Secure care

Programmes, supports and reviews


Expectations of children and young people

All children and 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 health facilities and a nurse practitioner. Children and young people have access to dentist, podiatrist, sexual health in reach, opticians, psychologists and therapists, and any necessary more specialised health treatments and supports, including mental health supports and speech and language therapists.

Review meetings

For all children and young people

Regular reviews of the Individual Placement Agreement and Child’s Plan should be attended by the child or young person, parents/guardians, staff from the secure unit, Lead Professional and any other relevant professionals, and held at least every three months. 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.

The Lead Professional should maintain regular contact with the child, their family and unit staff out with review meetings.

For sentenced children and young people

Children or 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 child or young person, parents/guardians, staff from the secure unit, Lead Professional and any other relevant professionals. At each meeting, written progress reports should be provided by all those having immediate responsibility for the young person’s care.

For children who remain subject to Compulsory Supervision Orders

Reviews should be as detailed in The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009 and statutory requirements for review of secure care authorisations via the Children’s Hearings System. For children or young people sentenced under section 205(2) or section 208 these meetings are in addition to reviews scheduled by the CYP Placement Manager as detailed above.

Third sector

Any third sector organisations involved with the child or 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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