looked after children

Fostering resilience

The aim of this learning object is to introduce learners to a structured approach to the assessment and promotion of resilience in vulnerable children.

Looking after the family: a study of children looked after in kinship care in Scotland

Kinship care is seen as a complex solution to serious family problems. It demands an equally sophisticated and varied response from professionals if the welfare of children in the care of relatives and friends is to be safeguarded and promoted.

The government's response to the Kent Report on Children's Safeguards Review

This response to the Children’s Safeguards Review by Roger Kent sets out the Government’s proposals for improving the quality of care for children who are looked after away from home.

This includes the recruitment, selection and vetting of residential child care staff; training of residential care staff; their registration and inspection; the inter-relationship with education child protection; support for children in boarding schools; investigation and monitoring of children in prison, refuges and helping young abusers.

Investing to save: why it's important to invest in placement services for looked after children

Leaflet highlighting four case studies of the 'invest to save' strategy which is a coherent, planned approach to investing in the development of placement services for looked after children so that unnecessary expenditure is avoided and available resources are used as efficiently as possible.

Higher aspirations, brighter futures : NRCCI commissioning report

Report making recommendations for the development of an agreement of expectations between local authorities and their providers in Scotland to ensure effective commissioning of services which lead to the best outcomes for children and young people.

Care experienced young people

Video in which one young person in care tells of the challenges he faced in care, the positive experiences that changed his life and his desire to improve the system for others.

Children looked after by local authorities: the legal framework

This report describes key aspects of the law as it applies throughout a child’s journey through public care and supervision, and what this means for the children, their families and carers, and the agencies responsible for safeguarding and promoting their welfare. It ends with some comments on how well the legal framework supports good care for looked after children.

National accommodation strategy for young people displaying sexually harmful behaviour: good practice working document

Guidance document laying out the arrangements which should be implemented to manage the risks presented by young people exhibiting harmful sexual behaviour and who are living independently but not being managed within MAPPA. It also acts as a framework for effective multi-agency working between agencies involved with this group, especially social workers and housing providers.

Action for Children's work with children in care: the value of therapeutic treatment

Briefing paper stressing the importance of therapeutic treatment for children in care and offering examples of how this can best be done.

The educational attainment of looked after children: local authority pilot projects - final research report

A research report identifying interventions that appeared to make the most differences in terms of both the educational experience and the educational outcomes of the looked after children and young people participating in the pilot projects.

The report was produced by Strathclyde University and published by the Scottish Government.