Care system gets 2.5m to improve

| 09 October 2007

Looked-after children across Scotland are to benefit from a 2.5m boost to improve the care given by councils.

The minister for children and early years, Adam Ingram, announced last week that the Scottish Government would share the money between Scotland's councils to enhance their effectiveness as "corporate parents" to children in care.

The funding is part of the Scottish Government's efforts to implement its strategy for looked-after young people, Looked After Children and Young People: We Can and Must Do Better, which was released in January. The strategy suggests councils should provide support to young people in care beyond their 18th birthday, including financial help for those going into further or higher education.

The announcement coincides with the launch of the pilot Children's Champion Scheme, which is being run by Inverclyde Council as part of its work to improve the educational attainment of looked-after children. Each member of the local authority's corporate management team will champion the welfare and needs of a small number of children to try to improve the care and support they receive.

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