The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant is a bold and committed promise to young people who have experience of the care system: that they matter.
The Covenant was created by an ‘Alliance’ of stakeholders, to close the gap between policy and practice for care leavers.
The Covenant supports the implementation of Part 10 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This means supporting the 'aftercare' (advice, guidance and assistance) of care leavers transitioning into adulthood.
The Covenant will support corporate parents to deliver changes in action and practice to bring improvement and consistency to the care of these young people. It offers clear guidance on how to meet the needs of young people who are often disadvantaged as a result of their care experiences.
Care leavers often struggle on the journey out of care and into independence. For many, there is no support or guidance. As a result, the challenges are too great and they continue to experience problems that lead to far poorer outcomes than their peers.
These outcomes are not inevitable and should NOT be accepted as the 'norm'.
This is why we need the Covenant, to change thinking and practice, effecting the cultural shift needed to tackle these issues.
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