Named person FOI request & answers given by Highland Council (HC) in RED. Links in BLUE
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT 2002
Q1. Are HC still running the NAME PERSON scheme or has it been paused?
Yes, Highland Council operates the named person role.
Q2. In the time HC have been running this how many children and been put on a child’s plan? Or had the NP involved in their family lives?
That information is not centrally recorded, and it is not possible to provide. We can confirm though, that around 10% of under 5 years olds presently have a health led child’s plan, and around 17% of school aged children have an education led plan.
Q3. How many kids were on the protection register before the NP was implemented?
That would be dependent on the particular date that was selected, but the chart below shows the trend over a number of years.
Q4. Have parents been informed that their kids have a named person? As this is a legal requirement? If so I would like to see the letter or other relevant info that’s been sent to parents.
Parents are routinely informed of the role played by midwives, health visitors and the school at the point of first contact. We have not provided written information for health visitors for some time, but new material is presently being developed. Information regarding schools is routinely included in school handbooks, for example see p15 at: http://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/15739/bishop_edens_handbook.
Q5. What complaints procedure does HC have in place for parents and families? Please provide a copy.
Q6. How many complaints have been received from families about the NP or their conduct?
There have been no known complaints about the conduct of a named person when acting in that role. There are occasional contacts from families who suggest that a member of staff has not acted in that role, but this number is not centrally collated.
Q7. What statutory footing was used for this being implemented 5 years before the act was voted on in parliament?
It is assumed that this question relates to the information sharing provisions. All relevant existing legislation is relevant, and principally the Data Protection Act 1998.
Q2. “not CENTRALLY recorded” So it is recorded then, just not centrally?
ONE IN TEN babies/toddlers? W O W That’s well high.
ONE IN SIX school kids WTF? Are they seriously trying to say that 1/6 are likely being abused & or neglected? REALLY?! (actually 1 in 5.8 but I oh-so-generously rounded up!)
Q3. We are meant to believe that since mid 2006, nationally the number of kids on CP register has gone up by 594. From 2288 – 2882. But in H & Islands, numbers have gone down by ONE THIRD from 120 – 79? Okay then, what ever….. & what the hell happened in 2007-2008? It went from 130 down to only 60. WITHIN ONE YEAR? Did I blink & miss a mass migration? NAE CHANCE those numbers are right!
Q4. They gave Bishop Eden’s handbook as an example. But when I checked a few other schools. NOT ALL have NP info. From the very few I checked, i’d make a very rough guesstimation that approx 65-75% DO mention NP
- Hilton Primary NOTHING
- Ardersier Primary DO mention NP
- Bonar Bridge Primary NOTHING
- Central Primary School NOTHING
- Crown school DO mention NP
- Dalneigh Primary NOTHING
- Fort William Primary DO mention NP
- Kyleakin Primary DO mention NP
- Mallaig High School 2016 DO mention NP
- Tarradle nursery NOTHING
- Spean Bridge Primary DO mention NP
- Ullapool Primary School Handbook DO mention NP
I know for a fact that the school 3 of my children go to HAS NOTHING about NP in their Handbook. I HAVE NOT BEEN INFORMED about NP. Not once!
Those who’d like to have a look.. HC School Handbooks (please note, some schools don’t have a handbook!)
Q6. “No known complaints” Wanna bet? So what’s THIS cause i’m thinking it looks distinctly like a complaint no?! Oh! I see, that’s why they said no KNOWN complaint. What, has he no put it in writing yet??
Q7. “All relevant existing legislation is relevant” So glad we cleared that up. NOW ANSWER THE DAMN QUESTION!
So, there ya have it… Utter bollox from HC!
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