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Adoption Written Answer, 01/05/12 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Ken Macintosh's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Executive how it monitors post-adoption support for families; whether it considers that adopted children and young people should continue to be regarded as looked after; and how many adopted children receive support in accessing education.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, replied that the Scottish Government does not routinely monitor the delivery of post adoption support. This is the responsibility of each local authority.

However, the Scottish Government is currently reviewing the Adoption Services Plans provided by local authorities in advance of the forth coming children’s legislation, in part to determine whether changes are needed to how adopters are supported.

The Scottish Government’s priority for all children who are at risk of, or are in care is to provide them with a safe, stable, nurturing and permanent home at the earliest opportunity. For children whose needs are best met by being adopted, the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 makes clear the need to assess and provide for the ongoing needs of each child. Where this is done well a child should not need to be subject to further corporate parenting.

The Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 requires local authorities to assess the need for support, including accessing education. Monitoring of this is a matter for local authorities and this information is not held centrally.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 1 May 2012 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 1 May 2012