Scottish government to assist English councils placing children north of border

The Scottish Government plans to make it easier for English and Welsh councils to transfer vulnerable children in their care to facilities north of the border.

Holyrood said the current system for placing children with deprivation of liberty orders in Scotland was “unsustainable and does not serve the best interests of children and young people”.

It published proposals last week for Scotland to automatically recognise orders issued by the High Court in England and Wales without the need for a separate court application.

The measure comes amid widespread shortages of secure children’s home places in England, requiring councils to seek High Court orders to authorise bespoke placements in which children are deprived of their liberty.


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