Staf CEO Jo Derrick has today hailed the publication of ‘The Promise’ by the Independent Care Review, as an historic moment for Scotland’s care system.

Jo has also praised the more than 5,500 children, young people, their families and the paid and unpaid workforce who have contributed to the process.

The implementation plan for the ‘The Promise’ will be co-designed with young people and families, and Staf has called for this process to include all of those who support care-experienced young people, including leaving care teams.

Staf is Scotland’s membership organisation for all those involved in the lives of young people in or leaving care with over 70 members, including all 32 local authorities. As such, we will undertake a short period of reflection, engaging with our members on how best to deliver on the promises made.

Welcoming the report, Staf CEO Jo Derrick said:

“Today marks an historic moment for Scotland’s care system, a milestone reached only because young people, including the many we are proud to have supported over the past 20 years, have made their voice heard and been listened to.

“On behalf of Staf I want to express my sincere thanks to Fiona Duncan and all of those involved in the process, particularly the children and young people involved in producing this ground-breaking work.

“Staf will now undertake a short period of reflection, including engaging with our members, on how as a society we can best deliver on the promises made.

“It is clear that implementation will be key – getting that right will need genuine co-production between young people and all of those that support them.

“We cannot let our young people down – Staf stands ready to play its role in ensuring we deliver the care and love our young people deserve.”