The Journey stage

June 2018 – December 2019

This is the third stage of the Independent Care Review.

The Care Review will use the Journey stage to begin to deliver improvements for infants, children and young people who experience care in Scotland.

Different methods will be used and will involve a strength-based and appreciative approach to encourage and stimulate things that are already working well.

The Care Review will continue to establish clear evidence of what works best for children and young people and their families, recognising that relying on existing evidence will only deliver so much change.

This will need a change in thinking and practice.

The Care Review will provide support to try out new ways of doing things.  Learning from this will inform what is really needed to improve care including changes in policy and the law.

Journey stage update

View or download the Journey stage update document to find out what’s happened in the Care Review so far.

Journey stage update

The Journey stage involves ten working groups – each exploring areas of practice that need deeper understanding.

The Intentions are central to the work – guiding the work groups.

Each group is building knowledge and confidence about how to address challenges, identify good practice, and encourage innovation.

Each of the Journey groups has two co-chairs who bring a blend of lived and professional experience to the work.


The Stop:Go group will endeavour to deliver transformational change within the care system, prior to the concluding recommendations of the Independent Care Review. The Voices of those heard within the Discovery phase of the review will underpin and guide the work of this workstream.

Co-chairs: Alan Baird and Laura Beveridge

Children and young people spoke a lot about how stigma affects them in the Discovery stage and so this group are exploring ways to understand what causes stigma and what must be done to combat it.

Co-chairs:  Alastair Redpath and Denisha Killoh

The Love ambassadors will continue this important conversation while learning about what love really means to infants, children and young people in care and how to make sure their daily lives are filled with it!

Co-chairs: Joanna McCreadie and Rosie Moore

The Care Review heard a lot about issues relating to rights in the Discovery stage and so this group are working on making sure that the rights of children and young people who experience care are known to them, respected and upheld.

Co-chairs: Bruce Adamson and Stuart Lindsay
While six newly formed work groups undertake in-depth exploration of the following areas:
Edges of care

To properly understand what happens at each end of the ‘care system’ – the points that infants, children and young people are taken into care and the points that they leave care.

Co-chairs: Ewan Aitken and Sylvia Douglas
Justice and care

To explore how the justice system contributes to infants, children and young people going into care, the experience of secure care, and to consider how the ‘care system’ can criminalise children and young people.

Co-chairs: Nancy Loucks and Vonnie Sandlan
Health and wellbeing

To understand health and wellbeing in the ‘care system’, the conditions that result in infants, children and young people being taken into care, what happens when they leave care and the impact on their health and wellbeing.

Co-chairs: Adam Bennett and Gerry McLaughlin
Components of care

To consider and understand the impact of each of the components of the ‘care system’, the journeys between them and mapping a day / week / month / year in the life of a young person in care.

Co-chair: Lisa Muirhead

To give full consideration to the entirety of the care workforce, paid and unpaid, how they interact with each other in the interests of infants, children and young people, and how they are trained and supported to do this.

Co-chairs: Jimmy Paul and Sue Brookes
Best place in the world

To scope out the best of what works in other parts of the world and give full consideration to what Scotland can learn and do to be the best place to grow up.

Co-chairs: Beth-Anne Logan and John Carnochan

The Journey group is made up of the Chair of the Care Review and the work group co-chairs. The group will meet on a monthly basis.

Minutes from Journey group meetings are available for anyone to read.