looked after children

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.

This podcast is part of the Glasgow School of Social Work Research Seminar Series. In this podcast, Kevin Pilkington, talks about parents whose children are looked after away from home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Scottish Government interim guidance to local authorities on assessing the capacity of a child's relatives as potential kinship carers for a looked after child and the support they will require.

The assessment process should help kinship carers to feel more involved and consulted and able to identify the kinds of supports they believe they need to look after the child safely and in a way that promotes the child's best interests.