Secure care

Induction & assessment


Responsibilities throughout the child or young person’s period in secure care

For children and young people on remand

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

For sentenced children and young people

Children and young people sentenced under section 44 Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995: As above for those on remand.

Children and young people sentenced under section 205(2) or section 208 Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995: the CYP Placement Manager manages the child or 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 children subject to Compulsory Supervision Orders (CSOs)

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

For all children and young people

The Lead Professional role is fulfilled by the local authority where the child or young person ordinarily resides and responsibilities are detailed in the Reintegration and Transitions - Guidance for Local Authorities, Community Planning Partnerships and Service Providers (pp.16-17). A high level of contact with the child throughout their placement is expected. This should ensure active involvement of the local authority in the planning for, and maintenance of contact with, the child or young person during their period in secure care and improved transition and reintegration back to the community.

Child’s Plan

The Child’s Plan should move with the child or 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 children and young people entering secure care within 72 hours. For children 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 children or young people sentenced under section 44 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 varies slightly (see Scottish Office, 1997; The Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Regulations 2013). The above arrangements are however good practice in all cases.

Assessment

The initial period 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.