Laura Sharman 07 June 2021

Vulnerable children ‘detained unlawfully’ in Scotland

Vulnerable children ‘detained unlawfully’ in Scotland image

Vulnerable children in Scotland may have been detained unlawfully in secure accommodation, a new investigation has revealed.

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner found some local authorities may have locked children up in secure accommodation without helping them understand why they have been detained or their right to appeal.

The commissioner said this was a breach of their human rights, especially as children in secure accommodation have a high level of need and vulnerability.

The investigation examined the cases of 118 children placed in secure accommodation across 27 local authority areas. It found a significant number of these children may have been unlawfully held for at least part of their detention.

Nick Hobbs, head of advice and investigations, said: ‘Decisions with such severe consequences are not taken lightly but we have found that in some cases they are being made without due process of law, which is in breach of children’s human rights.

’It is critical that these children understand what is happening to them, that they are a key part of decisions that can impact the rest of their lives, and that they are told about their right of appeal.’

The report urges local authorities to ensure they comply with existing laws and asses their policies and practices.

Mr Hobbs added: ‘Children in secure care are some of the most vulnerable in Scotland. Local authorities in Scotland must urgently review their practice to ensure that they are acting within the law.

’These legal duties are critical to ensuring that every part of the process designed to protect them has their rights, views and experiences at its heart.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Technician

Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council
£27,514
We are looking to recruit a Senior Technician within the busy Structures team. Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Recuriter: Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

Senior Engineer

Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council
£36,371
We are looking to recruit a Senior Engineer within the Structures team. Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Recuriter: Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council

Business Hub Manager

Sevenoaks District Council
£40,208 - £43,251 (Subject to Job Evaluation)
Later this year Sevenoaks District Council will be launching a new business hub and business support service in Swanley. Swanley, Kent
Recuriter: Sevenoaks District Council

Economic Development & Programmes Manager

Sevenoaks District Council
£52,305 - £55,475 plus car allowance of £2,700
How would you support the economic development of Sevenoaks? Sevenoaks, Kent
Recuriter: Sevenoaks District Council

Head of Digital

Dacorum Borough Council
Up to £70,092.00 per annum (inclusive of London Fringe Weighting)
This is a fantastic time to join Dacorum Borough Council. Dacorum
Recuriter: Dacorum Borough Council

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.