Secure care

Induction & assessment


Responsibilities throughout the young person’s period in secure care

For young people on remand

Management of the young person’s placement in secure care is the responsibility of the local authority where the young person ordinarily resides.

For sentenced young people

Young people sentenced under section 44 Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995: management of the young person’s placement is the responsibility of the local authority where the young person ordinarily resides.

Young people sentenced under section 205(2) or section 208 Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995: the CYP Placement Manager manages the young person’s sentence to ensure they receive the treatment and support they require to reduce risk of reoffending and to aid their rehabilitation and return to the community.

For young people subject to Compulsory Supervision Orders (CSOs)

For the duration of this Order, the duties detailed in concurrent orders must be fulfilled.

For all young people

Child’s Plan

The Child’s Plan should move with the young person to secure care and be the basis for planning interventions to achieve the above. The Lead Professional is responsible for maintaining this plan.

Initial reviews

Reviews should be held for all young people entering secure care within 72 hours, although research by Nolan (2015a) highlighted issues with the frequency of completion. For young people subject to CSOs, this will be a looked after review (as outlined under regulation 41 The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009).

The purpose of initial reviews include:

Initial reviews should:

The guidance on reviews for young people sentenced under section 44 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 varies slightly (see Scottish Office, 1997). The above arrangements are however good practice in all cases.

Assessment

The initial 12 weeks in secure care offers a period for induction and assessment, which may include assessment of:

These assessments inform the intended outcomes for the young person’s care and support, which should be detailed in the Child’s Plan.

The Lead Professional should provide any required information to support the assessment process and is responsible for maintaining the Child’s Plan.

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