Children and young people under the care and supervision of a Local Authority are referred to as “Looked After Children”.
Looked After Children fall into two categories:
These are children who are made subject to a Compulsory Supervision Order via the Children’s Hearing system, but remain at home with their families receiving support and assistance to address the grounds of referral that led to their attendance at a Children’s Hearing. See SCRA links above for more information.
The principal statutory legislation that outlines the local authority's responsibilities towards "looked after children" are the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 and the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007:
Sees children and young people looked after and accommodated usually with foster carers, at the request of their parents. It is therefore a voluntary agreement.
This is the statute by which children become subject to Compulsory Supervision Orders (either at home or accommodated through the decision of a Children’s Hearing).
Refers to those small numbers of looked after children who are subject to Permanence Orders as they are unable to be returned to their parents care and have required the local authority to undertake some parental rights and responsibilities.
All looked after children are obliged to have their Care Plans reviewed on a regular basis. This is defined under Section 31 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.
It is current practice to involve and invite all professionals involved with a child and their family, in order to progress the best possible planning for each child or young person and their circumstances.
Each child or young person has an allocated Social Worker to coordinate and report on the progress of their Looked After Care Plan, with the guiding principal being that the plan should help to ensure that they are only looked after for as long as necessary and beneficial for them.
For statistical information, you can refer to the links below:
Child Care Services
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 225000 / 450000