Secure care


Secure care, accommodation and education in Scotland can be provided for 90 young people aged 10-18 through:

See Secure Accommodation Network Scotland for more information.

All young people in secure care have either been sentenced or remanded through court, or placed through the children’s hearings system on care and welfare grounds (defined in section 83(6) Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011).

Kibble Safe Centre is an example of secure accommodation. The video below explains how it works and includes young people's stories:

Family members should where possible and appropriate be involved throughout a young person’s time in secure care. Moreover, under article 37, the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states children deprived of their liberty should be able to maintain contact with their families except in exceptional circumstances.

Partnership working with the young person, family members, and all relevant professionals is fundamental in ensuring positive outcomes and successful reintegration.

Prior to admission to secure care

The Children and Young Person’s (CYP) Placement Manager at Scottish Government must have received a warrant from the court and completed a placement order detailing which secure unit the young person will go to.