Catch up with last week’s care-related news, all in one place on our website. In this week’s news a Minister admits that 200 asylum seeking children have gone missing in the UK and teachers in Connecticut help Care Experienced amputee and adopt him.
What does Care Experienced mean?
The term "Care Experienced" refers to anyone who is currently in care or has been for any length of time regardless of their age.
This care may have been provided in many different settings, such as:
A lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people.
This is our vision.
We will do what’s needed to achieve it.
Let our members tell you why the different elements of the vision are important to them:
Our former Chief Executive, Duncan Dunlop discusses a trip he took to New Zealand in 2016 to oversee a review of their National Child Youth and Family Agency.
In 2021 our members voted on a new logo. The logo they chose better reflects our values, history and our lifelong offer of love to all Care Experienced people.
Watch this video to find out what our new logo stands for.
Our strategic plan for 2023 – 2027
Our vision is supported by five key priorities:
What we do
Who Cares? Scotland is a membership organisation with over 3,700 Care Experienced members, of all ages and experiences, from all over Scotland. Our members are at the front and centre of our work and ensuring they feel well represented, valued and connected is of the utmost importance and key to our participation and influencing work.
We strive to provide advocacy that helps young people feel respected, included, listened to and understood. We’re independent to any care services a young person receives – this is crucial because we want young people to be supported and understood with no conflict of interest. We've also set up The Helpline to support Care Experienced people by providing lifelong advocacy throughout Scotland. We can support, signpost and offer choice when you feel there is nowhere else to turn.
We understand the importance of connecting with people who have similar or shared experiences, which is why we support and resource safe and valued local, regional and national spaces, bringing members together to build peer relationships, explore their identities and shape the world around them. We offer a wide range of groups, activities and events for Care Experienced people across Scotland.
Education & Influencing
We support and empower individuals to develop as representatives who can speak on behalf of our membership. We gather members together, invest in them, and support them to elevate their collective voice. Our members help to shape and inform Who Cares? Scotland’s decision-making processes as well as having the aspiration to positively change Scottish culture to ensure a better future for Care Experienced people
To mark the International Day of Education 2023, our Communities that Care Schools Coordinator, Lynsey Emery, writes about the importance of creating supportive learning environments that are responsive to the needs of Care Experienced people.
Catch up with last week’s care-related news, all in one place on our website. In this week’s news Barnardo’s Scotland has revealed there are now nearly 700 people on the waiting list for foster care and Canada is paying indigenous communties $2.8 billion for ‘cultural genocide’ in children’s homes.
Catch up with last week’s care-related news, all in one place on our website. In this weeks news tributes have been paid to foster carer Audrey Wearing MBE and Fiona Duncan shared why she believes Scotland needs to know if Scotland is keeping The Promise.
Catch up with last week’s care-related news. In this week’s news, Become discovered that over 1,200 children were moved placement over the Christmas period, and tributes have been paid to Ian Dickson, a Care Experienced campaigner and former social worker.
Our member, Farrah, 13, took a trip to the set of The Beaker Girls in Bristol. She caught up with the crew and got to see how a scene is filmed. Read all about her trip and check out her Q&A with Dani Harmer who plays Tracy, Emma Maggie who plays Jess and Chi Megan who plays Jordan.
Louise Hunter, Chief Executive, reflects on a busy year at Who Cares? Scotland.
Care Experienced news stories from 12th – 19th of December. This week’s highlights include a warning from UK police that gangs are targeting asylum seekers in children’s homes to recruit for illegal activities and Action For Children have been helping relatives find out about their ancestors who lived in one of London’s first children’s homes.
The Sexual Health and Healthy Relationships Project ran from January – November 2022 and brought together 32 passionate Care Experienced people to co-design refreshed workforce guidance for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) Health Board on sexual health and healthy relationships.
Care Experienced news stories from 6th – 12th of December. This week’s highlights include Wigan Council voting to make ‘Care Experience’ a protected characteristic and new findings on how Care Experienced people interact with the criminal justice system.
Xavier Rae, a member of the National Representative Body, is currently studying international hospitality in Edinburgh. Find out more about his passion for baking and his career aspirations in this case study.
This year Who Cares? Scotland brought back it’s Harvard Summer School programme back. Meg Tulk, 17, tells us about their time at Harvard and what the experience means for their future.