Extending care provisions to 26: Who Cares? Scotland information paper

Date: 6th August 2013
Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care
Author: Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland released an information paper highlighting their call for amendments to Part 8 of the Bill, seeking to secure the right for a young person to stay in/or return to care up to 26 years of age.

Who Cares? Scotland has a vision of a Scotland where all young people from care are understood, believed in and given every opportunity to thrive. They believe that Scotland can ensure it is the 'best place in the world to go grow up' for all children and young people; and that Scottish Ministers can achieve this by legislating in Part 8 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill for young people to be able to stay in and/or return to care up to 26 years of age.

The information paper outlines what is missing in Part 8, especially if the proposal as it currently stands, is to support a care leaver up to 26 years of age; it then proposes what Who Cares? Scotland would like to see changed in Part 8 of the Bill, and why these changes matter.

Download the information paper here.