Staf is launching a new project called Mapping Relationships, this is the first stage of a new three-year project to support you to develop relationship-based practice.

Mapping Relationships will involve Staf consulting with all of those who work with care leavers in Scotland to gather opinions and practice examples around relationships. 

As the Project Worker on this exciting new project, I've already started travelling Scotland talking relationships and I'm hoping to hear from as many of you as possible.

But, first, I've been thinking about why relationships matter. Here are just five reasons why we care about relationships.

  1. Resilience within our young people - the ability to adapt to change and cope with difficulty - is built through relationships (Stainton et al., 2018; Wade & Munro, 2008; Cashmore & Paxman, 2006).
  2. Relationships promote healing and recovery from trauma and adversity (Perry, 2006).
  3. The importance of relationships is recognised by the Care Inspectorate and is being recognised in their inspections of services (Care Inspectorate, 2018).
  4. Good relationships mean better lives for young people, supporting better health and wellbeing (Griffiths, 2017).
  5. By giving them the time and space to focus on relationships, we create a better environment for practitioners to work in (Hayes, 2018).

We want to hear from you

I've already begun travelling Scotland to meet Staf members and learn about how relationships are built and what they mean to you - here's how you can get involved too.

You can shape this project by having your voice heard in a number of ways:

  • Call on 0141 465 7511 or write an email to [email protected]
  • Set up a meeting with me
  • Take part in our online survey (there's prizes to be won)
  • Follow us online and contribute to the discussion with the hashtag #MappingRelationships
  • Attend a workshop or focus group - we'll be holding three consultation events: in Aberdeen on the 24th September, in Glasgow on the 1st October, and an online event on the 8th October. More information will be sent out soon, but be the first to know by emailing me at [email protected]

Take the survey

Follow my journey

I'm mapping my journey through a website called Polar Steps - you can follow me and learn more about what I'm learning here


  • Cashmore, J. & Paxman, M. (2006). Predicting after-care outcomes: the importance of 'felt' security. Child and Family Social Work, 11(3), 232-241.
  • Griffiths, H. (2017) Social Isolation and Loneliness in the UK. iotUK. London.
  • Hayes, D. (2018) Relationships Matter: An analysis of complaint about social workers to the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and the Patient and Client Council. Northern Ireland Social Care Council
  • Stainton, A., Chisholm, K., Kaiser, N., Rosen, M., Upthegrove, R., Ruhrmann, S., and Wood, S. J. (2018) "Resilience as a multimodal dynamic process". Early intervention in psychiatry.
  • Wade, J. & Munro, E. (2008) in Stein, M. & Munro, E. (Eds.), Young people's transition from care to adulthood: International research and practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.