Section 69A — Consideration of suitability: supplementary

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 10:30 am on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Trish Godman Trish Godman Labour 10:30 am, 8th March 2007

Group 9 is on fostering. Amendment 15, in the name of the minister, is grouped with amendment 18.

Photo of Robert Brown Robert Brown Liberal Democrat

Members will understand the importance of ensuring that foster carers, who look after some of the most vulnerable children in society, are appropriately vetted. At stage 2, the Education Committee agreed amendments that brought some types of public and private fostering into the scope of the scheme. I indicated then that we would consider the issues again at stage 3, particularly those relating to permanent foster carers, because there were a number of issues to bottom out in that regard. Committee members supported the inclusion of foster carers in the bill and the intention to introduce further amendments at stage 3. Those amendments cover other legal provisions under which children can be placed with foster carers, such as the permanence orders that were established by the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007—it is odd to look back on some of the issues that we have discussed and to see them enacted—and the supervision requirements that may be the outcome of a children's hearing under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

I move amendment 15.

Amendment 15 agreed to.