Secure care, accommodation and education in Scotland can be provided for 90 young people aged 10-18 through:
- Four independent charitable services: 78 places
- Edinburgh City Council: six places
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).
- Each secure unit has separate house units offering living spaces for six young people, all of whom have their own single bedroom with en-suite facilities and access to communal living areas, activities rooms and areas for family visits
- Units are staffed at all times
- Facilities are registered by the Scottish Government and monitored and inspected by the Care Inspectorate and Education Scotland
- The secure care service specification (available from Scotland Excel) establishes a baseline for the delivery of secure care services to young people
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.
Resources for this page
- An Introduction to the Kibble Safe Centre
- Care Inspectorate
- Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011
- Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995
- Education Scotland
- The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009
- Scotland Excel
- Secure Accommodation Network Scotland
- The Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Regulations 2013
- United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
- Gough, A. Secure Care in Scotland: Looking Ahead. Glasgow: CYCJ.
- Moodie, K. (2015). Secure Care in Scotland, a Scoping Study: Developing the measurement of outcomes and sharing good practice. Glasgow: CYCJ.
- Scottish Office. (1997). Scotland's Children The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 Regulations and Guidance: Volume 2 Children Looked After by Local Authorities. Edinburgh: The Scottish Office.
- The Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care. (2009). Securing Our Future: A Way Forward for Scotland’s Secure Care Estate. Glasgow: SIRCC.
- Scottish Government. (2009). Securing our Future: A Way Forward for Scotland’s Secure Care Estate A response from the Scottish Government and COSLA. Edinburgh: Scottish Government.
- Walker, M., Barclay, A., Hunter, L., Kendrick, A., Malloch, M., Hill, M. and McIvor, G. (2005). Secure Accommodation in Scotland: its role and relationship with ‘alternative’ services. Edinburgh: Scottish Executive.