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Children's Rights: legislation is not enough

The recent decision of the Supreme Court, that certain provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill were beyond the competence of the Scottish Parliament, was of course, a huge disappointment. A Bill, due for Royal Assent and to be commenced within six months, is now in limbo.

This setback compounds the 30-year delay between ratification…

William Lindsay: Outrage and shame are not enough.

Yesterday, it was three years since William Lindsay died, at just 16 years old in Polmont Young Offenders Institution.  William had experienced Scotland’s ‘care system’ and been let down, time after time, by the ‘system’ that was supposed to love, care and look after him ...

Fiona Duncan: One question and one question only series: What are the challenges and risks of the creation of a single National Care Service to #KeepThePromise?

At the beginning of last month, the ‘One Question and One Question only’ article in this short series about the Scottish Government consultation into the National Care Service considered the possible opportunities one single organisation could offer. The focus for this article is the challenges and risks.

Fiona Duncan - Programme for Government

In February 2020, Scottish Government accepted in full the Independent Care Review’s conclusions and, alongside others, made a promise to Scotland’s children and families. This meant that wherever children are safe in their families and feel loved they must stay, and families must be given support together to nurture that love and overcome the difficulties which get in the way. By committing to…

Fiona Duncan: One question and one question only series: What are the opportunities offered by a National Care Service?

On 9 August the Scottish Government commenced a 12-week consultation on the creation of a National Care Service. Their proposal is that the National Care Service also includes children’s social work and social care services. The Promise Scotland’s response will be guided by one question only: will it #KeepThePromise? What follows is a consideration of some of the opportunities for positive change that the proposal could offer.

Fiona Duncan: One Question and One Question Only - will it #KeepThePromise?

Today, the Scottish Government launches a 12-week consultation on the creation of the National Care Service - NCS.

It includes the proposal “that children’s social work and social care services should be located within the NCS to ensure a more cohesive integration of health, social work, and social care.” 

The outcome of this consultation could result in the creation of one single…

The Christie Commission - Ten years old and still pointing the way

Fraser McKinlay was formerly Audit Scotland’s Director of Performance Audit and Best Value. Prior to joining Audit Scotland, he was a consultant specialising in change management. He is currently Director of McKinlay Consulting and is working with The Promise Scotland to support its work on Human and Economic Cost Modelling.

This certainly won’t be the only blog post written to mark 10 years…

The Promise Scotland publishes Change Programme ONE

Today The Promise Scotland publishes Change Programme ONE. It is a plan of action for the coming year and follows on from the publication of Plan 21-24 which mapped and sequenced the 80+ calls to action in the Independent Care Review’s conclusions and identified five priority areas for the coming three years ...

Fiona Duncan: Plan 21-24 - Building a country that cares, made up of services that work

Today sees the launch of Plan 21-24, the first of three plans that will together set out how Scotland will, by 2030, #KeepThePromise made by the Independent Care Review.  Plan 21-24 focuses what must be done during the period from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2024. It provides key priorities and areas of focus for organisations to work to achieve the required change over the next…