Looked after children: Scotland


Researchers at the universities of York, Stirling and Lancaster, in partnership with the Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland (AFA Scotland), have published findings from a series of studies of Scottish Government data looking at pathways and developmental outcomes for looked after children in Scotland. The Pathways study investigated pathways into, through and in some cases out of the looked after system for 1,836 children in Scotland age five years or under who became looked after in 2012-13. The Outcomes study surveyed the social workers and current caregivers of 433 of these children to compare histories, decision-making, progress and outcomes for children who were fostered or adopted. Other studies looked at: decision-making for children who take different pathways to permanent placement, the perspectives of children and their caregivers and a study exploring children’s pathways into foster care.

Source: University of York  Date: 20 June 2019

Further information: Pathways to permanence for children who became looked after in Scotland (PDF)

Children looked after away from home aged five and under in Scotland: experiences, pathways and outcomes (PDF)

Decision making for children (PDF)

Perspectives on kinship care, foster care and adoption: the voices of children carers and adoptive parents (PDF)

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