Care and permanence planning for looked after children in Scotland

Date: 20th June 2011
Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care
Author: Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration

Delays in decision making and obtaining a permanent home can mean poorer outcomes for children. SCRA carried out research on the processes of care and permanency planning for looked after children in Scotland to identify areas for improvement.

The research followed the pathways of 100 children from the point they were first identified as at risk, to the point of adoption or permanence, by examining the SCRA case files and court process records.

SCRA has also produced a supplementary report to the main research. This additional analysis looked in detail at the cases of 44 children who were identified as at risk at or before birth.