A Freedom of Information request to Scottish local authorities has revealed that 302 children were separated from brothers or sisters last year, more than one-third of all youngsters placed into foster care.
The request by the charity Action for Children was sent to all UK councils and 84 per cent responded. In Scotland, 787 children, making up 302 sibling groups, were placed in foster care between April 2013 and March 2014. Of these, 302 were separated from one or more siblings.
The charity warns that splitting children from their brothers or sisters can result in damage to their emotional or mental health, and risks making foster placements more likely to break down.