This group continues to meet on a quarterly basis and its members include most of the Scottish Local Authorities and third sector providers of this important and developing service. The group continues to provide a supportive forum to share good practice, local and national developments and discuss issues around Care Inspectorate inspections.

The group continues to collect quantitative data about the current provision in Scotland and acknowledges the critical role this service plays in delivering for care-experienced young people under parts 10 and 11 (Aftercare and Continuing Care) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and the principles of Staying Put (2013).

The recent focus group meetings have discussed and shared developments around corporate parenting, recruitment and assessment of people who provide the service, employment for care-experienced young people via the Family Firm model, the growing influence of Champions' Boards across Scotland, the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant, celebrating successes, National Care Leavers' Week events across Scotland, the Independent Root and Branch Review of Care, plus local initiatives to enhance and improve support for care-experienced young people.

The group has also collaborated on and been consulted by the Care inspectorate about adult placement policy changes, contributed to the Scottish Government's Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group's consideration of Supported Lodgings as part of a better response to youth homelessness, and also some research with Shelter Scotland on testing the feasibility of Supported Lodgings scemes for young homeless people.

This group is aimed at members and corporate parents who provide supported lodgings or supported carers services for care-experienced young people, and gives you the opportunity to discuss any issues and share good practice with colleagues from across Scotland.

Members attend for free. A fee of £29.95 will be payable for non-members. Focus group fees are non-refundable.

Not sure if you're a member? Click on the following link for a list of our current members, or contact us, or call 0141 465 7511.

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