Are you working with looked after children and care leavers?

Scottish Government issues new aftercare and continuing care guidance for residential child care workers.

Foster carer with childLocal authority managers and practitioners working with looked after children and care leavers have a duty to prepare looked after young people for life when they are no longer looked after and to provide advice, guidance and assistance to eligible care leavers.

The Scottish Government has produced guidance for local authority managers and practitioners.

This aims to:

  • highlight the legal and ethical responsibilities that local authorities have towards looked after young people and care leavers
  • explain and re-emphasise local authorities’ powers and duties to provide aftercare to young people and care leavers
  • set out a framework for delivering better personal support for Scotland’s care leavers that is based on ongoing personal contact.

Share this guidance on aftercare and continuing care with looked after children, young people, care leavers, carers and families

You can share this guidance with looked after children, young people, care leavers, carers and families, they may find it helpful to find out what they are entitle to. You could prepare information leaflets about all parts of the 2014 Act.

Guidance on Part 10 (Aftercare) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

This guidance explains the changes made by Part 10 (Aftercare) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and how these duties should be delivered.

Guidance on Part 11 (Continuing Care) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

This guidance is designed to help put into practice the Continuing Care requirements introduced by Part 11 the 2014 Act, highlighting issues which local authorities are likely to come across and outlining potential solutions. It is also useful to frontline practitioners, providing an explanation of how the duties should be applied in day-to-day practice.

It cannot provide answers to every unique situation and where appropriate looked after young people and local authorities should seek independent legal advice.

Corporate parents, other individuals and organisations involved in supporting looked after children, young people and care leavers will find this guidance useful.

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