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Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Conference

26th October 2017


About the Covenant

The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant was launched in October 2015, to help change the lives of care leavers. It supports Scotland’s corporate parents, carers, practitioners, managers and decision makers to fulfil their duties. Almost 500 organisations and individuals have endorsed the Covenant so far and it’s being used by corporate parents, at both strategic and operational level, to remove barriers, change culture and improve core practice.

We’re bringing together leaders and practitioners to chart progress, share learning and identify challenges and opportunities.

Keynote speaker

We’re delighted to announce our keynote speaker, Emeritus Professor Mike Stein from the University of York, who along with corporate leaders will set the scene. Professor Stein is one of the UK’s leading academics in his field and for the past 25 years has been researching the problems and challenges faced by young people leaving care. Well-acquainted with the landscape for care leavers in Scotland, Professor Stein co-authored the Still A Bairn report in 2002 and provided the forward for the CELCIS/Staf 2014 National Study into throughcare and aftercare provision in Scotland. He is currently involved in the development of an international network of leaving care researchers

About the workshops

Delegates will choose from four fantastic workshops which will be linked to the guiding principles of the Covenant:

  • Care proofing of policy
    Corporate parents recognise the vulnerability of care leavers as young adults, and prioritise and reference them in policy documents.
  • Assumption of entitlement
    Corporate parents will assume all care leavers are entitled to services, support and opportunities, up to their 26th birthday. Where discretion exists in definitions of vulnerability, or in giving priority access, these will be in favour of care leavers.
  • Staying Put and Continuing Care
    Corporate parents will demonstrate that looked after young people and care leavers are actively encouraged, enabled and empowered to benefit from ‘Staying Put’ arrangements, remaining in positive care settings until they are ready to move on.
  • Relationship-based practice
    Corporate parents will demonstrate that priority is given to relationship-based practice, based on understanding, empathy, respect, and ‘stickability’.



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