Independent Care Review contributors and supporters joined children and young people at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on Saturday 23 November 2019 for a day of fun activities and inspirational speeches from champions for change.
The thank you event marked the ending of the Independent Care Review’s Journey stage, which has seen 10 groups made up of people with personal and professional experience of care working together to research and identify how to improve the lives of infants, children and young people in care in Scotland.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who announced the Care Review after meeting with and listening to children and young people in care, thanked the diverse mix of people who have contributed to the Care Review and reiterated the Scottish Government’s commitment to care experienced people.
Commenting on her promise to deliver on the Care Review’s conclusions, the First Minister said:
“The promise I’ve made I stand by and I’m determined to deliver. We are making down payments on this along the way with some of these changes, but the end goal is a country where every young person gets the same chances in life and that no young person just because they’ve been care experienced feels that they can’t achieve their potential.”
“This review is about looking at what needs to change and being then prepared to implement those changes.”
Care Inspectorate Chief Executive Peter Macleod was one of the guest speakers at the event and highlighted his own commitment as a leader in the sector:
“I want to be part of the change and I want to lead that with active energy so that we see something different for children and young people in Scotland into the future.”
“I will do anything I can to make sure this is not just another review, this is about changing people’s lives for good and for the future.”
Interviews and videos of speeches coming soon