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New strategy to improve services for looked after children in Scotland

Published: 27.11.15

Fiona Aitken, Adoption UK’s Development Manager Scotland, responds to the Scottish Government’s new Strategy for Looked After Children and Young People.
New strategy to improve services for looked after children in Scotland

Fiona said: “Adoption UK in Scotland welcomes this new strategy and the way in which it recognises the need for timely decisions to be made for the benefit of the children who are required to be looked after in care.

Multiple moves in care are one of the risk factors for adoption disruption so a reduction in placement moves will strengthen the chances of children who achieve permanence through adoption having better outcomes.

While the journey to permanency must be a process of thorough assessment it is so important to keep the child’s needs at the heart of all decision-making. This strategy clearly recognises the importance of the impact of these decisions on the child’s future wellbeing.

But we know adopted children and their adoptive parents in Scotland require better support. We recently made a call for our members to get in touch with their MSPs to push for improved adoption support and for better learning support for our children in schools. Adoption helps children catch up but many need timely access to the right professional support. More needs to be done to achieve this.”

You can read more about the new Strategy for Looked After Children and Young People by clicking here.