Secure Accommodation (Unlawful Detention of At-risk Children)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th June 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Hamilton Rachael Hamilton Conservative

So—no apology from the minister.

The investigation concluded that there is

“a scrutiny gap in relation to compliance with ... legal duties” and the commissioner found it

“challenging in many cases to piece together the” key

“events and decisions”.

The report points to short-term and longer-term actions that must take place to improve that situation, which cannot happen again to any child. We need to see change and the full implementation of the report’s recommendations. The Government must act quickly to resolve that situation and prevent further unlawful detentions.

We on these benches echo calls from the children’s commissioner for an urgent review of practices of local authorities. Will the minister commit to that process in earnest to ensure that both inspection and scrutiny mechanisms are fit for purpose, so that they comply fully with the relevant legal duties and human rights obligations?