Our approach

We carried out a secure care pathway review between July 2022 and July 2023 to consider the impact of the Secure Care Pathway and Standards that were published in October 2020.  The review focused on young people up to the age of 18 who have been placed – or are at risk of being placed – by Scottish local authorities, in secure care accommodation.

The review centred on listening to and understanding the experiences of 30 young people across Scotland before, during and after experiencing secure care accommodation.   During the review period we tracked the journeys of these young people and this helped us to consider impact and outcomes over time.  The annual inspections of registered secure care providers continue to be carried out.  We worked jointly with the inspectors of these services to inform the review, particularly in relation to the ‘during’ stage of young people’s journeys through secure care.

Our review is now complete and we are writing a report and making a video report.  These will be added to this webpage by the end of September 2023. 

For staff and leaders involved in supporting young people in or on the edges of secure care, we are hosting a webinar to share our findings on Thursday 28th September 2023 at 10am.  Here is the registration link for this event. 

More information

Information about the secure care pathway and standards can be found here.

More information about the review can be found in the following links: