YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES: Driving change in the ‘care system’

By Rory Murphy           Artwork: Jane Heaney

Care-experienced young people will be at the heart of a £4 million fund to help improve the lives of those in or on the edges of care.

The Promise Partnership Fund will help organisations to implement changes so they can better support children, young people and families who need it.

Private, public and third sector organisations can apply and care-experienced young people will assist in the final funding decisions.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney, right,  said:  “The Promise Partnership Fund is an important step towards keeping The Promise to bring transformational changes to the lives of children, young people and families in or on the edges care.

“We have already seen many partners take the principles of the Promise to the heart of their organisations. This initial funding towards keeping the Promise will help organisations to make the changes that are necessary to improve holistic family support, so that families are listened to and get the support where they need it, when they need it and for as long as they need it.

“It is absolutely right that care-experienced young people and families will be at the heart of The Promise Partnership Fund decision-making process.”

Fiona Duncan, Chair of The Promise, said:  “Despite a difficult year, it is clear that organisations and individuals all across Scotland recognise their responsibility to and are working towards Keeping their Promise to children and families. The Promise Partnership is an important step towards helping change happen right now and in the future.”

Meanwhile,  Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie, left,  has today branded the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee scheme “inadequate” after the Government announced measures to help just half of those currently without work.

Figures show that in December 2020 there were around 39,000 claimants aged 16-24 but the package of measures announced today by Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop contains provisions to assist up just 18,000 young people.

Mr Rennie said:  “The Scottish Government’s scale of ambition for its youth guarantee is wholly inadequate. Almost 40,000 young people are without work right now, and it is frustrating to see that the Scottish Government’s programme only aims to help half of those people.

“We need a bolder commitment from the government to help young people who will otherwise be subject to a permanent scarring of our economy and their opportunities.

“Liberal democrats support the guarantee, but we need a guarantee with scope that will help more young people with the opportunities they deserve.”

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