This week, at her party conference, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon accepted the Who Cares? Scotland's pledge to listen to 1,000 care experienced young people over the next two years. We were really pleased to hear this - our Relationships Matter work has been around supporting continuing relationships for young people leaving care, which we believe is really important.
Relationships Matter is an Iriss project to develop ideas that support young people who are leaving care to maintain positive, nurturing relationships with the people in their lives. Gayle Rice, the project lead gives a short overview of the project, its objectives and outcomes.
Learning with Care, published by by HM Inspectors of Schools and the Social Work Service Inspectorate in 2001, highlighted the importance of improving the learning and development opportunities for those working with looked after children and care leavers. The Learning with Care training materials were developed and launched in 2003.
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), with the support of Voice, the Who Cares Trust and the Fostering Network, has produced a website that informs looked-after children and young people on what care, supports and choices are available to them. Info 4 Care Kids has been developed in partnership with children and young people, so the voices of these individuals underpin the shape and content of the resource.
Final report of a project that brought together care leavers in Argyll and Bute with their corporate parents (throughcare and aftercare, social work, health, homelessness and education services), to explore what a co-productive approach could look like in the social work sector.
Care leavers may feel isolated well into adulthood and some have difficulty talking about their childhood, even to close friends and family.
To help care leavers overcome these difficulties, the Care Leavers Association has recently invested £3,000 in the relaunch of Care Leavers Reunited.