Document produced jointly by a number of children's organisations making a series of recommendations for the improvement of children's services throughout Scotland.
Report recording the opinions and concerns of parents about how councils look after their children, how it feels to have a child in care and the level of support parents receive from social care services.
These standards were developed to improve the quality of care and service for those in foster care. The standards cover the following activities: recruiting, selecting, approving, training and supporting foster carers; matching children and young people with foster carers; supporting and monitoring foster carers; and the work of agency fostering panels and other approval panels. The standards do not apply to the services provided directly by foster carers themselves.
Publication reviewing examples of both innovative and established fostering practice in the UK with a view to encouraging all who work in the field to reflect on their own practice.
Leaflet on the Scottish Government website for service users about the National Care Standards for Foster Care and Family Placement Services.
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.
These regulations set out the requirements by law for the approval of foster carers by local authorities; the placement of foster children; arrangements with voluntary organisations and the retention and confidentiality of case records for foster carers and children.
The appointment, composition and function of fostering panels is also laid out and the Schedules include information required from prospective foster carers and the requirements of placement agreements.
The national care standards for adoption agencies have been developed to ensure that the services they provide are of high quality. They provide comprehensive guidance on the expected duty of care and service that adoption agencies should provide throughout the adoption process.
Report presenting the results of a survey of children's own experiences of the social care system in England. It focuses particularly on six topics, namely bullying, having a say in what happens to them, making complaints and suggestions, education, care planning for those in care and leaving care.