looked after children in Scotland as at 31st July 2017


of care-experienced young people aged 5-17 years old have been assessed as having mental health issues


of care-experienced pupils go straight from high school to University, compared to 39% of the general population

National Conference: Healing From Trauma And Moving On

Tuesday 27th November 2018, 9.30am to 4pm




Tickets: From £69.95

Author: Cheryl Leggett

Location: Glasgow Science Centre,50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow

Implications of Continuing Care Report

Staf has been working as part of a consortium of colleagues from across the sector which has been meeting about the implementation of Continuing Care. Following our Implications of Continuing Care focus group in February 2018, we produced a report looking at the issues and the good practice taking place across Scotland.


Author: Cheryl Leggett

Young People and Professionals United

Young People's Voice

Staf has always had the voice of care-experienced young people at its heart. From the Debate Project to the Voices and Connecting Voices, young people's voices have always influenced our work. Find out more about the voice of care-experienced young people.


Author: Cheryl Leggett


Staf runs a number of events throughout the year, including focus groups, Managers' Forums, Practitioners' Gatherings and our Annual Conference. Our events give attendees the chance to network, share ideas and good practice and to learn about the latest developments in the sector. Click here to see our upcoming events.


Author: Belinda Mustoe

Training and Consultancy

In addition to our calendar of events, Staf offers bespoke training and consultancy opportunities for all corporate parents across a range of subjects, including working with care-experienced young people, trauma-informed practice, trauma and stress management, and leadership and management.


Author: Cheryl Leggett

Latest news

  • New Theatre Company for Care-experienced Young People

    The Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow is looking for care-experienced young people aged 18-26 with an interest in performing to take part in their new theatre company. Find out more... Read more

  • Staf Welcomes Announcement of £1.35 million for trauma training

    Staf have welcomed yesterday's announcement made by deputy First Minister John Swinney that the Scottish Government will invest an additional £1.35 million to create a national training programme, developed for workers supporting people who have had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and traumatic experiences in adulthood, such as physical or sexual abuse. Read more

  • Introducing Children's Rights: A ten-minute training tool

    The Scottish Government has published a ten-minute training tool around children's rights, aimed at giving you a better understanding of children's rights, rights frameworks and rights-based legislation. Find out more and download the training materials. Read more

Upcoming Events

  • Implications of Continuing Care

    Tuesday 25th September 2018, 11.30am to 2.30pm Read more

  • Practitioners' Gathering

    Tuesday 30th October 2018, 10am to 3.30pm Read more

  • National Conference: Healing From Trauma And Moving On

    Tuesday 27th November 2018, 9.30am to 4pm Read more

Latest Blog

  • Creating an Active Citizen Platform to Watch our Young People Thrive

    We know how important it is to give young people tools to deal with their trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). But how often do we look at other ways young people can thrive - namely through their desire to help others? Read Ruairi's blog to find out more. Read more

  • Announcing Our New and Improved Website

    Following almost a year of research, consultation and hard work, we are proud to say that our new website is live. Find out more about how we transformed our website. Read more

  • Uncomfortable Truths

    Young people from the care system who offend are some of the hardest to reach and marginalised in society. In 2017, one of Staf's key objectives was to find out more and see what role we could play in supporting them better. Read more Read more