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At FCA Scotland, we are wholeheartedly dedicated to honouring Scotland's commitment to the well-being of children and young people. Our mission is to ensure that every child and young person grows up in an environment filled with love, safety, and respect. We are proud to be a part of the #KeepThePromise movement.

February 26 2021 - 5 min read

In 2016, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, promised care experienced people that Scotland would do better and said "Scotland would come together and love its most vulnerable children and give them the childhood they deserve".  She announced an Independent Review of Care called the Care Review, which was driven and led by those who had experience of care.
The Care Review listened to over 5,500 views and experiences from children and young people with experiences of the care system, including adults who had lived in care, families and the paid /unpaid workforce.
The Care Review took all the views and organised it into different groups. Each of these groups are called Foundations which tells Scotland how we can better care for children, and has led to a promise.
Here at FCA Scotland we are dedicated to #KeepThePromise in-line with Scotland’s commitment to ensuring children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected.

The Promise

  • Voice: When children speak, adults must really listen to them. Adults must make sure that children are included in decisions about their lives.
  • Family: If children are living with their family and are safe and feel loved, they should stay there. Their family should be given all the help they need to stay together. If they need extra help when things get difficult, they should get it.
  • Care: If children cannot stay with the adults in their family, they will stay with their brothers and sisters. The home they live in together will be a place where they feel safe and loved. It should be their home for as long as they want and need it to be.
  • People: Relationships are important. Adults must make sure children are able to stay close to the people they want to and keep in contact with them. Adults must also help children make new relationships as they grow up. Sometimes adults need some help too. The adults who are close to children must get the help they need to make sure they can do their best for children.
  • Scaffolding: Help and support must be there for children and families whenever they need it. It must also be there for the adults who are close to children and families. It is important everyone knows where to go for help and that it is ready when it is asked for.

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Our Pledge

At FCA Scotland we have a longstanding commitment to providing loving, caring and supportive foster homes to children and young people through their childhood and into their adult lives.  Our Team Parenting approach is designed to provide wrap around services and support to children and young people and to their carers. We are committed to Keeping the Promise and to promoting the system change required to improve outcomes for looked after children.  We were proud to participate in the 1000 voices project and our ‘Safe and Happy’ pledge reflects our strong belief in listening to the voices of children and young people, ensuring they are safeguarded, and are cared for in stable, loving homes. We believe we can contribute to system change within our own organisation and through our current relationships, influence change with our partner agencies.

Amanda Lindsay, Registered Manager

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