Launch of the ‘root and branch’ review

The Independent Review of Scotland’s Care System (Children and Young People) will help Scotland deliver the ‘world’s best care system’ according to its Chair, Fiona Duncan.

Speaking today (Tuesday 30 May) at an event in Edinburgh to mark the official launch of the Review, Fiona Duncan announced the Discovery Stage and members of the Discovery Group, who will be responsible for guiding and supporting involvement of people and organisations looking at two questions: what we mean by a root and branch review; and what good care and protection looks like.

The event was attended by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. In her speech, the First Minister confirmed the review group consisting of 13 members.

Fiona Duncan, Chair of the Review, said:

“My hope is that today’s announcement and event marks the beginning of the conversation. We really can, will and must deliver a Review that changes lives and is transformational.

“Without the voice of care experience, this Review would not be happening – and without that voice, it will not deliver. Many young people, their families, and professionals involved in the care system have an important contribution to make, and I look forward to learning from them in the coming weeks and months.

“The Review will help Scotland to deliver on its vision to be the best place in the world to grow up, particularly for the 15,000 children and young people in care today, and for those children and young people that will be in care in the future.”