Care experienced children

The Commissioner's office has published work around care experienced children and young people that focuses on:

  • outdoor participation and play opportunities for children and young people in residential care
  • the manner in which young people in Scotland leave care.

Care publications

Go outdoors! Guidance and good practice on encouraging outdoor activities in residential child care

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, SIRCC, the Scottish Government, June 2010. This guidance promotes the right of children and young people in residential care to participate in everyday outdoor activities.

The guidance is designed to help practitioners and managers to carry out their duty of care safely and responsibly.

Download a PDF of Go outdoors! Guidance and good practice on encouraging outdoor activities in residential child care.

Sweet 16? One year on― is life any sweeter? the age of leaving care in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, March 2009. This is a follow up report to 'Sweet 16? the age of leaving care in Scotland'. The report concludes that there has been some progress in addressing the recommendations of the initial report, but that there is still much to be done, with new threats related to the economic downturn and services for acre leavers being cut back or reconfigured.

Download a PDF of Sweet 16?  One year on― is life any sweeter? the age of leaving care in Scotland.

Download a PDF analysis of local authority survey responses for Sweet 16? One year on.

Sweet 16? The age of leaving care in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, March 2008. This report explores the reasons why young people are expected to leave care at the age of 16, despite the law saying young people can stay in care until they are aged 18.

Download a PDF of Sweet 16? The age of leaving care in Scotland.

Download a PDF of the young person's report for Sweet 16?.

Playing it safe? A study of the regulation of outdoor play for children and young people in residential care

Lorraine McGuinness, Irene Stevens and Ian Milligan, November 2007.  The aim of this research was to describe and explain the barriers to, and opportunities for, outdoor play and recreation that exist in residential child care services. The research was undertaken by SIRCC on behalf of the Commissioner's office.

Download a PDF of Playing it safe? A study of the regulation of outdoor play for children and young people in residential care.