"Hardly any of us knew who the Named Person is in their school. But it’s the same as your guidance teacher. And they help you."

Named Person story

 
 
 
 

There for you

A new law is going to say that every child and young person in Scotland has the right to a Named Person – someone who can support you and your family if things aren’t going well.

For young people, the Named Person would most likely be your guidance teacher or sometimes the head teacher at your school. Guidance teachers and head teachers should already be looking out for your wellbeing and the new law is there to make sure this happens in every school in Scotland.

Read more about the new law.

Named Person

When's it going to happen?

Schools have guidance teachers in place, and some schools in Scotland have already introduced the idea of a Named Person for every child and young person.

Over the next couple of years, every school will need to make sure that children, young people, families and teachers understand about wellbeing and their role in getting it right for every child.

Of course, most families give their children all the love and support they need. But sometimes things can’t be easily sorted out and that’s where the Named Person comes in. It should be someone who can help you – and your family if needs be – to get any help and support you might need to get back on track with your life. It should mean there is one person who co-ordinates any extra support if it’s needed. They might suggest other people you and your family could talk to.

Most likely you won’t notice anything different at school. You’ll only get help from your Named Person if there are any concerns about your wellbeing. You might speak to them yourself, or maybe your parents or family would be involved. Sometimes the Named Person might notice something’s up and ask you if everything’s OK.

If someone else, like a youth worker, was worried about you, they could suggest that you speak to your Named Person as well. That way, there is always one person who knows what’s going on, and can keep an eye on things.

More about the Named Person.

We asked young people what they thought a Named Person should be and do and this is what they said:

They should:

  • Make sure I’m doing OK
  • Sort out fights
  • Get to know you
  • Understand you
  • See your side of the story
  • Be friendly
  • Make time for you
  • If you look worried, they should talk to you
  • Look like they are listening!
  • Only talk to you if you want them to
  • Talk to your parents
  • Do anything and everything to help
  • Be sensitive about what information they share
  • Respect your feelings
  • Make time to see you when you have a problem
  • Don’t treat us differently after we tell you about a problem
  • Guide you
  • Give you stress balls!

They definitely shouldn’t:

  • Have favourites
  • Talk down to you
  • Judge you
  • Jump to conclusions
  • Diss your skirt!
  • Make you cry
  • Interrogate you
  • Blame you
  • Make things worse

Dionne’s story is a good example of when the Named Person might be able to help...
Read Dionne’s account of when she turned to her Named Person

"Eventually Ben plucked up the courage to tell his teacher, Mrs Sweeney, what was happening with his parents at home... "Are you alright, Ben? Is everything fine at home?" asked Mrs Sweeney.
Read Anna's short story about how the Named Person helped Ben.

"It's not about trying to replace the parents' role by placing a Named Person in a young person's life. It just gives them the option to talk to someone outwith the family about any difficulties or problems they may be having."
Annabel