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Looked after children.

Bolger, Janine



Mark Smith

Viviene E. Cree


This chapter will begin by considering what it means to be a ‘looked after’ child or young person. Legislative and policy developments will be outlined from the wide ranging impact of the Kilbrandon Report (1964) to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The development of services and policy for and practice with looked after children will be outlined and contextualised within current Scottish Government strategy. Outcomes for looked after children will be explored via an analysis of the impact of those policies and implications for current and future practice will be identified.


BOLGER, J. 2018. Looked after children. In Smith, M. and Cree, V. E. (eds.) Social work in a changing Scotland. Abingdon: Routledge [online], pages 121-130. Available from:

Online Publication Date Feb 12, 2018
Publication Date Feb 13, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 26, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 13, 2019
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 121-130
Series Title Student social work
Book Title Social work in a changing Scotland.
Chapter Number Chapter 12
ISBN 9781138295025 ; 9781138295032
Keywords Looked after; Child; Young person; Legislation; Policy; Scotland
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