Scottish Daily Mail campaign on Named Persons uncovers a key crisis point – but misses the right question

The Scottish Daily Mail’s robust scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s ill conceived and ill-framed Named Person scheme of universal state guardianship for babies and young people up to legal maturity should take the credit for bringing this serious matter to a far greater national consciousness than it has yet had.

Yesterday, 10th June, the paper highlighted one of the many unsoundnesses in the scheme – who is in charge of the safety of these young people when the teachers who will be the Named Persons for them all from pre-school to leaving school are at home out of hours and on holiday?

Teachers will apparently not act on their Named Person responsibilities out of working hours.

The Scottish Daily Mail article revealed that at Moray Council  – one of the early implementers of he scheme and where an already  appointed Named Person was last year discovered to have an obsessive interest in child sex and was placed on the Sex Offenders Register – eight council workers have been required to take on the out of hours Named Person responsibilities for eighty teachers.

Of course this is daft – and of course this raises all sorts of other issues which the paper noted – like the fact that these council workers would  not be known to or notified to the parents of the children for whom they had become so centrally responsible.

However, the big issue, which the paper failed to identify – is much less the fact that eight council workers have been instructed to cover the out of hour and holiday Named Person duties for eighty teachers [unsustainable as this is] – but the detail of the caseloads being transferred from these eighty teachers to the  hapless eight council workers.

The Named Person who was put on the Sex Offenders Register in Moray had a caseload of 200 children.

The total volume of the responsibilities being transferred is already inoperable and unsafe – if the responsibilities conferred under the scheme are to be taken at all seriously.

But to transfer what must be an outstanding number of children to eight council workers cannot demonstrate more plainly that this madcap initiative simply cannot work.

If the response to this obviously inoperable situation is that there is nothing to worry about because very few of the children will be at risk and requiring constant monitoring – that would be correct.

Its very correctness, however, strips of credibility the argument for the necessity of a universal statutory imposition of a Named Person for every child from birth to legal maturity.

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  • I commented previously that the system would need some sort of 24/7 availability which means having people on 24/7 call. I have done 24/7 callout and even when you only rarely get called out, it is still very intrusive. You are limited in what you can do because you cannot travel too far and obviously can’t drink any alcohol during that time. It is lucrative though as the payment for being on call is good and most weeks you will not need to do anything,

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    Lundavra June 11, 2016 8:28 am Reply
  • We are told the scheme has been piloted successfully for over 8 years, we are told to be quiet when we question this.
    Swinney is at a conference today addressing teachers who are still in the dark when the scheme is to be rolled out in a few weeks time.
    A steering group was set up in 2014, teachers were expressing concerns and the SNP closed discussions down.
    Police too were worried the extra layer was a burden on swift action.
    The whole thing is a shambles.

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    sandie smith June 11, 2016 1:18 pm Reply
  • Daily Mail !!!
    Ultra Rightwing Cobblers.
    Nutters in fact .

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    Nae Fear Here June 11, 2016 2:01 pm Reply
  • Why don’t you address the substance of the article, NFH, instead of trotting out your meaningless nonsense? Like so many children before you, you’ve learnt a new word, in your case “cobblers”, which you believe to be something to do with sex, about which you are clearly ignorant, and so think it very grown up and ‘clever’ to keep on repeating it. It isn’t. It merely confirms your immaturity.

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    Alex McKay June 11, 2016 8:09 pm Reply
    • Arsenal

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      Nae Fear Here June 11, 2016 8:25 pm Reply
    • You haven’t thought this through, there is a strong sexual connection in “Cobblers”.
      “Cobblers” is rhyming slang for “Balls” as in “Cobblers Awls”. Balls as in testicles, I would think.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie June 12, 2016 9:42 am Reply
      • I know that, MM, but does NFH? Indeed, perhaps he is obsessed with his balls because they haven’t yet descended!

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        Alex McKay June 12, 2016 2:30 pm Reply
        • Cucumbers!

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          Nae Fear Here June 12, 2016 3:50 pm Reply
        • Pity there is no way to find who his ‘Named Person’ is.

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          Lundavra June 12, 2016 7:19 pm Reply
  • Yet again English football fans bedmirch the good name of Britain and on the day of our BritannicMajesty’s official birthday. If these idiots had had a named person called Boris they may have rampaged through the sheets of Kensington but would have not alarmed the good people of la Belle France

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    Graeme McCormick June 12, 2016 12:30 am Reply
    • Yes a few weeks earlier Scottish football fans did exactly the same thing perhaps our first minister will be there named person

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      Plugit June 12, 2016 7:13 am Reply
      • Just proved yet again that alcohol and football do not mix.

