Care Review: ‘Every child deserves to know they are loved’

Dan Vevers - STV News

This article from STV describes the history of the Independent Scottish Care Review, including the advocacy of looked-after young people featured in a STV documentary whose efforts led, in part, to the call for the Independent Review in 2016. According to the article, after sharing their stories in the documentary, Laura Beveridge and Ashley Cameron were invited, along with two others, to a face-to-face meeting with Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. 

"That meeting, with STV cameras in the room, ended with a promise from the First Minister to put listening to cared-for young people at the heart of how her government would approach the issue," says the article. At a conference a few weeks later, "the SNP leader spoke emotionally about how her meetings with care-experienced people had moved her, and announced a 'root-and-branch' review of the care system for the nearly 15,000 looked-after children in Scotland."

The results of that review have now been published, "with calls to overhaul the care system to give looked-after young people the most loving and stable childhoods possible." Of the final report Beveridge said “I’m really hopeful and excited about the next steps. Like you, I’ve put my heart and soul into this."