Staf report: COVID-19 impact on care leavers highlights need to build back better

Staf has published a report setting out the impact of COVID-19 on care leavers, based on feedback from young people themselves and Staf member organisations who support them. Read more

£10 child benefit top-up would benefit care-experienced parents

Staf CEO Jo Derrick has joined calls for £10 per week child benefit top-up to lift families out of poverty, which will particularly support care-experienced parents who may be experiencing unexpected financial difficulties. Read more

Scottish Government heeds Staf calls for changes to Job Start Payment

Staf CEO Jo Derrick has today welcomed proposals for a new benefit to support young people moving into work, which include changes called for by Staf to better support care leavers. Read more

Political parties tell Staf how they'll tackle care leaver poverty

We asked the main Scottish political parties what action their MPs will take after the General Election to ensure that no care leaver lives in poverty. Here's what they told us. Read more

Staf welcomes new support for care-experienced young people in the Programme for Government

Norma Corlette, Staf Chief Executive, has today (Wednesday 3 September) welcomed the Scottish Government’s plans for the year ahead, hailing the young people who have “raised their voice and delivered change”. Read more

In conversation with Deputy First Minister John Swinney: New episode of The Forum podcast launched

Staf has recently launched the latest episode of our podcast, ‘The Forum’. The third full episode of our series focusses on The Care Experienced Bursary, in conversation with John Swinney, Deputy First Minister for Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. Read more

Jo Derrick Appointed as New Staf CEO

Jo Derrick has been appointed as Staf's new CEO, selected through a recruitment process involving frontline workers, care-experienced young people, and Staf board members. Read the full announcement here. Read more

Shannon's Box to be delivered to young people entering care

A new initiative, Shannon's Box, has been launched to make entering care a little easier for children and young people. The box will now begin to be delivered in East Ayrshire, in partnership with East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Read more

New Income Supplement must tackle care leaver poverty

Staf is supportive of the stated aim of the proposed Income Supplement – to lift the maximum number of children out of poverty – and echoes the call for it to be delivered as quickly as possible. We are concerned, however, that the new benefit will not reach all young people leaving care or those that support them. Read more