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Care and Permanence Planning for Looked After Children in Scotland Supplementary Report

Children Assessed as at Risk at or Before Birth

Research was carried out to explore the pathways and decision‐making processes through the care and court systems in Scotland for 100 looked after children from when they were first identified as being at risk to when they were adopted or other form of permanence was achieved


This report is on a supplementary analysis to the main research on 100 children and is focused on the 43 children who had been assessed for risk at or prior to birth and who went onto receive Freeing Orders and/or Adoption Orders. This additional analysis offers an opportunity to examine the permanence process for a group of children who are of the same age and similarity of backgrounds and concerns.