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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…