Call for the UN to recognise Care Day every year

21.02.2020

Care Day is the world’s biggest celebration of people with Care Experience. The term “care experienced” refers to anyone who has been or is currently in care. This care may have been provided in many different settings, including: Kinship care – living with a relative who is not your mum or dad; Looked after at home – with the help of social work; Residential care – living in a residential unit or school; Foster care – living with foster carers; Secure care – living in a secure unit and Adoption – living with adoptive parents.

Who Cares? Scotland has joined with organisations across the UK and Ireland to make a joint request to the UN to make the event, which has been going since 2016 and originated in Scotland, an official occasion to help support and promote people from the Care Experienced community.

According to the UN, “international days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilise political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.”

Each international day offers opportunities to organise activities related to the theme of the day. Organisations and offices of the United Nations system, and most importantly, governments, civil society, the public and private sectors, schools, universities and, more generally, citizens, make an international day a springboard for awareness-raising actions.

Duncan Dunlop, CEO of Who Cares? Scotland said

There is a global community of Care Experienced people who deserve to be championed, cherished and connected to each other.  We are hopeful that the UN will support our call to make Care Day an international day to help do just that, forever.

To join in with Care Day 2020 follow #CareDay and #Reimagining.

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