New collaboration launched advocating for the right to sibling contact
Date: 29th March 2018
Category: Looked after children
A multi-agency partnership has been launched with the aim of improving and changing legislation, policy and practice around sibling contact.
The partnership, entitled 'Stand Up for Siblings', is a collaboration between a number of child welfare, children's rights and legal organisations and academics within Scotland.
Several Together members are involved in the partnership including:
- The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)
- Clan Childlaw
- Who Cares? Scotland
Stand Up for Siblings will work to advocate for the rights of siblings in care, particularly in the following areas:
- Changes in the law to put sibling contact on the same legal footing as birth parent contact;
- Clear recording of children's sibling relationships in official records;
- National quality indicators for direct contact between siblings;
- A new national 'lifelong sibling relationships' assessment to replace the together/apart assessment
- Transparent recording of children's views regarding contact in Children's Hearings and court cases;
- A recruitment strategy to attract foster carers and adopters of sibling groups.
- Universal access to life story work for children permanently separated from birth siblings.
Stand Up for Siblings have a number of resources on their website for both young people and professionals who require support around sibling contact.
They are also asking people to take a pledge and show how they support the aims of the partnership.