The named person approach is unlikely to work

Jarvis, Tracey (2016) The named person approach is unlikely to work. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 15 (1). ISSN 1478-1840

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Whilst understanding why the principles of having a 'named person' seems like a good idea, in terms of making named individuals accountable for ensuring young people's needs are being met, I do not think this will work for a variety of reasons. Firstly, this is unlikely to be a consistent figure in a child's life as they grow, develop and as their needs change, which leaves questions about who takes over this leading role – who decides and when. Social workers no longer have the luxury of getting to know their clients well; this is a reality and as case managers they would also be the most likely 'named person'. However, the fact is, most social workers are not given the luxury of having time to support families as much as they need; resources and time are needs-led, and crisis or child protection is paramount.

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