Two of the team involved in an independent review of Scotland’s care system have been in Orkney to learn from the experiences of local people.
Among those they have been talking to are cared-for children and young people, families, carers, foster parents, social work and schools staff.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced this 'root and branch' review of the care system earlier this year and the Independent Care Review officially launched in May.
At the launch, Chair Fiona Duncan set out the Review’s aim to bring about lasting change that will transform the life chances and wellbeing of children and young people in care.
She said: “The Review will help Scotland to deliver on its vision to be the best place in the world to grow up, particularly for the 15,000 children and young people in care today, and for those children and young people that will be in care in the future.”
The Review is currently seeking views on the vision and scope of the review. In particular those involved are asking: what would the best care system in Scotland look like for you?
Of their visit to the islands, Liz Brabender, from the Independent Care Review team, said:
“We have received such a warm welcome in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles and there has been a real enthusiasm and curiosity to learn about and contribute to the Review.
“The lived experience of people is at the heart of this Review and we want to hear from as many of you as possible.”
You can find out about a range of ways to engage in the Independent Care Review on their website.
In particular, people who work with and have experience of care for children and young people are encouraged to complete this online survey.