Care experienced young people’s views of the Children & Young People Act

Categories: Looked after children and Respect for the views of the child

1st February 2015

Who Cares? Scotland want to make sure young people are being listened to about how professionals should interpret their duties under the Children and Young People Act, and have consulted with care experienced young people and shared the findings.

At the end of 2014 Who Cares? Scotland directly consulted with 87 young people to establish their experiences of living in care, their hopes for life after care and the types of support they would need to achieve this.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 includes three important provisions which have the potential of improving care experience across Scotland:

1. Increased care leaving age for young people up to the age of 21
2. Increased after care support up to the age of 26
3. A clearer definition of corporate parenting and 24 named corporate parents

This report highlights the experiences and views of looked-after young people and care leavers and helps to clarify which issues are important to this group. It provides suggestions for how the Act can deliver effectively on its intentions.

The report also looks into knowledge of children's rights amongst young people with care experience: 99% of participants in the study stated that they thought children's rights were important and 50% of participants were confident that they knew what their rights were.

Who Cares? Scotland highlight that it is imperative that the voices of children and young people are heard regarding the support they need to fulfil the intentions of the Act, and also in the development of any guidance and the frontline interpretation of this legislation.

 

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