Publication of The Promise -

The Independent Care review published The Promise, outlining steps to reform the care system in Scotland.

Children in Scotland Act 2020

The act covers many areas including

  • legislation for Local Authorities to have a legal duty to retain relationships between siblings when they aren't living together,
  • involving siblings in Children's Hearings
  • increasing opportunties for children and young people to share views in Children's Hearings in ways they choose. 
  • bring the law more in line with the UNCRC. 

Coronavirus Scotland Act -

introduced temporary measures to care settings including 

  • Increasing the period in which a child can be placed in Secure Care without an order
  • Extending the time frames for reviews and appeals of kinship placements
  • Removing the cap on the number of children that can be placed with a foster carer