Secure care

Programmes, supports and reviews


All young people are expected throughout their period in secure care to participate in:

Care staff

All units are fully staffed and the roles and responsibilities of social care staff include:

Further information is detailed in the secure care service specification (available from Scotland Excel).

Health and wellbeing

All units have a nurse practitioner and young people have access to dentist, chiropodist and optician and any necessary more specialised health treatments and supports, including mental health supports.

Review meetings

For all young people

Regular reviews of the Individual Placement Agreement and Child’s Plan should be attended by the young person, parents/guardians, staff from the secure unit, Lead Professional and any other relevant professionals. The National Standards for Youth Justice Provision in Scotland (Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, 2013) recommend reviews for young people in secure care should take place at least monthly. Reviews measure progress against GIRFEC wellbeing indicators and outcomes detailed in the Child’s Plan (see the secure care service specification available from Scotland Excel). Following each review the Lead Professional should update the Child’s Plan.

For sentenced young people

Young people sentenced under section 44 Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995: reviews should be as detailed in the section on placement review meeting and planning.

Young people sentenced under section 205(2) or section 208 Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995: in addition to the above, review meetings will be held every three months (or more frequently if required), arranged by the Children and Young Person’s (CYP) Placement Manager. These meetings should be attended by the CYP Placement Manager, the young person, parents/guardians, staff from the secure unit, Lead Professional and any other relevant professionals. Written reports should be provided by all those having immediate responsibility for the young person’s care, and a verbal update from each participant provided at each meeting.

For young people who remain subject to Compulsory Supervision Orders

Reviews should be as detailed in The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

Third sector

Any third sector organisations involved with the young person or their family may be involved in reviews and providing updates on progress, future planning, and preparation for release.

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