We continue to work with local authorities to ensure that children and young people's journey through care by the local authority is a positive experience. New legislation, policy, regulations and modern inspection regimes have dramatically improved the standard of many services. But life chances for many of those children and young people who have been looked after remain poor. Compared to their non-looked after peers in Scotland as a whole, they are more likely to have poor health, be unemployed and vulnerable to homelessness.
Public services can and must do better for our looked after children and care leavers. To deliver this objective:
- We work across a range of policy areas (including health, education, housing) to ensure that the needs of looked after children and care leavers are considered, and where appropriate, provision made.
- We fund organisations to deliver specific programmes (such as Corporate Parenting training or the support and advice for kinship carers).
- We bring the key people together to identify what needs to be done, and to work how to do it.
Alongside this, a series of major change programmes - such as Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) and Curriculum for Excellence - are helping to establish a more joined-up, child-centred approach in children's services. The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) is equipping the workforce with the knowledge and tools to deliver positive change for looked after children and care leavers.