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Foster Care Written Answer, 22/06/15 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Liam McArthur's (LD) question asking the Scottish Government what action it has taken in light of reports that two in five fostered teenagers are living with their third foster family since going into care.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod, replied that the Scottish Government recognises the need for all children and young people, including those who are in care, to live in a safe, secure, permanent, nurturing home. Regrettably, we know that too many children and young people in care experience drift and delay leading to multiple placements.

The Scottish Government is working with the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland to deliver our Permanence and Care Excellence (PACE) programme, which brings together partners including local authorities, children’s hearings, health, education and the courts to look at how they can improve systems and practice to deliver perman ence more quickly for looked after children and young people. PACE uses improvement methodology to identify and test changes to get rid of drift and delay in the system. It is currently working in Aberdeen City, Renfrewshire and Aberdeenshire and aims to e xpand to a further four areas in 2015 - 16

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 22 June 2015 which is available form the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 22 June 2015