The Promise

Scotland has an ambition ‘to be the best place in the world to grow up’ so that children are ‘loved, safe, and respected and realise their full potential’. In October 2016, the First Minister made a commitment that Scotland would “come together and love its most vulnerable children to give them the childhood they deserve.”

In October 2016, after meeting with and listening to children and young people in care, Scotland’s First Minister announced, “an independent, root and branch review of the care system” to look at “the underpinning legislation, practices, culture and ethos”. The Independent Care Review’s (Care Review) aim was to identify and deliver lasting change in Scotland’s ‘care system’, leaving a legacy that will transform the wellbeing of infants, children and young people. It began its work in February 2017 and concluded on 5 February 2020 with the publication of seven reports, one of which was The Promise. On the same day, in the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister pledged to #KeepThePromise a commitment that got the support of all political parties. Over 5,500 children and adults engaged with the Care Review and organisations, institutions, bodies, communities and groups all across Scotland also pledged to #KeepThePromise.