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Looked After Children

Looked After Children are in care of their council.

Some will have experienced neglect, or mental, physical or emotional abuse. Some parents are unable to look after their children because of their own substance misuse or poor parenting skills.

Children and young people with complex disabilities sometimes need to be looked after in specialist residential schools. Similarly, vulnerable unaccompanied minors seeking asylum and young people who have been illegally trafficked into the UK may also become looked after to ensure their wellbeing. A small number become looked after following involvement in the youth justice system.

For more information about Looked After Children statistics please visit the Scottish Government website.

Independent support for all looked after children is available from Who Cares? Scotland. This is an independent advocacy service commissioned by the Council to help young people understand and have a say in the decisions made about their lives.