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John Grant and Elaine E. Sutherland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860677

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860677.001.0001

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A Knock at the Door

A Knock at the Door

Sloan v B: The Orkney Case

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(p.1) Chapter 1 A Knock at the Door
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Scots Law Tales
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Elaine E Sutherland

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860677.003.0001

This chapter examines the Orkney case (1991), which involved the removal of nine children from their homes in South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands, and their resettlement in the Scottish mainland. These children were required by the officers of the Orkney Social Work Department to avoid all contact with their parents and siblings for almost five weeks. As the court proceedings continued, the court scrutinized and later rejected the emergency protection and placement of safety order imposed on these children. The Orkney case did not only gain considerable media attention, but also led to inquiries on the effectiveness of the child protection system in Scotland. The most influential was initiated by Lord Clyde, a Scottish judge in the House of Lords. His inquiry became the basis of the passing of the Children (Scotland) Act of 1995.

Keywords:   Orkney case, Scotland, resettlement, Orkney Social Work Department, child protection system, Lord Clyde, Children (Scotland) Act of 1995

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