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Interim Report on inquiry into decision making on whether to take children into care, 28/03/13 [S]

The Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee has published an interim report on inquiry into decision making on whether to take children into care.

The report’s purpose is to stimulate action on a range of issues on which the Committee has received evidence while the Committee continues with the next stage of its inquiry. The report also makes it clear that lack of resources should never prevent children being taken into care and invites Audit Scotland to consider examining the resource and capacity issues for all types of placements of looked after children.

The Committee report also invites the Scottish Government to:

  • Examine how preventative measures are being used to break the inter-generational cycle of children being looked after and having poor outcomes.
  • Looks at what specific action has been taken to ensure the provision of greater social work support for looked after children at home.
  • Confirm whether it considers the balance between the rights of the child and the rights of the parents in the Childrens’ Hearings system is correct.
For full details see Interim Report on inquiry into decision making on whether to take children into care which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Interim Report on inquiry into decision making on whether to take children into care
Scottish Parliament news release