Adoption and permanence planning in Scotland: Impact of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 on key processes and timescales.

Hanson, Lucy and Henderson, Gillian and Kurlus, Indiya (2018) Adoption and permanence planning in Scotland: Impact of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 on key processes and timescales. Child and Family Social Work. ISSN 1356-7500 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

Adoption and permanence planning has been a key feature of Scotland’s policy in relation to children and young people who are ‘looked after’. Whilst policy and law has significantly developed in recent years, there has been comparatively little research on permanence processes in Scotland. This paper outlines key findings from the first comprehensive study of permanence planning in Scotland. It examines the process for two cohorts of children where Adoption or other types of Permanence Orders were made. The children were selected under the long standing Adoption (Scotland) Act 1978 and the more recent Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007. In total 300 cases were examined, analysing data from the children’s first contact with services through to the Order made by the Scottish Courts. This paper pays particular attention to the timescales found at key stages under the two sets of legislation and asks what difference the change in legislation has made.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hanson, Lucy and Henderson, Gillian and Kurlus, Indiya (2018) Adoption and permanence planning in Scotland: Impact of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 on key processes and timescales. Child and Family Social Work, which will be published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/13652206. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Adoption, permanence, Scotland, looked after children, decision making, timescales
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Social Science
Depositing User: Lucy Hanson
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2018 13:06
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 13:06
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2544

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