East Renfrewshire Council has run a half-day event to ensure Council staff and local partners are fully aware of their responsibilities towards children in care, as well as those who are ‘looked after’ at home.
In March 2014, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 became law and with 18 constituent parts, the Act introduces significant changes that will impact on every aspect of children’s services and on all stages of a child’s life, well into adulthood.
East Renfrewshire Council Chief Executive, Lorraine McMillan, who opened the event said, “The new Act has considerable implications for the Council and all its partners in this arena and we wanted to hold this event to explore not only how we can all meet our statutory obligations, but also how we can work together to provide an utterly seamless service.
“Starting the way we mean to go on, we were tremendously excited to get input at the event from care experienced young people themselves.”
Taking centre stage at the event was a group of looked after young people who performed a dramatisation of their experiences in care, which they created in conjunction with the Citizens Theatre.
Producer, Martin Travers, said the performance was designed to help delegates think differently about young people in this position and ignite fervent debate ahead of cross-agency workshops during the event.
There was a packed agenda at the event including the launch of a new East Renfrewshire Champions Board comprising young people, senior Council officers and their contemporaries from partner bodies, and elected members.
The Board will provide a forum for looked after and previously looked after young people in East Renfrewshire to directly influence and help re-design services that affect them.