Keeping the Promise
Cassie Yeaman, Registered Manager at Fostering People Scotland, outlines her commitment to #Keepthepromise for the Children and Young People of Scotland.
Scotland has an ambition ‘to be the best place in the world to grow up’ so that children are ‘loved, safe and respected and realise their full potential’.
Back in 2016, the First Minister made a commitment that Scotland would “come together and love its most vulnerable children and give them the childhood they deserve”. This led to the Care Review which was driven by those with experience of care. The Care Review listened to the voices of over 5,500 children, young people and adults who had lived in care.
At Fostering People, we were delighted to receive a visit from Nicola Sturgeon when she came to talk to our children and young people in 2019.
The Care Review has led to The Promise. A Promise, that we at Fostering People are committed to upholding – as its principles and priorities closely align to our own ambition for the children in our care.
The Promise is built of 5 foundations
Voice: Children must be listened to and meaningfully and appropriately involved in decision-making about their care, with all those involved properly listening and responding to what children want and need. There must be a compassionate, caring, decision-making culture focussed on children and those they trust.
Family: Where children are safe in their families and feel loved they must stay – and families must be given support together to nurture that love and overcome the difficulties which get in the way.
Care: Where living with their family is not possible, children must stay with their brothers and sisters where safe to do so and belong to a loving home, staying there for as long as needed.
People: The children that Scotland cares for must be actively supported to develop relationships with people in the workforce and wider community, who in turn must be supported to listen and be compassionate in their decision-making and care.
Scaffolding: Children, families and the workforce must be supported by a system that is there when it is needed. The scaffolding of help, support and accountability must be ready and responsive when it is required.
“At Fostering People Scotland, we have always been committed about ensuring all children and young people in our care feel loved, valued and respected, whilst also being ambitious for all our children’s futures. As such we support the recommendations to achieve lasting and positive change for children and young people in Scotland. We are committed to doing all we can to #KeepThePromise for Children and Young People in Scotland and are working hard to find ways we can implement and deliver the recommendations of the Independent Care Review within Fostering People Scotland”. Cassie Yeaman - Registered Manager.
Find out more about Scotland’s Promise.