Brothers and Sisters Separation and Contact

Following interviews with care-experienced young people who had been separated from their siblings on entering the care system, Connecting Voices have published this report on their findings in East Ayrshire. Read more

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

The Scottish Government has published a ten minute training tool: 'Introducing Children's Rights'. Find out more and access the training materials. Read more

Responding to Offending in Residential Child Care - Next Steps

Building upon previous research into offending and residential childcare, 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Responses to Offending in Residential Childcare, CYCJ and Staf have been working on the 'Responding to Offending in Residential Childcare - Next Steps' project. Find out more about this work and read our progress report. Read more

Our Lives, Our Care

The Bright Spots programme was developed by Coram Voice and the University of Bristol to improve the well-being of children and young people in care by identifying and promoting practices that have a positive influence on them. This report summarises the findings from the responses to the Bright Spots' Your Life, Your Care survey in six local authority areas in England. Read more

Stand Up for Siblings

We know that children who face adversity greatly value their relationships with their brothers and sisters. Stand Up for Siblings is a new collaborative project aimed at protecting the rights and promoting the wellbeing of brothers and sisters in such circumstances. Find out more about Stand Up for Siblings. Read more

Care Leavers and Benefits: Giving Good Advice

CPAG Scotland and Staf published this updated joint briefing on giving benefits advice to care leavers. Find out more and download the briefing. Read more

We Can and Must Do Better

Published in 2007, this report highlighted the need to improve the learning and development for everyone who works with Scotland's looked-after children and care leavers. Find out more and download this report. Read more

Scottish Care Leavers Covenant

The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant is a bold and committed promise to young people who have experience of the care system: that they matter. Read more

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. Read more

The Voices

Between 2014 and 2016, care-experienced young people travelled the country from Dumfries to Inverness, presented at a wide variety of forums, events and conferences, had an audience with the then Minister for Children and Young People, and have found themselves trending on Twitter. Their report 'Listen...Can You Hear Their Voices?' was published in August 2016 highlighting their findings and making key recommendations. Read more

We Can and Must Do Better: Online Resource Bank

Suited to a range of users, this resource bank is for everyone in scotland concerned with improving the outcomes for looked after children, care leavers and their families. Find out more and access the resource bank. Read more

Getting it right for looked after children and young people

In 2015, the Scottish Government published this strategy, setting out its priorities to improve the lives of looked after children and young people. Find out more and download the strategy document. Read more

"For effective aftercare, you need effective relationships"

The views of Aftercare workers in Munster on the needs of young people leaving care and gaps in the current system. This paper, by Julianne McSweeney assesses the current situation in relation to aftercare provision and identifies gaps in the system in Ireland. Find out more and download this paper. Read more

Relationship Boundaries in Residential Child Care

Relationship Boundaries in Residential Child Care: Intimacy and safety in group care relationships (by Phil Coady) is a practitioner research study which explores the boundary decisions of residential child care workers in their relationships with young people. Find out more and download this paper. Read more

What are our obligations to care leavers who lose their own infants and children to the State?

An article by Professor Karen Broadhurst, Claire Mason and Dr Stuart Bedston - Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Lancaster University. Read more

How Good is Your Throughcare & Aftercare Service?

In 2006, Staf published a this document which provides a number of quality indicators for best practice to support young people who are or have been looked after. Read more

Housing Options Protocols for Care leavers

Securing suitable accommodation for care leavers is about much more than finding them a place to stay. Read our summary of the Housing Options Protocol Guidance published by the Scottish Government in October 2013. Read more

Staying Put Scotland

In October 2013, the Scottish Government published 'Staying Put Scotland: Providing care leavers with connectedness and belonging'. Find out more about this guidance. Read more

Staf's at-a-glance guide to Staying Put Scotland

Read our at-a-glance guide to the Staying Put Scotlnad Guidance, published by the Scottish Government in October 2013. Read more

Ben Farrugia on Part 9, Corporate Parenting

Ben Farrugia, CELCIS, joined us at our Practitioners' Gathering in February 2015 to tell us more about Part 9 (Corporate Parenting) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Read more

Louise Hill: Corporate Parenting

We interviewed Dr Louise Hill (CELCIS) about what Corporate Parenting is and how the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 affects the Corporate Parents listed in Schedule 4. Read more