If your school already has the Named Person arrangement in place your head teacher or guidance teacher will be able to tell you more.
The Named Person will usually be either a head teacher or a guidance teacher and they are already there to help and support you. The Named Person won’t be a new, different person, it will just reinforce the work a guidance teacher or head teacher already does and make it easier for you (or your family) to get extra help and support if you need it.
It will be up to your school to decide on exactly how things work and to explain this to you.
Many school leavers will be in further or higher education, training or employment, and managing other aspects of their lives with the support of family, friends and community resources. If this is the case for you, you will be unlikely to seek assistance from the Named Person service, or be brought to the attention of the Named Person as needing some support for your wellbeing.
However, even if you are managing well, there may be times when you need some additional support which will prompt you, your parents/carers, or a person who has concerns for your wellbeing, to contact your Named Person. Your local authority will need to have arrangements in place to provide general information or advice, to offer support via a local authority service, or to signpost you to other relevant services.
The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act is an Act of the Scottish Parliament. It’s a set of new laws that aim to help make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up. The new laws should make sure the Scottish Government and public services (like schools, colleges, health services and the police) keep encouraging and supporting children’s rights. It will also make the public services that support children and young people even better. Almost 2,500 children and young people got involved in telling us what they thought about the suggestions for the new law.
Find out more about the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act