Supreme Court ruling on Named Person service: what you need to know

Today the UK Supreme Court ruled on a failed bid to scrap the Named Person service.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Supreme Court states the aim of the legislation, in promoting and safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people, is “unquestionably legitimate and benign”.

  • The judgment ruled that the principle of providing a named person for every child does not breach human rights and is compatible with EU law.

  • The ruling requires greater clarity about the basis on which professionals supporting families – like health visitors and teachers – share and receive information in their named person role. The Scottish Government will start work on this immediately.

  • The Scottish Government pledged to continue to work with public services and children’s charities to ensure the roll out of the scheme.


Find out the facts about Named Person here.