Either see below Gil most recent written questions to Parliament or select a category.
S3W-01102: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will urgently put in place a system that ensures that children in care have their complaints of abuse heard by an independent person or organisation.
Answered by Adam Ingram (27/06/2007): I refer the memberto the answer to question S3W-1105 on 27 June 2007.
S3W-01103: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will take steps to ensure that all complaints made by former residents of Kerelaw School are fully investigated.
Answered by Adam Ingram (28/06/2007): I have asked GlasgowCity Council to provide me with a report by 31 August 2007 that sets out the full council’s response to its Kerelawinvestigation and the systems that have been put in place for the safety and protectionof children in residential accommodation. As part of this report, I have asked forconfirmation from the Council that the complaints made by children who were residentsof Kerelaw have been investigated. The answer to question S3W-1138 on 19 June 2007 refers to the wider action I have taken following Glasgow’s report of the Kerelaw investigation.
S3W-01104: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will ensure that all those who had complaints made against them while working at Kerelaw School, but have not been investigated by Glasgow City Council because they are no longer employed by the council, who now work for other authorities are swiftly investigated.
Answered by Adam Ingram (26/06/2007): In relation to anyformer employee now working in a care setting or school, we would expect employersto have carried out rigorous recruitment checks and to have firm child protectionpolicies and procedures in place. This is a requirement in the relevant NationalCare Standards published by the Scottish Government. The Care Commission is requiredto take these Standards into account when it inspects care services. Safer recruitmentrequirements are also set out in both the Code of Practice for Employers of SocialService Workers (Scottish Social Services Council). In, addition the recentguidance published by the Scottish Executive, Safer Recruitment Through BetterRecruitment reinforces and underpins these requirements.
In any case wherethere may be a report to the Procurator Fiscal, it is a matter for the Crown Officeand Procurator Fiscal Service to decide whether or not there are criminal proceedings.
Glasgow City Councilhas referred individuals to the Disqualified from Working with Children List (DWCL).I met the Director of Social Work Services on 21 June 2007 to discuss the council’s report on the Kerelaw investigation,including the number of former employees covered by the report.
Anyone who is provisionallylisted on DWCL is not barred from working in a child care position. All known employersare notified of provisional listing; employers can undertake a risk-assessment todecide on what action is appropriate; the period of provisional listing is keptas brief as possible, and provisional listing shows up on a disclosure check.
As part of the actionsresponding to the council’s review of its management of Kerelaw, I will be meetingwith residential providers to identify what further improvements may be needed toprotect children from abuse in residential care.
To ask the Scottish Executive what mechanisms are in place to effect the investigation of complaints regarding abuse made by a child in care.
Answered by Adam Ingram (27/06/2007): National Care Standards,published by the Scottish Government, require all care services including residentialestablishments for children to have a complaints procedure for children in theircare.
Nationally, the Regulationof Care (Scotland) Act 2001 requires the Care Commission toinvestigate complaints by individuals about a care service. Information about howto complain to the Care Commission must be made available by service providers.
The Care Commission’scomplaints procedure can be viewed at:
As part of that procedure,where the Care Commission considers it has a secondary role to an investigationby, for example the police or any other regulatory or statutory body, it will awaitthe findings of fact of such investigations before determining what action to take.
The guidance to ChildProtection Committees provided in Protecting Children: A Shared Responsibility(1998) states that local authorities and other agencies who provide care and accommodationfor children in residential placements, schools, foster care or other forms of accommodationshould ensure guidance and procedures are in place to respond to allegations ofabuse concerning children living away from home. The investigation of such allegationsshould include, as far as is practicable, an element of independence from the localauthority or other agency.
Note: This page contains both questions laid by Gil as MSP for West of Scotland (2007-2011, title starts "S3W/O") and Clydebank & Milngavie (2011-present, title starts "S4W/O")