New Regulations Mean Increased Protection for People in Residential Child Care (news release 5/10/09)

16 October 2009

New regulations now mean that as of 1 October 2009 all residential child care workers in Scotland must now be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) or another relevant regulatory body. Over 4,000 residential child care managers, supervisors and workers have now registered with the SSSC bringing the total number of registered social service workers to 30,000. Registration numbers have continued to rise over the last few years since the introduction of required registration for social workers, social work students and now residential child care workers. Required registration means workers in these areas must be registered with the SSSC or another relevant regulatory body. To register with the SSSC workers are required to have, or gain, qualifications and must also provide evidence of good character and agree to abide by the Code of Practice for Social Service Workers

Pathways Survey results (news item 14/10/09)

16 October 2009

The Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum wanted to learn how the Pathways planning process has evolved across Scotland since the leaving care regulations 2003 introduced it, and get some measure of what difference it has made for young people leaving care. This survey, 'Pathways Your Way' is based on responses from 15 local authorities and findings include: - two thirds of local authorities have adapted their own versions of the Pathways materials; in two thirds of local authorities, young people looked after at home do not have Pathways Plans; less than half of local authorities felt that all corporate parent agencies [e g health, housing, education, careers] are actively involved in Pathways Planning; most local authorities felt that Pathways Plans do help identify and secure resources for young people.

The Views and Experiences of Children and Families Involved in the Children's Hearings System in Scotland

16 October 2009

Over 40,000 Children’s hearings are held in a year. This research explored the views and experiences of children and young people, their parents and carers attending Hearings to identify what aspects are working and areas for improvement. The research used two approaches: - a national survey of children and families attending Hearings in a two week period in November 2008. 630 individuals took part - 37% children and young people (aged 5 - 17 years) and 63% adults: in depth qualitative interviews with 37 of those who had participated in the national survey - 13 children and young people (aged from 10-17 years), 10 parents, 8 foster carers and 6 kinship carers. The Hearing System is in general currently working well with some areas for improvement inclduing: - some continuity of Panel Members between Hearings and only one Reporter dealing with all aspects of their case; communication and support for younger children to prepare them for Hearings; children & young people being encouraged to complete the “Having Your Say” form, as less than half of children & young people had done this and those who had found it valuable in providing their views; volume & content provided in Hearing papers which needs to be reduced; number of people present at Hearings (e.g. observers) and need to preserve privacy of proceedings; children & young people’s understanding of their rights; make format of hearing less intimidating and “court like”; kinship carers receive little support to prepare them for hearings and have little understanding of the System.