Date lodged: 13 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government when it last carried out a review of the fostering and adoption service.
Answered by: Maree Todd 27 March 2019
Fostering and adoption services in Scotland are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Through the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010, the Scottish Government established Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland, known as the Care Inspectorate to independently review, regulate and improve social care and social work services, including adoption and fostering services. The Care Inspectorate’s A Review of Care Services for Children, Young People and Some Adults 2014-17, published 5 February 2019 indicated that overall, the quality of adoption agencies and fostering services was high with almost all services evaluated as good or better across all quality themes.
In February 2017 the First Minister commissioned the Independent Care Review, which is looking at legislation, practices, culture and ethos of the care system across Scotland. It is listening to young people with experience of care and their families and providers of care and particularly, children and young people in care now, to inform its recommendations to improve both the quality of life and outcomes of young people in care, including in relation to fostering and adoption. It is scheduled to report in early 2020. When the report is published the Scottish Government will carefully consider the recommendations.