A new initiative by Become (formerly the Who Cares? Trust). This comprehensive online resource is designed to help more young people with a care background get into further and higher education, and to complete their courses. It provides information on key issues that would affect them in further or higher education, including specific funding for care leavers and year-round accommodation. They can also compare course information from every further education college in Scotland and 94% of all universities in the UK.
Investing in New Zealand’s Children and their Families (December 2015)
In April 2015, New Zealand’s Minister for Social Development established an Expert Panel with a mandate to determine how to tackle the most pressing issue that faces contemporary New Zealand: How can we transform the lives of our vulnerable children once and for all?
This is the final report from the expert panel, setting out recommendations to provide better lives for New Zealand’s children and young people.
SDS Corporate Parenting Plan 2015 – 2018
This plan outlines what SDS are doing with regard to their Corporate Parenting Duties for Care Experienced Young People.
The Caring University in 2016
This document describes universities working in 2016 with care leavers to better aspire to, to access, and to succeed in higher education; illustrates the experiences of care leavers and of care experienced students; and describes the legacy and impact of the Buttle UK Quality Mark for Care Leavers.
Education and Skills Committee Session 5 September 2016
Report from the Scottish Government Education and Skills Committee Session 5 which details the conversation from the meeting. Including input from Who Cares? Scotland, Children 1st and Social Work Scotland.
State of Children’s Rights in Scotland (November 2016)
This report has been compiled by Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) and endorsed by 66 NGOs as the alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for Scotland (as part of the United Kingdom). It examines the progress made since 2008 to further the UNCRC and take forward the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations. The report provides commentary and scrutiny of the UK Periodic Report submitted in May 2014 and examines the Scottish Government report to the UK, submitted in July 2013.
Advice for Looked After Young People and Care Leavers (July 2016)
Some useful advice and university contacts across Scotland. Produced by University of the West of Scotland and University of Glasgow.
Co-Production in Social Care (October 2013)
Resources relating to the project carried out between IRISS, Staf, and Argyll and Bute Council in 2011, including a short video, blog, report and easy-read summary.
Leaving Care Pathways Materials
Materials for completing the Pathways Plan with young people in preparation for leaving care.
Leaving Care Pathways Handbook
Pathways Plan handbook for workers.
HE for Care Leavers Handbook
Published by Who Cares? Trust for care leavers going into higher education.
Redesigning Support for Care Leavers (May 2012)
A report exploring the use of co-productive methods to collaboratively design and improve leaving care services, in a project carried out between Argyll and Bute Council, IRISS and Staf.
Scottish Government Children’s Social Work Statistics
Official Government statistics for Looked After Children and young people in Scotland.
Scottish Government Education Outcomes Statistics
The statistics for educational outcomes for children and young people in Scotland, published by the Scottish Government.