- Zaiidyn Burke FIFE 10/2012
- INAYAH AHMED CNTRL 05/2016
- Clyde Campbell HLND 02/2015
- Isabelle Cowley HLND 07/2011
- Lewis Macpherson HLND 04/2014
- ATTEMPTED murder FIFE 2011
- Darlington Social Research Unit: Transforming Children’s Services #no2np
- Daily Account Of #LiamFee Murder Trial: updated 01.06.16
- When The State Ignores Narcissism #no2np
- Liam Fee Murder Trial Day 33+1: Whistleblower Had Gut-Wrenching Feeling (updated 01.06.16)
- What can happen when a Named Person reports on your children
- NAMED PERSON SUPREME COURT APPEAL HEARING 2016
- Teacher appointed first Named Person state guardian struck off (paedo!)
- 23% Of Scots Back Named Person Scheme. #Sco
- Nicola Sturgeon ‘misleading parents over state guardians’ #Sco
- Pupils face HOME QUIZZES under SNP’s Named Person
- By Aug 31st 2016, EVERY CHILD IN SCOTLAND will have a Named Person LIKE IT OR NOT
- The named person will safeguard children from abuse. REALLY??
- COMMON PURPOSE BEHIND THE SNPs NATIONAL ID CARDS?