Publication - Guidance

Guidance on Health Assessments for Looked After Children in Scotland

Published: 16 May 2014
Part of:
Health and social care

This guidance has been produced to assist those involved in carrying out health assessments of our looked after children and young people. It sets out the minimum standardised elements of a health care pathway which we would expect Boards to implement in collaboration with local authorities and other organisations.

48 page PDF

672.2 kB

48 page PDF

672.2 kB

Guidance on Health Assessments for Looked After Children in Scotland

48 page PDF

672.2 kB

ISBN 978 1 78412 414 4 (Web only publication)
DPPAS 28350

This document is also available in pdf format (656k)


Ministerial Foreword

Purpose and Aims of Guidance

Section 1: Strategic Context
Looked After Children in Scotland
Policy Context
Child Centred Approach to Care Planning
Corporate Parenting

Section 2: Health Outcomes in Looked After Children
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Health for All Children 4
Dental Health
Health Promotion
Mental & Emotional Health

Section 3: Health Service Responsibilities for Looked After Children (Health Assessment)
CEL 16
Health Board Director with responsibility for looked after children
Child Health Commissioners
Out of Area Placements

Section 4: How to Deliver a Health Assessment
Looked After Children and Young People Health Assessment Pathway
Part 1 - Notification
Referral process to health
Part 2 - Information Gathering
Part 3 - Comprehensive Health Assessment
Objectives of health assessment
Age-appropriate recommended content of health assessment
Specialist assessments
Part 4 - Summary Of Health Needs
Part 5 - Implementing the Health Plan
Implementing Health Services for Looked After Children
Nursing Workforce
Medical Workforce

Section 5: Core Dataset to be Recorded on All Completed Assessments

Annex A: Subset of Data to be captured on all looked after children and young people's health assessments
Annex B: Nursing Workforce - current role descriptions
Annex C: Guidance on information sharing between services in respect of children and young people
Annex D: Links to further information


Email: Carolyn Younie