Article in Support of Named Person from previous Policy Lead

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Calum Munro may have retired from the position of Policy Lead at HCF, but he has not given up campaigning for children and young people with additional support needs and their families.

Calum had an article published in Third Force News: Playing Politics with the Named Person appealing to politicians of all parties to respond to the evidence of need and benefit of the Named Person to families whose young people have additional support needs, and to put that evidence before appealing to a populist movement against the Named Person fueled by misinformation.

HCF contributed to the development of the Named Person approach in response to the experience of families who wanted one point of contact, someone who had a responsibility to act on their behalf. Getting it Right is a partnership approach working with families in a consensual way. The responsibilities of the parent carers do not change and there should be no invasion of family privacy. The law about data protection is the same, information will not be shared without the consent of the families unless there is risk of harm or a crime has been commited.

The child is at the centre and the Named Person has a role to make sure the child and parents are listened to and that services respond. For those families who need support repeating their story and going from pillar to post should stop.

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Highland Children’s Forum is a registered charity set up in 2000, created by the parent carers of children with additional support needs. The Forum aims to ensure that the voices of children and young people with additional support needs are heard in the design and provision of services in Highland.

Highland Children’s Forum is a voluntary association and a Scottish Charity and we operate under Charity Number SC031945.

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