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The Independent Care Review set out to be the last care review Scotland needs.

Scotland has known for a long time that its "care system" isn't working.

It's not done as much as it could to make sure care experienced children grow up loved, safe, and respected. That's made things harder for those children. Sometimes, things have remained hard as they've moved into adult life.

There have been lots of attempts to fix this over the years, but they haven't worked. When the Independent Care Review was commissioned in 2016, the then First Minister said Scotland should never need another one.

This time, real change had to happen.

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The Independent Care Review helped Scotland make a promise

The promise is based on what care experienced people know needs changing

For over three years, the Independent Care Review listened to care experienced children, young people and families. It heard about how many of them did not feel loved. Were not kept safe. Were not respected.

And it put this together with evidence around how Scotland might do things better— to #KeepThePromise it made to every child and young person.

In February 2020, The Independent Care Review set out how the country can do just that: to make sure every care experienced child and young person is safe, loved and respected.

In seven reports, it laid out a vision for a Scotland that keeps the promise. It's one which all political parties have said they would implement in full.

About the promise.

Independent Care Review: Reports and resources

The Participation and Engagement Report from the Independent Care Review's Evidence Framework.

The Promise report tells Scotland what it must do to make sure its most vulnerable children feel loved— and have the childhood they deserve.

The pinky promise report tells younger readers what Scotland must do to make sure its most vulnerable children feel loved— and have the childhood they deserve.

The Care Review heard the experiences of over 5,500 people— those who the “system” worked for, and those who worked for the “system.” This Evidence Framework is based on what it found.

The Independent Care Review's plan explains how change needs to happen to #KeepThePromise.

The Independent Care Review's money report shows how Scotland can better invest in children and families.

This report sets out the reasons why Scotland must use its money differently when running services for children and young people in care.

The rules set out how Scotland's laws need to change in order to #KeepThePromise.

A thank you to everyone who gave their time, energy and commitment to the Independent Care Review.

The pinky promise report tells younger readers what Scotland must do to make sure its most vulnerable children feel loved— and have the childhood they deserve.

The pinky promise read by Fiona Duncan, Former Chair of the Independent Care Review.

Scotland's "care system" doesn't always work as a system.

So when you see it referenced by The Promise Scotland, it will be in inverted commas.

This is a way of highlighting that what's called a "care system" is really a lot of different parts.

And often, these don't fit together very well.

Dominoes starting to fall, suggesting impact.

The Promise Scotland: Supporting Scotland's promise

The Promise Scotland supports Scotland’s promise to care experienced people.

It does this through:

  • leading projects to drive change across Scotland, and
  • supporting other organisations to make the changes they need to #KeepThePromise.

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The Promise Scotland.

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