About the Review

What we do

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

Listening to everyone

Achieving lasting change for Scotland’s children and young people in care is complex and challenging. It is a task which cannot be realised without listening to and taking account of the views of a whole host of people and organisations.

The lived experience and wisdom of people are at the very heart of the Review. That means we are actively listening to the voices of children and young people in care, care leavers – young and old – and their families and carers. And we will continue this throughout the duration of Review.

It is their experiences and voices that is giving clarity and focus on what matters in this complex and challenging task.

To be successful, we must also understand the experiences and views of individuals and organisations working with and for vulnerable children and families.

Frequently asked questions

We really want to hear from you.

Our website is regularly updated with the latest activities and opportunities to take part in the Review.  You can also keep in touch by following us on social media using the buttons at the bottom of this page.

Plus you can also get in touch by:

  • Email general enquiries to: info@carereview.scot
  • Email to arrange to give confidential information: talk2us@carereview.scot
  • Phone: 0141 444 8527
  • Post: University of Strathclyde, Curran Building, Level 6, 94 Cathedral Street, G4 0LG

Thank you!

There’s lots of different ways for you get involved and talk to us – and we’ll do everything we can to make sure these are straightforward, inclusive and supportive.

The Get Involved page of the website has information about current activities and opportunities you might be interested in.

We do understand you may find it difficult and emotional to talk about your experience, and so we encourage you to do this with the support of a trusted individual who you already know.

If you would like to contact us directly about your thoughts and experiences, you can do this in a safe and confidential way is by:

Your information will be kept completely confidential and will be treated respectfully.

Everything you tell us will be treated confidentially and with respect.

We will log everything along with a record of our responses.

But do please tell us if you’re happy for all or some of your experience to be shared.

Everything we hear will help us better understand the care system and agree recommendations for action.

We cannot comment on ongoing complaints or disputes that relate to an individual case; instead we can help signpost you to the most appropriate place to deal with any concerns you might have.

Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive of the Corra Foundation, is the Chair of the Care Review.

Fiona has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, both in Scotland and internationally.

Learn more about Fiona Duncan

Fiona is spending approximately half her working time for the Review on a flexible basis.

There are robust governance arrangements in place to ensure Fiona’s independence in her roles as the Chair of the Review and as the Chief Executive of the Corra Foundation.

A Secretariat is a team that provides support.

For the Review, the Secretariat team provides administrative support to the Chair and the Review Groups, and will also support the delivery of the Review by providing expert and practical support.

CELCIS were appointed by the Scottish Government to host the Secretariat team.

Who Cares? Scotland was commissioned to deliver the 1000 Voices project as part of the Review.  This will ensure that the care experience voice is heard throughout the duration of the Review.

Your information will be kept confidential and treated with respect during and after the Review. All the information we gather will help change the care system now and after the Review has been completed.

At the end of the Review, your information will be stored safely to comply with data protection laws and a decision will be taken about how it should be stored and/or shared in the future.

We pledge that everyone who has been in touch will be asked if they agree to their information to be shared in the future.

While the Scottish Government commissioned the Review, the Review is independent from the Government. This means the Review will work completely separately and will report on its progress and share findings regularly.

This forms part of the Government’s commitment to Scotland’s children and young people.