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CHS publishes second ‘Feedback Loop’ report 28 July 2017

The Minister for Childcare and Early Years has laid in Parliament the second “Feedback Loop” report by Boyd McAdam, the National Convener of Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS).

This is the second in a series of annual reports on the implementation of compulsory supervision orders (CSOs) by local authorities and the impact of the CSO on those children and young people’s overall wellbeing. CSOs are the formal decisions made by children’s hearings requiring statutory intervention in the lives of Scotland’s most vulnerable children and young people. 

The report is being distributed today to all 2,850 volunteers across Scotland who support the national Children’s Panel.

The findings also highlighted two potential main issues based on the information presented:

  • the apparent time taken to place young people in secure accommodation after the local authority decides that secure accommodation is required;
  • and, the apparent time taken by local authorities to visit young people after they are placed in secure accommodation.   

These trends echo closely those found in the previous report – relating to the 2014/15 academic year – published in March.

The report highlights that significant improvements are required in local authority data collection systems to enable implementation of CSOs measures to be assessed. Further, there is a need for greater national consistency in measuring outcomes to enable a national overview of the impact of intervention by children’s hearings, public and voluntary services in the lives of these vulnerable children and young people.

We face a number of challenges to overcome before we can fully realise the potential of the Feedback Loop. The National Convener and CHS are working with the Scottish Government, local authorities and other partners to agree an approach towards progress in this area.

Links

Click on the link to access the the national summary and the 32 individual reports from local authorities.