Date lodged: 16 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of 3,161 care experienced young people being eligible for the Continuing Care provision but only 177 young people, which is 6%, having requested or been offered the option to remain in care, what plans it has to address this issue.
Answered by: Maree Todd 13 September 2018
We expect to obtain credible evidence of actual uptake of Continuing Care as part of the “Children’s Social Work Statistics” in 2019. We have estimated approximately 74 eligible care leavers per year will take up the offer.
Continuing Care should be considered alongside the range of options available, including extended Aftercare support up to age 26, available to young people leaving care.
The Scottish Government are working with local authorities via Staf (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum) Continuing Care Focus Group, Social Work Scotland, The Fostering Network and CoSLA to gather information that will identify any particular barriers to eligible young people remaining in their care setting under Continuing Care arrangements that will help us to resolve any issues. We also fund the Centre of Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS), who provide ongoing support for practitioners to implement Continuing Care.
The Scottish Government will continue to review all the information available, including Ms Dugdale’s ‘Falling Through the Cracks Report’ published in July and consider the most appropriate action to ensure eligible children and young people who would like to remain in their care setting under Continuing Care arrangements are able to.