Children looked after by local authorities: legal framework

This report describes key aspects of the law as it applies throughout a child's journey through public care and supervision.

Footnotes for Pathways through local authority care

1 Monteith, M and Cousins, W (2003) 'The Importance of Stability in the Lives of Looked After Children: A Study of Under-5s in Northern Ireland' in Child Care in Practice Vol.9 No. 1 pp 62-72

2 The Scottish Executive launched a review of adoption policy in April 2001. The Adoption Policy Review Group published its first report in 2002 which focused practice considerations: Adoption Policy Review - Report Phase 1 ( ) The second phase of the review examined the legal framework for adoption and reported to Scottish Ministers in June 2005: Adoption - Better choices for our children ( 27140607/07362). The Scottish Executive then consulted on proposals for legislative reform: Secure and safe homes for our most vulnerable children - proposals for action on adoption, fostering and permanence ( ).

3 Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill, introduced on 27th March 2006.

4 C(S)A 1995, section 86

5 C(S)A 1995, section 86(3)

6 C(S)A 1995, section 87(2)

7 C(S)A 1995, section 88

8 Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978, section 12

9 ibid, section 18

10 ibid, section 20

11 C(S)A 1995 17(6)

12 Adoption Agencies (Scotland) Regulations 1996, regulation 21

13 Alexandra Plumtree (personal communication)

14 see Parkinson, P (2003) 'Child Protection, Permanency Planning and Children's Right to Family Life' International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family Vol. 17 (2) pp 147-172

15 Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill, s84

16 Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill, s100

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