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Care and Permanence Planning for Looked After Children in Scotland

Over 9,000 children are looked after away from home in Scotland. The Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA) overview report suggests that 50% of these children are placed with foster parents and 28% are looked after by friends or relatives1. About 200 of these children are adopted each year.

The SWIA report confirms that where children cannot live with their parents they need safety, security and stability in their lives to achieve successful outcomes. SWIA further identifies that planning for permanence should be the primary objective for all placements and that this planning should begin as soon as possible.