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Child care law Scotland


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This quick reference guide provides a quick introduction to the main legal provisions and principles affecting the law relating to child care in Scotland. Designed to provide a basic framework, it presents a summary of the main laws, responsibilities and duties relating to parents, children and local authorities. It includes information on the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007, the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011, the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007, and the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.

Who is this book for?

Anyone working with children and families in a social care setting needing quick and easy access to the latest applicable legislation and regulations in adoption.

What you will find in this book

The book contains a summary of the laws, responsibilities and duties, along with sections on:

  • The statutory background covering the relevant Acts and other legislation
  • Principles and themes
  • The court system
  • Parentage and parental responsibilities and rights
  • The 2010 Act and the Care Inspectorate
  • Private arrangements
  • General local authority duties
  • Child protection
  • Looked after children
  • Fostering
  • Permanence orders
  • The Children’s Hearing system
  • Adoption in Scotland
  • Foreign adoption


Alexandra Plumtree has worked in private practice and as a children’s reporter, and has extensive experience of public and private law for children and families in Scotland. She was the Legal Consultant with BAAF Scotland from 1994 to 2013, and the Independent Legal Adviser to the Scottish Executive’s Adoption Policy Review Group from 2001 to 2005. She is now a freelance legal consultant.



Often the law appears complex merely because it is poorly explained. As this excellent book demonstrates, it doesn’t have to be that way. In a reader-friendly fashion, this work constructs a seamless outline of the child care system in Scotland. For a readable introduction to the key concepts, this book would be hard to beat.

Five stars, Ed Mitchell, solicitor, editor of Social Care Law Today and Community Care’s legal expert, Community Care