Frequently asked questions

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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.

Learn more about the Care Review story so far

There’s lots of different ways for you get involved that are straightforward, safe, and supported.

The Get involved page of the website has more information and check out the events page for upcoming 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 get in touch about your thoughts and experiences, you can do this in a safe and confidential way.

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

Each stage of the Independent Care Review so far has delivered on time and on budget, as agreed with the Scottish Government. The Care Review will deliver its final recommendations in the agreed time-frame, concluding in early 2020.

Over half of the entirety of the Care Review’s budget is spent on reaching and listening to experience of the ‘care system’ through its approach to participation and engagement. Since the outset in early 2017, the Care Review has worked hard to make sure that everyone in Scotland has been given options and opportunities to get involved.

This includes the Care Review travelling all over Scotland, as well as covering travel expenses to make sure that people can attend Care Review events, providing food and covering childcare costs so that individuals can share in places and ways that are safe and supported.

Since the middle of 2018, almost a fifth of the budget has been allocated to the Care Review’s Stop:Go programme, working with all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities to make positive change happen and prepare for the Care Review’s conclusions.

Approximately a tenth of the Care Review’s budget focuses on understanding and mapping relevant policies.

The remaining fifth has funded a comprehensive research programme to gather robust evidence.

The Care Review has been awarded £5,178,235 over the financial years 2017-18 through to


The breakdown per annum is £1,239,330 for 2017- 8, £1,768,908 for 2018-19 and £2,169,997 for 2019-20.

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 Care 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 Care Review and as the Chief Executive of the Corra Foundation.

A Secretariat is a team that provides support.

For the Care Review, the Secretariat team provides administrative support to the Chair and the Care Review’s work groups, and will also support the delivery of the Care Review by providing expert and practical support.

CELCIS were appointed by the Scottish Government to host the Secretariat team, based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Charity Who Cares? Scotland was commissioned to deliver the 1000 Voices project as part of the Care Review. A team from 1000 Voices are working with the Care Review and travelling across Scotland to listen to anyone with experience of the care system. Learn more about the Participation Hub.

While the Scottish Government commissioned the Care Review, it is independent from the Government. This means the Care 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.

The Independent Care Review has established links with current Scottish Government National Reviews, Group, Commissions and Inquiries in order to ensure national understanding and to avoid duplication of work and effort.

These links (as of March 2019) are detailed in the below document.

There are three national pieces of work that are currently looking at what is known as the care system in Scotland and engaging with people who have care experience.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is an independent statutory public inquiry chaired by the Rt Hon Lady Smith. The Inquiry was established to examine the abuse of children in care in Scotland or children whose care was arranged in Scotland, up until December 2014.

The Inquiry will look at what happened, why and where abuse took place, whether the organisations responsible for children in care failed in their duties, the effects of abuse on children and their families and what needs to be done to ensure that systems for children in care are safe now and in the future. The Inquiry is required to report to Scottish Ministers on all these matters. When doing so, it requires to include its recommendations including whether any changes in policy, practice or legislation are required.

More information is available:

The National Confidential Forum is about listening, understanding and acknowledging the experiences of all people who have ever been in residential or institutional care in Scotland as children. People speak to the Forum about their experiences in care and often the legacy effect of that care experience on their adult lives. These experiences are recorded and anonymised before contributing to a permanent national record of Scotland’s care history. By reporting to Scottish Government, the NCF ensures that people’s experiences of care will contribute to policy and practice improvements now and in the future.

More information is available:

The Independent Care Review is undertaking a root and branch review of the care system in Scotland. The voice and experience of children and young people currently in care and people who have past experience of care are informing the Care Review as are the views of people who work with and care for children and young people in care.

The Care Review will identify and stimulate change required in policy, practice and legislation.

Final recommendations will be reported to the Scottish Government in spring 2020.

It is recognised that although these separate pieces of work have a different focus and task, they may at times be speaking to the same care experienced people. The Care Review will consider how best to engage with other reviews and inquiries throughout the duration of the Care Review to ensure that relevant evidence it hears is made available.

Everything you share will be treated confidentially and with respect. You can also share your views and experiences anonymously.

The information you share will help the Care Review better understand the care system in Scotland and agree recommendations for positive change.

With your agreement, we will store your information securely along with a record of our responses.

If you share information with the Care Review that causes concern for your safety, we may need to get you help.

Read the Care Review’s privacy policy

The Care Review can’t comment on ongoing complaints or disputes that relate to an individual case.

The Care Review can help signpost you to the most appropriate place to deal with any concerns you might have.

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

At the end of the Care 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.

Read the Care Review’s privacy policy

Taking part in activities can involve conversations about experiences or issues that you may find difficult. The Care Review is fully committed to making sure that you are given the support that you need to take part in a way that feels safe and right for you.

Many organisations involved in the Care Review already provide individual support to young people who have engaged through them, and the Care Review encourages people to use any existing and familiar support networks that are in place.

The Care Review also works with Health in Mind who are providing a dedicated wellbeing service to anyone who is taking part who does not have existing support in place.

You can also can contact Health in Mind by phone on 0131 225 8508 or by emailing

If you wish to you can complete a self referral form for Health in mind and email to the address above.