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Question reference: S6W-08389

  • Asked by: Sue Webber, MSP for Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Date lodged: 5 May 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Clare Haughey on 18 May 2022


To ask the Scottish Government what data exists regarding the use of restraint applied to care-experienced children while being securely transported.


The responsibility for the organisation and funding of secure transport lies principally with the local authority responsible for the child’s placement. Information on the use of restraint applied to care-experienced children whilst being securely transported is not held centrally.

The Scottish Government has a contract with GEOAmey for escorting children serving a custodial sentence within secure care, who are Scottish Ministers’ responsibility. As part of that contract GEOAmey must provide the Scottish Government with details of when restraint is used. No incidents of restraint have been recorded during the current contract.