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Ethics – Named Person offender

March 2016

One of the inaugural Named Persons of the Scottish government’s controversial scheme has been struck off the teaching register for sharing fantasies about sexually abusing children.

According to a news report, highlighted by the campaign ‘No to Named Persons’ (No2NP), teacher Dayna Dickson-Boath was appointed 14 months ago as a state guardian for 200 pupils.

However, Ms Dickson-Boath was convicted of the offence last August and struck off in February. She may be banned from working with children for life, according to No2NP.

She had held a senior position at a secondary school in Moray, but according to reports, consented to being struck off by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

This was on the charge that, between 8 August 2014 and 10 September 2014, she ‘did send, by means of a public electronic communications network, messages to another person that were grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, in that you did converse regarding the sexual abuse of children’.

The scheme was proposed as part of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act and the Named Persons regime is set to come into force in August this year.

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