Child Protection

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 14 January 2003.

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Photo of Pauline McNeill Pauline McNeill Labour

Question S1W-32914

To ask the Scottish Executive when it will establish appropriate accommodation, such as places of safety, for vulnerable children including children abused through prostitution.

Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Labour

Local authorities have powers under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 to provide short-term refuges for children who appear to be at risk of harm. The role of the local authority in providing refuge is to provide the child with somewhere safe to stay and any other services consistent with safeguarding the child’s welfare.

The Executive has established a working group containing a range of external experts to consider the support needs of children who run away from home and children abused through prostitution. The working group has suggested that the Executive should undertake an assessment of how local authorities are meeting the needs of young people for refuge, the levels of demand and examine models of good practice before issuing additional guidance on the provision of refuge support.

The Executive has identified up to £600,000 in funding to take forward work on refuge provision and £57,000 for a study led by Barnardo’s to identify effective services for young people abused through prostitution, with a particular focus on ensuring that there are alternatives to secure accommodation.

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