        The English football supporters seemed to be targeted by large numbers of Russians and French but did not have the sense to just leave the area and avoid confrontation. As usual the foreign police see it as an excuse to crack a few skulls rather than do some organised crowd control. As with the recent Scottish football hooliganism, there seem to be plenty of pictures and video to identify people.

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        Lundavra June 12, 2016 8:54 am Reply
      • Not exactly the same. The Cup Final was a domestic Scottish incident whereas this was an International incident.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie June 12, 2016 9:30 am Reply
        • Correct me if I am wrong but Scottish football is broadcast all over the world

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          Plugit June 12, 2016 9:40 am Reply
          • We’re not talking about football, we’re talking about hooliganism.

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            Murdoch MacKenzie June 12, 2016 9:46 am
        • So it is acceptable to riot at a local match?

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          Lundavra June 12, 2016 11:49 am Reply
  • You have lost me Murdoch at the cup final the hooligans invaded the pitch are you saying these pictures did not go round the world. Stop defending the indefensible we have as many idiots up here as they have in the rest of the world

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    Plugit June 12, 2016 9:58 am Reply
    • Really! My point is very simple. The hooliganism in Scotland was a domestic affair, I’m not condoning it.
      The hooliganism in France involved three Countries. France is under “emergency powers”. There are nightly demonstrations being held across the nation. None of them get much reporting in the MSM.
      The French are not believing everything that is being told to them. While we were delayed at CDG this week, I asked a Frenchman who was sitting next to me on the flight to Edinburgh why the 2G terminal was not being used despite appearing to have been complete for the last six or seven years. He opined that it was because of the extra security measures, it would cost more than the current bussing of passengers from 2E. This made sense to me and then he made a very interesting comment, he said “maybe they will have their next terrorist incident there”. I just smiled and nodded and left it at that, but it reinforced my belief that the French are not being fooled by their Government like the rest of us.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie June 12, 2016 10:44 am Reply
      • In my original post I was just pointing out that England was not the only country to have football hooligans . Now we seem to getting in to government conspiracies . I wonder which government you mean no prizes for guessing

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        Plugit June 12, 2016 11:26 am Reply
    • Yes,and you’re a case in point!

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      Nae Fear Here June 12, 2016 3:49 pm Reply
      • NFE I did not know you new so many big words

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        Plugit June 12, 2016 4:20 pm Reply
        • Supercilious and fraudulent

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          Nae Fear Here June 12, 2016 6:23 pm Reply
  • The troubles in France have,once again, highlighted two of the ugly aspects of British culture.

    The first, obviously, the hooligan problem which seems to be emerging again. Not just in France but in other games like the Scottish Cup final, Europa final and the Millwall play off.

    The second the number of peoole (particularly in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland) who,via social media,demonstrate how blinkered they are by their own prejudice and only focusing on the English involvement .

    No dispute from me that England fans are involved far too regularly and have made themselves obvious targets. The lack of arrests suggests the French police are understandably struggling due to having their resources stretched too thin.

    However there is equal blame to be laid at the hands of French locals and travelling Russian fans. But on social media I would wager a very small percentage of posts made by people in the UK outside England recognise this (despite it being clearly reported). It makes you think they aren’t all that bothered about hooliganism at all. More eager to take the chance to crow and make sweeping statements about the English.

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    Integrity? June 12, 2016 11:23 am Reply
    • The authorities seem to be accepting that the violence at the end of the match was the Russian supporters attacking English supporters, some of who were seriously injured.

      Also the papers have pictures of the wife of one of the England players who was tear-gased by the French police whilst on the way to the match.

      The CRS have always had a terrible reputation though despite that they seem to have been ineffective at controlling the many illegal immigrants in France.

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      Lundavra June 12, 2016 11:56 am Reply
  • The Daily Mail just lies is way through its venom.

    Mind you another guy Cameron put hi big foot in it with Marr this morning. Being a Brit Nat he agreed with Cameron. From 50m.40S saves you listening to Cherie Blairs best chum with plooms in her mooth.

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    No Cheese Here June 12, 2016 1:57 pm Reply
  • ooops — and they have and enormous…….(oil fund) they are doing well because they are 2 wee 2 rich 2 much oil!!!!

    LETS HOPE ruk brexit Scotland remains.

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    No Cheese Here June 12, 2016 2:03 pm Reply
  • Looks like the Yoons have run out of lies to tell,during Indiref2
    Some of us knew they were balloons!

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