On 5th April 2017, Fiona Duncan, Chair of the independent root and branch review of Scotland’s care system, issued an update regarding the review.
“I am delighted to be appointed as Chair to the independent, root and branch review of the care system…It is undoubtedly a privilege and deep honour to Chair this review; a review that I am determined will be like no other” (Fiona Duncan, Root and Branch Review Chair)
Fiona stated that the Review will:
- Be driven by those who have experience of care
- Make lasting changes in the care system to transform the well-being of children and young people in care.
In her update, Fiona set out the first stage of the Review, the DISCOVERY stage. Between April and October 2017, the Review Group will establish what ‘Root and Branch’ means to those with care experience as well as key individuals and organisations.
Towards the end of this phase, the group will also agree on what good care and protection looks like for children and young people in care. This will provide a collective vision for Scotland’s care system and act as the benchmark for future Review thinking.
Fiona has also made a commitment to ensure that throughout the Review, at least half of every Group will be made up of people with care-experience. Care experience and the experiences of children and young people will be kept at the heart of the Review.
Norma Corlette, CEO at Staf, said:
“We are delighted at the approach taken in this review and we are happy to play our part.”
The Review is still currently being set up, but there are a number of ways to get involved: