MSPs agree too many children left too long in unsuitable homes

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MSPs continued to debate the Education and Culture Committee's report into decision making on whether to take children into care on 5 December 2013.

The remit of the inquiry was to understand the decision-making processes involved in determining whether a child should be removed from the family home and taken into care and whether these decision-making processes are delivering the best outcomes for children and their families.

Several key issues considered were children left too long with parents who neglect or emotionally abuse them, state intervention in households with a prevalence of alcohol or drug misuse, homes with a record of domestic violence and the length of time it takes to re-home vulnerable children.

Other aspects of the report examined the costs of taking children into care, the rights of both the children and parents and the role of carers in the process.

To view part one of this debate please click Children into care debate 1.

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