Named Person

All children from birth to the age of 18 years will have access to a Named Person. The Named Person will be available to listen, advise and help a child, young person and their family, providing direct support or helping them to access other services.

You do not have to use the services of a Named Person but organisations will have a legal duty to make a Named Person available, and the Named Person will respond to concerns for a child’s wellbeing. They will usually be employed by the health board or Local Authority; they are not a social worker. Each responsible authority must publish details about how the Named Person service operates, how to contact a Named Person, and how to make a complaint relating to a Named Person.

The Named Person, can advise and provide information or support to the child, young person or parent/carer directly. They can also help the child, young person or parent/carer to access support from other services if they need it. Where there are concerns over a child’s wellbeing the Named Person can use the National Practice Model to assess, record and review. At all times the child, young person or parents/carers must be involved in the process. They must work together to find solutions and support. If a risk is identified the Named Person must take action to follow child protection procedures, speak to other providers and refer to the Children’s Reporter where appropriate.

Stage of life Named Person
Pre birth Midwife
Birth-Pre school Health Visitor
Primary School Head Teacher/Deputy Head, Principal Teacher
Secondary School Head Teacher/Deputy Head, Principal Teacher