The Care Leavers Covenant six month review – blog

Date: 29th June 2016
Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care

CELCIS have published a blog sharing their thoughts on the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant, six months down the line.

The Covenant was created by an 'Alliance' of stakeholders, to close the gap between policy and practice for care leavers. It supports the implementation of Part 10 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This means supporting the 'aftercare' (advice, guidance and assistance) of care leavers transitioning into adulthood.

The Covenant aims to support corporate parents to deliver changes in action and practice to bring improvement and consistency to the care of these young people. It offers guidance on how to meet the needs of young people who are often disadvantaged as a result of their care experiences. It also aims to change thinking and practice, effecting a cultural shift to tackle the issues facing care leavers.

Kenny McGhee at the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland, part of the Covenant alliance group, reviews how the Covenant has been received, the road to putting it into practice, and next steps for the Covenant.