foster care

Report from the 'Getting it right for every child in kinship and foster care' reference group

This report is the outcome of the work of many people across Scotland. Shortly before the publication of the Getting it Right for Every Child in Kinship and Foster care report the Government in Scotland asked BAAF and tFN to set up a Reference Group composed of the main stakeholders in kinship and foster care.

The group worked through the areas identified by the Government in Scotland through five Task Groups each of whom were allocated a specific area of the Strategy to develop.

Kinship carers: possible benefit entitlement and potential issues when claiming benefits

This report aims to describe the benefit system as it applies to kinship care, as well as considering related issues that kinship carers may face when attempting to access their benefit entitlement and an indication of the types of assistance which could enable households to access the benefits system more easily.

Scotland's children: the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 regulations and guidance - Volume 2: children looked after by local authorities

This is the second of four volumes of comprehensive guidance on the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. The Regulations, Directions and Guidance which are included in this and the other volumes are designed to provide guidance on the implementation of Parts II, III and IV of the Act. Volume 2 sets out the legal framework for local authority responsibilities for children who are looked after; home supervision; fostering service; residential care; registration and inspection of certain residential schools; secure accommodation; throughcare and aftercare.

SCIE research briefing 9: Preventing teenage pregnancy in looked after children

The topic of this briefing is the prevention of pregnancy among a specific group: looked after children and young people, who usually live in foster homes, but may also be in residential placements or with family members. Research and policy literature currently focuses on the provision of appropriate and adequate sex and relationship education in conjunction with accessible contraceptive services as the means of reducing teenage pregnancy.

No time to lose : a manifesto for children and young people looked after away from home

Document produced jointly by a number of children's organisations making a series of recommendations for the improvement of children's services throughout Scotland.

Choice protects: support for foster carers

The document provides examples of good practice in supporting foster carers to provide good quality care to looked-after children. These examples can be used by local authorities and independent fostering providers to develop their services for foster carers.

It addresses issues around training and development opportunities for foster carers, involving foster carers in management, providing support, respite and advice for foster carers.

Should siblings who are taken into care always stay together?

Factsheet about the placement of siblings who are the subject of care proceedings. It outlines the legal requirements in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, the factors that must be considered as part of the placement process, and current practice across the United Kingdom.

Getting It Right For Every Child: children and young people's experiences of advocacy support and participation in the Children's Hearings System - big words and big tables

This research project, commissioned by the Scottish Government, looks at how advocacy for children in the Children's Hearings System compares with arrangements in other UK systems of child welfare and youth justice and those internationally, and what children and young people and the professionals who work with them think about advocacy arrangements in the Children's Hearings System and how these can be improved.

Hidden harm: Scottish Executive response to the report of the inquiry by the Advisory Council on the misuse of drugs

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs published 'Hidden Harm' which highlighted the plight of the estimated 41,000-59,000 children in Scotland affected by parental drug use. This resource describes the Scottish Executive's response to the challenges outlined in 'Hidden Harm'.