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#KeepThePromise: Transformational Change for Care-Experienced Children and Young People

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As a 'radical blueprint' for improving the lives of care-experienced children and young people, the Independent Care Review (ICR) listened to those affected and created 'The Promise'. The Promise outlined what Scotland must do to make sure its most vulnerable children feel loved and experience the childhood and life opportunities they deserve. 

#KeepThePromise: Transformational Change for Care-Experienced Children and Young People will examine the current rules, proposed changes to the care system, and the next stage of the journey, 'The Plan'. This is an opportunity to review how these reforms will impact children and young people, families, and the professionals that support them.  

The Context

We will keep listening to and working with care experienced people because the case for transformational change is now unarguable and their voice must shape that change

- Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, Scottish Government

The Independent Care Review provided the 'what, how, why, and when' of what needs to happen to improve the lives of care-experienced children and young people. 

But with the next stage to shift from The Promise to The Plan, do we have a clear understanding of how this transformational change will happen? How will the workforce be supported to improve the lives of people with care experience? And what impact will reforms have on education professionals, health workers, and people in the justice sector?

Join us on 8th October as we examine the next steps for improving the lives of care-experienced children and young people, and explore how this will impact your work and organisation.

Key Issues We'll Discuss

  • Examining The Rules: current legislative framework and the need for change
  • The challenge of navigating complex and often contradictory rules that impact care-experienced children and young people 
  • The patchy adherence to current rules means Scotland’s ‘care system’ does not universally uphold the rights of children
  • Examing the Promise to care-experienced children and young people
  • Promoting a culture shift in how we understand the workforce
  • Engaging, training and supporting people who require a heightened awareness of the developmental needs of care-experienced children (including education professionals, health workers, and people in the justice sector) 
  • Taking a user-centred approach to The Plan and placing the voice of care-experienced people at the heart of systems that impact them
  • Implementing a fundamental shift in how decisions are made about children and families
  • The need for urgent action, the pace of change, and the Scottish Government's next steps

Confirmed Speakers

  • John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister
  • Fiona Duncan, Chair, Independent Care Review
  • Ryan McCuaig, Chair, Who Cares? Scotland 
  • Claire Burns, Acting Director, Centre of Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS)
  • Ewan Aitken, Chief Executive, Cyrenians and Co-Chair, Edge of Care work group, Independent Care Review
  • Jo Derrick, CEO, Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF)
  • Joanna McCreadie, Co-Chair, Love Work Group, Independent Care Review & Chief Executive, The Gannochy Trust
  • Alexis Grant, Principal Teacher – Enhanced Nurture Provision, Govan High
  • Micheleine Kane, Chair, Scottish Kinship Care Alliance

Agenda

09:55  Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Session 1: Context

  • Scottish Government perspective
  • ‘The Rules’ - Current legislative framework and the need for change
  • The role of Who Cares? Scotland and the call for a root and branch review of Scotland’s care system

10:00  Keynote Address: John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister

10:05  Ryan McCuaig, Chair, Who Cares? Scotland 

Questions & Discussion

Session 2: The Promise

  • Examining the Promise to care-experienced children and young people
  • Key themes: Love, Rights and Stigma
  • Transformation of culture of care including embedding an ethos of prevention and early-intervention in Scotland’s care system
  • Priorities for recruitment, development and training of the workforce: supporting them to “love, nurture and cherish”
  • Supporting Care Leavers to flourish
  • Recognition of the impact of trauma and the need for loving, nurturing relationships to overcome it

10:30  Joanna McCreadie, Co-Chair, Love Work Group, Independent Care Review & Chief Executive, The Gannochy Trust

Questions & Discussion

11:00  Jo Derrick, CEO, Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF)

11:20  Micheleine Kane, Chair, Scottish Kinship Care Alliance

Questions & Discussion

11:50   Break

Session 3: The Plan  

  • Taking a user-centred approach to The Plan and placing the voice of care-experienced people at the heart of systems that impact them
  • Implementing a fundamental shift in how decisions are made about children and families
  • Engendering broad stakeholder buy-in and going beyond just fixing a broken system
  • The need for urgent action, the pace of change, and the Scottish Government's next steps

12:10  Claire Burns, Acting Director, Centre of Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS)

Good Practice: Nurture Approach to Care Experience Young People

12:30  Alexis Grant, Principal Teacher – Enhanced Nurture Provision, Govan High

12:45  Fiona Duncan, Chair, The Promise Oversight Board; Chair, The Independent Care Review and Chief Executive, The Corra Foundation & Ewan Aitken, Chief Executive, Cyrenians and Co-Chair, Edge of Care work group, Independent Care Review

Questions and Discussion

13:35  Closing Remarks from Chair

13:45  Close of Event

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If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speakers. 

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Date
08 Oct 2020
Venue
Online
Cost
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1 place £72.50+ VAT

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