“This is the most important thing I have ever been asked to do and the conversations I have had with children and young people are a huge privilege. They are trusting me and the review to listen properly. There’s learning in every single story. I intend to honour them all.” (Fiona Duncan, Chair of the Independent Care Review)

In an interview with the Guardian, Fiona Duncan (Independent Care Review) shared some of the findings from the Review so far, the next steps for the Review, and what she hopes will change as a result of the Review.

The Independent Care Review has now heard the stories of over 800 care-experienced children and young people, and 800 more paid and unpaid people who work with them. The early stages of the review have highlighted some fantastic practice taking place in Scotland, but also some practices that should stop (such as separating brothers and sisters). The Discovery Stage has also highlighted some practice that works but needs a boost, or gaps in evidence where pilots and tests could be carried out. There are also some issues that will require more in-depth study, including preventing children on the edges of care from entering it, what happens at the end of a child or young person's time in care, and how the system is inspected.

- Read the Article in the Guardian