Looked after children

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The number of children and young people becoming looked after has increased year on year over the last two decades. The reasons for children becoming looked after are more complex but the overwhelming majority are placed for care and protection reasons and that number is increasing annually.

Children and young people may be looked after for short or long periods; some return home, some are adopted, and some remain looked after for many years until they reach adulthood.

Support materials

  • Resources

    Discover and download useful advice, research and other resources.

Key documents


  • Glow - Inclusion Hub

    This professional learning hub supports practitioners to discuss, explore and share practice relating to Inclusion.

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Other websites


    CELCIS is the Centre for excellence for looked after children in Scotland. Together with partners, it is working to improve the lives and prospects of all looked after children and young people.

  • We Can and Must Do Better training materials

    Revised training materials from CELCIS, which reflect current research and Scottish policy and practice.

  • Looked after children and young people

    Section of the Scottish Government website offering advice, information and practice for professionals working with Looked after children and young people in Scotland, including the background and actions from the We Can and Must Do Better report.