To Engage, Mobilise and Empower Care Experienced Young People
Care experienced young people are the experts when it comes to their own lives. We will engage, mobilise and empower young people so that they can take control of their care experience.
We believe that the path to empowerment for care experienced young people starts with them having a say in the decisions that are being made about them. We will help young people as they work out how they want to take control of their care journey and we will offer them the support and guidance that they need to realise their rights. We will make sure that care experience people have opportunities to come together and mobilise their collective voice.
In short, we will help care experienced people find their voice and make sure that voice is heard.
To Influence Decision Makers
We believe that working together is the only way to make sure young people have a care experience that they flourish in. We will work with all willing organisations and public bodies to ensure that their decisions, policies and practice are creating inclusive and supportive environments for care experienced people. Organisations and bodies include:
- Local authorities;
- The Scottish Government;
- Care providers;
- Health providers;
- Emergency services;
- Universities; and
- Other third sector organisations.
We will work with those shaping and delivering care to help them understand how vital the care experienced voice is in making the right decision. It is our belief that the wisdom and perspective of those who are experiencing or have been through care is what leads us towards the best possible decisions and outcomes.
To Challenge Stigma and Discrimination
More than 90% of young people taken into care have experienced neglect and abuse. Despite this, young people tell us that people often assume they are bad or have done something wrong.
We know that people across Scotland don’t understand what life is like in care. This lack of understanding has, unfortunately, led to stigma.
We’ve heard of:
- landlords rejecting applications from care experienced tenants;
- employers asking if they would have any trouble from a care experienced applicant;
- people being told they don’t “look like” they were brought up in care; and
- of entire communities fighting against the building of children’s houses in their local area.
We will support care experienced people, and their movement of change, as they lead in the development of progressive attitudes and ensure that no care experienced person is ashamed of their identity.