Includem welcomes the appointment of Fiona Duncan as independent chair of the root and branch review of the care system in Scotland.
Chief Executive of Includem, Angela Morgan said:
“I am delighted that Fiona Duncan will be taking forward this important work.
“With knowledge and experience of the third sector and of the challenges faced by vulnerable children, young people and communities she will know how to reach out to make sure voices from diverse backgrounds and experiences are heard.
“We look forward to working with the inquiry in the weeks and months ahead and supporting young people to share their experiences.”
Includem is developing a project with our frontline staff and young people to support all young people to participate in the care review so their opinions and experiences are heard. From our experience working with young people, predominantly looked after at home, our key issues for the review to focus on are:
- All looked after young people need to be part of this review – including those looked after at home who often have the poorest outcomes and are often underrepresented in reviews of this kind
- Early intervention and prevention should be considered – what more can be done to prevent children and young people entering the care system in the first place?
- What support can be provided to looked after young people to ensure their needs are met – especially around mental health, access to education and flexibility of support when they need it most.
For more information please contact Michael Shanks, Policy and Communications Manager on 0141 427 0523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.