Scottish Government Strategies

Scottish Care Leavers Covenant. Supporting corporate parents to improve the lives of care leavers

The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant supports 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. Care leavers often struggle on their journey into adulthood. For many the leap from care to independence is just too great, and too many continue to experience problems that lead to much poorer outcomes than the general population.

 

These outcomes are not inevitable and should not be accepted as the norm.

The Covenant builds on the principles of Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)1 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.

Staying Put Scotland

Location: Scotland

Author: Scottish Government

Year: 2013

Summary:

Guidance for Local Authorities and other Corporate Parents: Supporting looked after children and young people to remain in care, as part of a staged transition towards adulthood and greater independence.

Housing Options Protocols for Care Leavers

Location: Scotland

Author: Scottish Government

Year: 2013

Summary:

This guidance has been published to assist local authorities and their community planning partners in the development and implementation of local ‘Housing Options Protocols for Care Leavers’. These protocols should detail the processes by which young people are supported through their transition out of care and provided with a range of appropriate and sustainable accommodation options.

Education outcomes for looked after children: 2016 to 2017

Location: Scotland

Author:Scottish Government

Year: 2018

Summary:

Data on attainment, post-school destinations, school attendance, school exclusions and achievement of curriculum for excellence attainment levels.

Getting it right for looked after children and young people strategy

Location: Scotland

Author: Children and Families Directorate

Year: 2015

Summary:

This strategy sets out what we are doing and what we expect other corporate parents to do.

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Location: Scotland

Author: Scottish Government

Year: 2014

Summary:

Introduces provisions to better ensure permanence planning for looked after children

The Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2009

Location: England

Author: Scottish Government

Year: 2009

Summary:

Bring together the care planning services offered to children looked after at home, with the care provision required when children are separated from their birth parents

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