Statutory guidance on Part 9 (Corporate Parenting) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Guidance issued by Scottish Ministers under section 63 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 to provide corporate parents with information and advice.


1. Scottish Government (published annually) Children's Social Work Statistics, Edinburgh; Meltzer, H, et al (2004) The mental health of young people looked after by local authorities in Scotland, London: TSO.

2. Furnivall, J (July 2013) Understanding suicide and self-harm amongst children in care and care leavers, IRISS Insights No. 21, Glasgow

3. Broderick. R, McCoard. S & Carnie. J (January 2014) Prisoners who have been in care as 'looked after children' 2013: 14th Survey Bulletin, Scottish Prison Service, p.5

4. Calculation based on General Records Office Mid-Year Population Estimates 1981-2013, and Children Looked After Statistics, multiple years (figures for 'total numbers of Looked After Children' and 'eligible for aftercare services')

5. Definition is adapted from Sonia Jackson's definition of 'parenting' presented in M. Davies (ed) (2000) The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Social Work, Oxford, Blackwell, and cited in the Scottish Government (2008) These Are Our Bairns: A Guide for Community Planning Partnerships on Being a Good Corporate Parent.

6. List of Executive Agencies correct at date of publication, April 2015

7. List of Special Health Boards correct at date of publication, April 2015

8. For further information about establishing 'ordinary residence' of looked after children, please refer to: Scottish Government (March 2013) Chief Executive Letter 03: Establishing the Responsible Commissioner: Guidance and Directions for Health Boards, p.19

9. For further information on the national Getting it Right for Every Child approach, please see the relevant section of the Scottish Government website:

10. For further information please see Chapter 5 (Responsible Local Authority) of the Supporting Young People Leaving Care in Scotland: Regulations and Guidance on Services for Young People Ceasing to be Looked After by Local Authorities

11. For details of the UNCRC articles, and what they mean in Scots law, please see the relevant web pages of Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People:

12. "Relevant authority" is defined in Part 5 as any health board, local authority, the managers of any grant-aided school or the proprietors of any independent school.

13. Department for Education and Skills (2003) If this were my child … A Councillor's guide to being a good corporate parent, London

14. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education & Social Work Services Inspectorate (2003) Learning with Care, Glasgow

15. Social Work Inspection Agency (2006) Extraordinary Lives: Creating a positive future for looked after children and young people in Scotland, Edinburgh, p.96

16. Scottish Government (January 2007) Looked After Children and Young People: We Can and Must Do Better, Edinburgh, p.7

17. Scottish Government (2009) CEL 16 (2009), Edinburgh

18. Scottish Government (2014) Guidance on Health Assessment for Looked After Children and Young People in Scotland, Edinburgh, p.1


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