The Promise was the outcome of a nation-wide, independent root and branch review of child care services.
It took in the views of 5,500 people from across the care system, including 2,500 children and young people with lived experience in care. Six reports were published in the wake of the review, setting out plans to transform how Scotland cares for children and supports families.
Underpinning it all is the universal commitment that every child in Scotland should grow up loved, safe, and respected so they can realise their full potential.
In the 12 months since its publication, Stirling Council has held true to its commitment to The Promise by:
- Ensuring that as many children as possible are cared for in their own local communities
- Further developing the Champions Board to involve care experienced young people directly in decision making
- Ensuring that as many children as possible are looked after by their own extended families, through increasing the number of kinship care arrangements
- Opening two new supported accommodation flats for care leavers
- Moving to recruit additional enhanced foster carers to further improve supports for local children
- Achieving “very good” grades for fostering and adoption team for providing loving and stable family homes for children
- Achieving “good” Grades for inspections of supported accommodation.
Delivering for the future
Now, as the nation reassesses how to deliver on The Promise amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic, Stirling Council has pledged even further support to make the outcomes of the Care Review a reality for all children and young people in the Council area.
Cllr Susan McGill, convener of the Children and Young People Committee, said: “Stirling’s commitment to The Promise remains steadfast and we have continued to work every day to ensure that every child is looked after in a loving, nurturing environment.
“Our Children and Families team has recently held workshops with staff and colleagues from 15 local partner agencies, focusing on the key chapters of The Promise. Care experienced young people were placed at the core of these discussions and told us they felt treated as equals, which is a sign we’re taking the right approach.
“Work is ongoing to set out a detailed, multi-agency implementation plan on The Promise report’s findings. This approach has been backed by Stirling’s ‘corporate parents’, which includes staff, elected members and representatives from local agencies like health care, police, Skills Development Scotland and the Third Sector.”
Upholding Children's Rights
Councillor Christine Simpson, vice convener, said: “The Promise is a blueprint for making wide-ranging changes to the whole care system and when it was published we found ourselves in the positive position where many of its core principles were already imbedded into the daily work of our children and families team.
“The care we deliver to the children and young people in Stirling always aims to uphold children’s rights and be loving, nurturing and led by the child, rather than a top-down approach from adults to young people.
“We will continue to follow the guiding principles of The Promise and today firmly underline our own pledge to ensure every child grows up feeling loved, safe, and respected.”