About the Independent Care Review

What is the Care Review?

The Independent Care Review’s aim is to identify and deliver lasting change in Scotland’s ‘care system and leave a legacy that will transform the wellbeing of infants, children and young people.

In October 2016, after meeting with and listening to children and young people in care, Scotland’s First Minister announced “an independent, root and branch review of the care system” to look at “the underpinning legislation, practices, culture and ethos”.

The Independent Care Review began its work in February 2017 and by November of the same year it was agreed that the Care Review would take up to three years to conclude.

A review of Scotland’s ‘care system’ has never been done quite like this, or on this scale before, but the only way significant improvements can be made is by understanding the full extent of what it means to experience care.

Listening to everyone

Achieving lasting change for Scotland’s infants, children and young people in care is complex and challenging.

The lived experience and wisdom of people are at the very heart of the Care Review. That means actively listening to the voices of children and young people in care, care leavers – young and old – and families and carers.

To make positive change happen, individuals and organisations working with and for vulnerable children and families also have to be heard and understood.


The Independent Care Review is in its third of four stages – called the Journey stage.

View or download the Journey stage update for a brief summary of the work of the Care Review so far, with a preview of what to expect from the final stage in early 2020 – Destination.

Journey stage update document