Permanently Progressing? Building secure futures for children in Scotland
Permanently Progressing – Building secure futures for children in Scotland
This is the first study to investigate decision making, permanence, progress, outcomes and belonging for children in Scotland who became looked after at home or were placed away from their birth parents when they were aged five years and under. Phase One ran from 2014-2018, and was designed to be the first phase in a longitudinal study, following the cohort of 1,836 children who became looked after in 2012-13 into adolescence and beyond.
Phase One involved a team from the Universities of Stirling (Dr Helen Whincup, PI; Dr Margaret Grant, Research Fellow; Jade Hooper, Research Assistant, Dr Alison Hennessy, Lecturer), York (Professor Nina Biehal, Co-PI) and Lancaster (Dr Linda Cusworth, Co-investigator), in collaboration with Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland(AFA).
Phase One of the study had five strands and there is a report and summary for each strand, together with an information sheet for children, with an accompanying audio recording.
Pathways to Permanence for children who become looked after in Scotland: This analysed the CLAS data for 1836 children over four years. The report presents detailed information on their routes to permanence and the timescales.
Linking two administrative data sets about looked after children: Testing feasibility and enhancing understanding: Data on children is collected by the Scottish Government (CLAS data) and by Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration (SCRA). For the first time this study linked CLAS and SCRA data on 1000 children. This reports describes the process and the findings.
Children looked after away from home aged five and under in Scotland: experiences, pathways and outcomes: This presents findings from detailed questionnaires (433 social workers and 166 carers) alongside the CLAS data. It provide valuable information about the circumstances of children and their families before they were accommodated, their pathways, current status and current wellbeing.
Decision making for children: 160 decision makers across Scotland (including social workers, members of Children’s Hearings and Reporters to the Children’s Hearing) were interviewed about their perspectives on decision making.
Perspectives on kinship care, foster care and adoption: the voices of children, carers and adoptive parents: 20 carers and adoptive parents were interviewed, and 10 children aged 3-9 years participated in ‘play and talk’ about their experiences.
Information sheet for children