Our Chief Executive Anna Fowlie has signed the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant on behalf of the SSSC. The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Alliance welcomed the move.
The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant supports corporate parents to deliver changes in action and practice to bring improvement and consistency to the care of these young people. It offers clear guidance on how to meet the needs of young people who are often disadvantaged as a result of their care experiences.
On signing the Covenant Anna Fowlie said:
‘I’m delighted to sign the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant on behalf of SSSC as an important part of our corporate parenting responsibility.
‘I hope our commitment to the Covenant will also support those working in social services improve the experiences of care leavers and give them the best possible opportunities.’
A spokesperson for the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Alliance said:
‘The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Alliance welcomes the SSSC as the latest national corporate parent to sign up to the Covenant.
‘The role of SSSC in supporting social care organisations, managers and practitioners is crucial to closing the implementation gap between policy and practice and their endorsement of the Covenant will improve services, care experiences and outcomes for care leavers.’
Created by an alliance of organisations, to close the gap between policy and practice for care leavers, the Covenant supports the implementation of Part 10 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This means supporting the aftercare (advice, guidance and assistance) of care leavers moving into adulthood.
Care leavers often struggle on the journey out of care and into independence. For many, there is no support or guidance. As a result, the challenges are too great and they continue to experience problems that lead to far poorer outcomes than their peers.
These outcomes are not inevitable and we should not accept them as normal. This is why the alliance created the Covenant, to change thinking and practice, affecting the cultural shift needed to tackle these issues.
Do you have an interest in the lives of care leavers?
The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant calls on all corporate parents and others with an interest in the lives of care leavers to:
- endorse the principles of the Covenant
- commit to working for real change in the lives of care experienced young people
- improve their support, opportunities and outcomes.
Read more about the Covenant and the principles on their website: http://www.scottishcareleaverscovenant.org/