Independent Care Review launched

The full independent care review group has now been established, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed to a reception of care experienced young people from across Scotland on Tuesday 30 May 2017.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Fiona Duncan, chair of the Care Review in Scotland

The members, including five people who grew up in care, will support the Chair, Fiona Duncan, to carry out an independent review into Scotland’s care system.

The group will look at legislation, practices, the culture and the ethos of the care system across Scotland. They will listen to young people with experience of care and their families and providers of care and particularly, children and young people in care now, to inform its recommendations to improve both the quality of life and outcomes of young people in care.

The review group includes:

  • Lex Baillie, Police Scotland
  • Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Joanna McCreadie, Chief Executive of Seamab
  • Helen Happer, Care Inspectorate
  • Dorothy Hawthorn, Renfrewshire Council
  • Carrie Lindsay, Fife Council
  • Dr Jim McCormick, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Kevin Browne, care experienced member, nominated by Who Cares? Scotland
  • Stuart Lindsay, care experienced member, nominated by Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)
  • Rosie Moore, care experienced member, nominated by CCPS
  • Alastair Redpath, care experienced member, nominated by the Independent Voluntary Providers Forum
  • Thomas Timlin, care experienced member, nominated by the Scottish Funding Council.

Fiona Duncan, Chair of the Review, said:

‘My hope is that today’s announcement and event marks the begging of the conversation. We really can, will and must deliver a Review that changes lives and is transformational. Without the voice of care experience, this Review would not be happening – and without that voice, it will not deliver. Many young people, their families, and professionals involved in the care system have an important contribution to make, and I look forward to learning from them in the coming weeks and months.’

‘The Review will help Scotland to deliver on its vision to be the best place in the world to grow up, particularly for the 15,000 children and young people in care today, and for those children and young people that will be in care in the future.’

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