Participation of Care Experienced People

Children and young people thrive when they feel like they belong.

We offer a wide range of groups, activities and events for care experienced people across Scotland.  This is one of the many benefits of becoming a member of the Who Cares? Scotland family.

To find out about membership click here.

What does care experienced mean?

Who Cares? Scotland uses the term care experienced young people – as many young people have told us it sounds more positive than the labels – such as ‘looked after child’.

Care experience includes:

  • Kinship care – for instance living with gran or aunty.
  • Looked after at home – with the help of social work.
  • Children’s home or residential units.
  • Care leavers.
  • Young people in throughcare.

The benefits of getting involved

Fun and friendship with people who have similar or shared experiences helps everyone to feel understood, respected and included.

Here is what some young people have to say about getting involved.

The first word I think of is community. It gives us a network. The other word is family, you’re part of something bigger

The best thing is people support you and you make nice friendships

Meeting new people

The different opportunities I get. Also the people I meet

I have met loads of inspirational people. If I didn’t have Who Cares I wouldn’t have met the people I know today

How to get involved

Members of Who Cares? Scotland will have information on events sent to them.

Young people who receive advocacy from Who Cares? Scotland can speak to their worker.

Young people who are not a member, or who have no relationship with the organisation, can:

  • Speak to a member of the Membership Team by calling 0141 226 4441 or email us at
  • Speak to the local worker.
With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities and funding partners, who make our work possible
Who Cares? Scotland Funding Partners