There are occasions when it may be necessary for children to be cared for somewhere other than in their own home.
Councils have a legal duty to look after children and young people who are placed in their care, through either a voluntary agreement with their parents or a compulsory process such as a children's hearing or the court service. These children can be among the most vulnerable members of our society and many have complex and challenging needs.
Working with our partners, we must act as corporate parents to looked after children, seeking for them what any good parent would want for their own children.
Children in residential care stay mainly in residential units (formerly known as children's homes), residential schools (for those who need specialist education and care), and secure accommodation (for children whose behaviour is a danger to themselves or others).
Clackmannanshire Council believes that living with a family is the best way for children to grow and develop, which is why most children looked after by us are placed with foster families. However, a few children, due to past experiences and individual needs, may require a more specialist type of care in a residential unit.
Our children's residential unit is a house where up to 5 young people live at any one time.
Young people are encouraged to stay until they are 18 and the law is about to change to give young people the right to remain until 21.
Our residential unit also has a supported flat close by and up to 2 young people can live there if need be beyond 21 years and whilst there develop independent living skills with an individualised package of staff support.
Follow this link to Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) information about entitlements and rights.
There are always at least two people on duty at any time and at certain times there are more. Staff work on a rota system that includes some evenings and weekends. Staff share in the corporate parent responsibilities towards children and might include taking a child to visit their parents, or take another to school, or they might help a young person learn to cook, budget or decorate their room.
While living away from home it is important, for those children where the plan is for them to return home, that appropriate contact with their family is organised and maintained. This gives opportunities for parents, children and social workers to look at their progress and plan for the future.
There are some children for whom a return to their birth families would seriously affect their health and wellbeing and might even leave them open to abuse or harm. In such cases, adoption may be the only alternative.
All homes or residential units where children are placed are registered and inspected to ensure standards are met.
Refer to our Social Work Services Performance web page to find out how well we have done when the Care Commission inspected our accommodation.
For more information, you can also refer to Audit Scotland's Getting it right for children in residential care.
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