Scotland - Scottish care leavers convenant

Target group: All Public Agencies designated as statutory Corporate Parents, Researchers, Academics, Policy Makers, Service Managers and Leaving Care Practitioners

Main goal of the project: To help close the gap between policy and practice and to improve services and supports for young people leaving care

Short summary: The development of the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant is the work of a cross-sector alliance of organisations and is designed to support Scotland’s corporate parents, carers, practitioners, managers and decision makers in fulfilling their duties to improve the life chances of all of Scotland’s care leavers. The Covenant builds on the principles of Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) by taking a holistic, young person-centred approach.

It focuses on the long-term wellbeing needs of care leavers; highlighting the need for early intervention and help that is appropriate, proportionate and timely. It also needs high standards of cooperation, joint working and communication between agencies locally and across Scotland. Aligning the Covenant with GIRFEC will make sure that the ‘one child – one plan – one care journey’ principle continues beyond the young person’s care setting and into adulthood.

The Covenant is a ‘solemn vow to act’ and is underpinned by 4 guiding principles:

  • The care-proofing of policy

  • The assumption of entitlement

  • Full implementation of Staying Put and Continuing Care

  • Relationship-based practice in, and beyond, the care setting

The Agenda for Change section offers a framework of key actions.

By endorsing and signing up to the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant, corporate parents can demonstrate their commitment to excellence by transforming practice, culture and outcomes for all care leavers.

Endorsing the Covenant and applying the framework will support, complement and enhance corporate parenting activity and improve consistency of practice and provision across all local authority and health board areas.

We call on all corporate parents and other public bodies to:

  • Actively endorse the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant and commit to uphold and promote its principles, within and across their remits and responsibilities.

  • Fully support and implement actions in the Agenda for Change to close the gap and realise our ambitions and aspirations for care leavers.

Useful links (video's, website etc. ):

Contact: Kenny McGhee, CELCIS, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow,

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