Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

New standards launched in Scotland protecting the rights of children in secure care

The Scottish government has produced new national standards which set out the support that children should expect from professionals when in secure care.

The support that should be provided to protect the rights of vulnerable children and young people before, during and after community or secure care is set out in The Secure Care Pathway and Standards Scotland for the first time.

Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd said: “Going into care is distressing. Some children will not be able to show their feelings or to talk about what they are going through. That is why it is important that we have systems in place that make transitions less traumatic.

“The standards are fully co-produced by young people living in secure care and those with care experience and are written from the child’s perspective to ensure young people’s voices are heard, their rights are adhered to and they are treated with respect,” she added.

When implemented, the new standards will deliver a consistent, unified approach to caring for this vulnerable group in all local authority areas.

Secure care staff, local government, the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) as well as children and young people in care and with experience of care were involved in developing the standards.

Beth-Anne Logan, a care experienced young person, who has been involved in developing the standards said: “These standards are critically important as they show both professionals working in the sector and young people and their families what standard of care, they should expect to have should they enter secure care. They focus on the child's journey before, during and after secure care and how that should look and feel.

“Growing up in secure care, we wish we had a tool such as the standards to help us know our rights and what to expect off the people caring for us as secure can be a scary place sometimes - especially when you first move in there. These standards should be a beacon of hope and we should all be striving for the best care possible for Scotland's children.”

Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd added: “The standards reinforce our commitment to the Scottish Government’s Getting it Right for Every Child policy, supporting the incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the important asks of the Independent Care Review Promise published earlier this year. Above all our young people must feel safe, loved and cared for in a compassionate nurturing environment.”

Secure Care Pathway and Standards Scotland
https://www.securecarestandards.com/



Make an enquiry

A multi-disciplinary organisation providing independent, high quality social work and psychological services. Contact us with your requirements and speak to a member of our team who will help you today.
Make an Enquiry

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Alarming rise in self-generated material online

10/06/2021

An alarming rise in the amount of self-generated material where children have been tricked or groomed by sexual predators has been unearthed by the Internet Watch Foundation.

New data shows online content of children being tricked into sexually abusing themselves on camera for predators has more than doubled in the first few months of the [...]

Read Full Story

Number of children placed on child protection plans for CSA has plummeted by 60%

10/06/2021

The number of children placed on a child protection plan for Child Sexual Abuse in England and on the child protection register for CSA in Wales has dropped by 60% over the past two decades, according to new research.

The scale and nature of child sexual abuse: Review of evidence by the Centre for expertise [...]

Read Full Story

Ofsted Review: Sexual harassment has been normalised in schools

10/06/2021

Around nine in 10 girls spoken to by Ofsted as part of its review into safeguarding in schools said that sexist name calling and being sent unwanted explicit content happened either ‘a lot’ or ‘sometimes’.

The review, which also found that boys share content of nude girls between them like a collection game, found that [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram