young people eligible for aftercare as at 31 July 2022


percentage of young people eligible for aftercare who were in education, training or employment as at 31 July 2022


young people recorded as in a Continuing Care placement in 2021/22

Shannon's Box

Created by Shannon when in role as our Youth Facilitator, Shannon's Box is designed to make entering care a little easier for children and young people. Find out more about this project.


Author: Cheryl Leggett

#WeLove: sharing COVID-19 best practice

This crisis has shone a new light on the issues children and young people in and leaving care face but we also know that there’s some great work continuing and we hope to highlight this through the #WeLove campaign.


Author: Liam Furby

Staf (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum) is Scotland’s national membership organisation for all of those involved in the lives of young people leaving care. Our vision is that the wellbeing and success of young people leaving care across Scotland is indistinguishable from that of theirs peers in the general population. Together we can make that happen.

The Real Toolkit

The Real Toolkit is a collection of guides for young people in care and the workforce that support them. REAL stands for Relationships, Empathy and Love which is both our vision for young people as well as the guiding principles throughout this resource. While the focus is on the transition out of care and the time comes after that, this resource can be used by anyone at any time.  Go to www.therealtoolkit.scot to find out more Funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.


Author: Liam Furby

Project Return

Funded by the Life Changes Trust, Project Return will bring together young people and practitioners to aid our understanding of trauma and trauma-informed practice, and to explore the supportive environments we know are required to support recovery and the development of relationships.


Author: Cheryl Leggett

Youth Justice Voices

With funding from the Life Changes Trust and in collaboration with Children and Young People's Centre for Justice (CYCJ), we listen to the voice of care and justice-experienced young people so that their views are given the due weight and attention they deserve.


Author: Liam Furby

Latest news

  • Cutting Aboot

    The National Leadership Network have launched Cutting Aboot, a new initiative funded by Smarter Choices Smarter Places seeking to explore how individuals with experience of care travel, and barriers they face in travelling actively. Read more

  • Trauma informed practice roadmap published

    The National Trauma Transformation Programme has designed a new roadmap to help services and organisations identify and reflect on progress, strengths and opportunities for embedding a trauma-informed and responsive approach across policy and practice. Read more

  • First Minister visits Staf to launch Care Leaver Payment and 100 Days of Listening

    This care experienced week, Scotland's First Minister Humza Yousaf visited the Staf participation space to speak with care experienced young adults about the 100 Days of Listening and to launch the care leaver payment consultation. Read more

Latest Blog

  • Trustee times

    Board member, Simone Smith, who is stepping down from her role after 6 years, shares what it's been like to be part of Staf's Trustee team. Read more

  • Christmas ad with a difference

    Youth Just Us member Bella reflects on the adverts of Christmas past and present, what it feels like to be care experienced at the 'most wonderful time of the year' and her message to care experienced children and young people. Read more

  • Changes to the Real Toolkit, why and why it is important.

    We've made some changes to the Real Toolkit. Project Worker Katrina explains what they are and why they were introduced. Read more