3. Wider policy context
Following the Independent Care Review in Scotland, the Promise report was published in 2020 and Scottish Ministers are fully committed to Keeping the Promise. The Scottish Government published a Keeping the Promise implementation plan in March 2022.
The realisation of the Promise means significantly reducing the number of children and young people living away from their families and includes reducing the number of all cross-border placements, including those into Scotland and those involving DOL orders – to an absolute minimum.
Cross-border placements should therefore only occur in exceptional circumstances, where the placement is in the best interests of an individual child and appropriate safeguards are put in place to ensure that the cross-border DOL order placement works effectively and protects the rights, interests, and needs of the child.
The Regulations are an interim step, necessary to better regulate cross-border DOL placements of children and young people on DOL orders into Scottish residential care. The Scottish Government is committed to introducing broader, longer-term measures to address the wider consequences and implications of cross-border placements in Scotland through the forthcoming Children's Care and Justice (Scotland) Bill (see Children's Care and Justice Bill – consultation on policy proposals).
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