A Promise to improve the lives of children & young people in care
Back in 2016, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon promised care experienced people that Scotland would do better. She said: "Scotland would come together and love its most vulnerable children and give them the childhood they deserve". This led to the Care Review, which over 3 years listened to the voices of over 5,500 children, young people and adults who had lived in care.
This Care Review in turn led to The Promise, a longstanding commitment to providing loving, caring and supportive foster homes to children and young people through their childhood and into their adult lives.
Here at FCA Scotland, we are committed to Keeping the Promise and to promoting the system change required to improve outcomes for looked after children.
Download the full report to find out more about Scotland’s Promise.
The foundations of The Promise...
Keeping The Promise...
Young Person’s Forum
To make sure we listen to children properly, we’ve created a young people’s forum where they get together with FCA Scotland’s leadership team to talk about what we’re doing and what we can do better.
We have a culture where we actively encourage children and young people to get involved and have their say.
"One of the findings from the Independent Care Review and key points of The Promise is how important active listening and engagement is, and therefore I will be working closely with our Children and Young People Support Service to ensure that our children and young people have the chance to have their voices heard, and will be going along to planned young people’s events and groups, as well as looking at setting up some specific participation groups/events relating to The Promise.” - Roxanne Little, Service Lead for The Promise
Our aims and objectives
To provide a child-centred and inclusive partnership based approach which embraces children and young people, their families, foster carers, local authority and other agency colleagues.
To do everything possible to achieve a stable placement, free from disruption, where a child and young person’s needs are understood and met.
To respect and promote the racial, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds of children and young people.
To meet the needs of disabled children and young people including those with physical/learning disabilities, Autism/ADHD, sensory impairment, and those who have complex health needs and are life limited - also those that present with challenging behaviours due to their disabilities.
To recruit foster carers from a wide range of backgrounds so that we can offer appropriate placements for children and young people.
To provide 24 hour support for our foster carers and children and young people, 7 days a week.
To provide ongoing training and development of our foster carers.
To provide a workforce of managers, practitioners and support staff who are appropriately qualified and registered with their professional regulatory body, as well as being supported in continuous professional development.
Introducing Roxanne, New Service Lead for The Promise
May 27 2022
At FCA Scotland we have a longstanding commitment to upholding The Promise, a pledge to ensure all children and young people in care grow up loved, safe and respected. To help enable us to uphold this, we've appointed a new Service Lead for The Promise, Roxanne.
Care Experienced Week 2023
October 24 2023
FCA Scotland are proud to support Care Experienced Week 2023. The voices and experiences of our young people have always been at the heart of what we do here in.
A New Year Promise Update
January 1 2023
Roxanne, Service Lead for The Promise, gives her update on FCA Scotland’s progress in upholding The promise, with exciting new opportunities for our staff, carers and young people to get involved in 2023.
A July Update for The Promise
August 5 2022
Find out what FCA Scotland has been doing this summer to ensure all our children and young people's voices are listened to in line with our dedication to #KeepingThePromise.
The Promise Young person's event
July 12 2022
Eight of our young people aged 12- 18 years old took part in a participation event in respect of The Promise.
The Promise participation event at the Lochgelly Centre
July 13 2022
During July we held our second young person’s participation event of the week in respect of The Promise. This event was held in the Lochgelly Centre for our young people from the East of Scotland.