Continuing Care & CO

conversation openers
Published in Tools on 25 Apr 2018

This tool was created to support practitioners, individually and in groups, reflect on their views and values when continuing to care for young people who are leaving care (Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, 2014).

Produced by Iriss, it has been developed by people who care for, and support, young people with experience of leaving care. 

Anticipated outcomes

  • Practitioners are more confident to discuss continuing relationships with young people leaving care / other colleagues / partners
  • Practitioners and teams have increased capacity for reflective practice about continuing relationships
  • Practitioners, teams and organisations have increased awareness of, and are better able, to articulate their cultures, attitudes and values around continuing relationships, boundaries and risk
  • Practitioners, teams and organisations have increased awareness of how they enact, enable and disable relationship-based care, and how they can better support this practice


The tool comprises nine themes, each with a set of related questions:

  • Your views
  • Your boundaries
  • Your practice
  • Feeling safe
  • Expressing yourself
  • Culture
  • Lending, gifts and money
  • Time
  • Technology and social media

Continuing Care & CO is flexible and can be used in a variety of ways, for example, by individuals, in one-to-one or group supervision, or in learning and development sessions. 


It's important for us to understand the impact of our tools so we can enhance the capacity and capability of the social services workforce and support positive outcomes for people who use social services. 

Please share your views and reflections on the tool

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