Major review into children's care system in Scotland gets under way

Neil Puffett
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A "root and branch" review that will look into legislation, practices, culture and ethos of the children's care system in Scotland has launched.

Nicola Sturgeon has ordered a review of the children's care system in Scotland. Picture: Scottish Government
Nicola Sturgeon has ordered a review of the children's care system in Scotland. Picture: Scottish Government

Ordered by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Independent Care Review will listen to young people in care, as well as those with experience of care, their families and care providers to inform recommendations intended to improve both the quality of life and outcomes for young people in care.

The review, which is expected to take two years, will be conducted by a team of 13 people including five young people with experience of care. It will be chaired by Fiona Duncan, chief executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

Sturgeon said every young person should have an equal opportunity to succeed in life, no matter their circumstances.

"We should celebrate the progress that has been made that has allowed many of our young people who grow up in care to do great things in life - and those who work with looked-after children do an amazing job," she said.

"However, we know that there are still many challenges facing young people in care and that their opportunities are all too often not the same as other young people in Scotland.

"The care system must and can do better by our most vulnerable children and young people. They need to know they are loved and feel cared for - this review is not about determining if this can be achieved, but how we create a system that puts love for the children it cares for at its heart."

The chair of the review, Fiona Duncan, said: "We really can, will and must deliver a review that changes lives and is transformational."

"Without the voice of care experience, this review would not be happening - and without that voice, it will not deliver.

"Many young people, their families, and professionals involved in the care system have an important contribution to make, and I look forward to learning from them in the coming weeks and months."

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