Understanding lived experience is the route to change
We seek to influence the development of legislation, policies 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.