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Named person couldn't help tot.

Byline: CHARLIE GALL

A TODDLER found dead after his mum repeatedly left him at home had no contact with his "named person" for 17 months.

Clyde Campbell, who died of cot death aged two in 2014, had a health visitor as his named person under a council scheme in Inverness.

But the health visitor only got in touch with the family four times, all in the months after his birth in 2012.

There was contact twice in the weeks after Clyde was born then only two more calls, in April and August of that year, only one of which was answered.

Clyde's mother Amanda Hardie then told the named person to stop contacting her.

Hardie was jailed for 10 months in May for neglecting Clyde by leaving him in their home without adult supervision to go to work or see her boyfriend. The sheriff said she was not to blame for his death.

After Clyde's death, the SNP Government claimed the case "underlined the need" for the named person scheme to be rolled out nationally. Opposition parties have questioned the move.

Highland Council's head of social work, Bill Alexander, said the local named person scheme had helped children and their families.

But he said it only worked if parents co-operated, and Hardie had not.

He stressed that staff other than the named person had worked with Clyde's family in the run-up to his death.

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