Staying put Scotland: providing care leavers with connectedness and belonging

Guidance on making care planning decisions that prioritise relationship-based practice, as well as extended and graduated transitions.

Statement From The Care Inspectorate

"Professionals across Scotland have a profound responsibility to ensure that all children have care that reflects their needs and promotes their rights. It is widely acknowledged that children in care can be in more vulnerable positions than their peers.

That is why the Care Inspectorate is fully supportive of the principles and philosophy underpinning this guidance. We are committed to working in partnership with local authorities and other service providers to ensure its implementation.

We are all dedicated to ensuring that children and young people who are looked after and accommodated have the best start in life, and that their care journey enables them to have experiences which will equip them with the resilience and skills they need to make successful transitions to adulthood.

As such, we have drafted additional guidance for providers of care services for Looked After and Accommodated Children, outlining examples of current innovative practices we have registered. In doing so we hope that the perception of "we can't do it because …" will be dispelled.

We believe the principles of developing interdependence and networks of support for young people are critical to taking forward the GIRFEC agenda into adulthood. The Care Inspectorate is committed - in our role as a corporate parent - to be an active participant in developing and reporting on improved outcomes for young people who have been looked after."

Annette Bruton
Chief Executive ,
Care Inspectorate


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