Policy & Research

Understanding lived experience is the route to change

We seek to influence the development of legislation, policy and good practice which has an effect on the lives of care experienced young people. We believe that those who have been in care are the experts in their own experience. That means they have a lot to offer and must be consulted by those in power.

Who Cares? Scotland has increasingly worked with care experienced people across Scotland to capture their views, experiences and suggestions for change in a range of areas. We have been told that the feeling of exclusion from communities and society whilst in and after leaving care can be high. That lack of belonging and self-confidence makes it difficult to hold down a job, to get or sustain a place in education and has a negative impact on mental health.

We want to influence change which directly redresses the inequality that care experienced people face at both a community and national level.

Please find our published policy resources below:

Briefings and Evidence Submissions

Find evidence given by Care Experienced people to Scottish Parliamentary committees and other organisations. Also general briefings on relevant issues and position papers for the organisation.

Consultation Responses

Read Care Experienced people’s views on a range of issues from health, police powers to child poverty. These have been created in response to public consultations on key policy areas and new legislation.

Reports and Research

Read reports and research created to amplify the voices of Care Experienced people on specific issues.

For relevant statistics related to Care Experience, click here.


With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities, funding partners and donors who make our work possible.