As some of you may know our first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in October 2016 that parliament had commissioned an independent review into the “Care System” in Scotland. Fiona Duncan was subsequently appointed as the head of this independent review.
The full scope of the review is to look at the full system of care for infants, children and young people who are “looked after”.
I was appointed to the “Workers” workstream which is a through review into the practices, training and processes of all workers that are involved in the “care system”. After spending almost 11 years in residential childcare from around 6 to 7 then 8 to almost 17 it is a massive honour for me to be involved in what is labelled a review like no other.
We are committed to changing the system currently in place by retaining the best practices and rolling these out throughout all local authorities and ripping up and recreating those parts of the system that are not fit for purpose or do not work.
The work over the next year will not be without challenges but after today session I am hugely optimistic that we will be a shining example throughout the world of how a society should care for its children in their time of need and vulnerability. Todays session was the first of many sessions throughout the year and was conducted with great passion and respect. Big changes ahead.