News and updates

Discovery session for young people from LGBT community who have care experience 

Posted: 18 October 2017


The Independent Care Review is inviting young people from the LGBT community to have their voices heard and help create a lasting legacy of change for the future of care in Scotland.

1000 Voices project based at Who Cares? Scotland are hosting a discovery session on behalf of the Review where members of the care experienced LGBT community will have the opportunity to share their thoughts in a safe, fun, and creative way. 

Date:                Monday 13th November
Start time:     6.30pm - food and drinks will be available from 6pm.
End time:        8.30pm
Venue:             Who Cares Scotland National Office, 5 Oswald Street Glasgow, G1 4QR

For more information please contact the 1000 Voices team

As part of a small group, there will be the chance to talk about experiences and listen to other young people, though if you prefer, the chance to chat one-to-one will also be available.  It's important that anyone taking part feels comfortable, and it's absolutely fine to bring someone along for support. 

If you can’t attend or would prefer to contact the Review by phone or email you can opt for either of these ways to share your views on what the vision and scope should be.   

Please complete this online form before 6th of November to let us know how you want to be involved. 

We hope you will be involved with the Review throughout its duration so there will also be further opportunities to take part in the next stage – Journey.

You can sign up for updates and you can also follow and interact with the Review on Social Media.

Workforce join our Discovery events and inspire the Review 

Posted: 20 September 2017

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Glasgow and Edinburgh recently played host to our Discovery events, and saw a great turnout from professionals from across the sector who play an important role in the lives of care experienced children and young people.

Those who came along were invited to share their thoughts on how to improve the care system in Scotland, and let us know how the Independent Care Review can achieve its goals of delivering real change.

The response from the workforce was inspiring, with lots of great suggestions and positive feedback on the open and inclusive nature of the events themselves.

A big thank you to everyone who has taken part so far, but don’t worry if you missed out, more workshops will be taking place in Inverness on the 26th and 27th September, and also in Aberdeen on the 28th and 29th September.

Learn how to get involved and book your free tickets:

We really want to hear how you think we should define the objectives of the Independent Care Review.

We would appreciate if you could complete a short survey and share your vision for creating the world’s best care system in Scotland:

We would also be grateful if you could let your friends and colleagues know about the survey to ensure we get the widest participation possible. Thank you!

1000 Voices events for children and young people

Posted: 31 August 2017

The Independent Care Review is currently offering a number of ways for people to take part in the Review.

Throughout September, there will be a series of interactive workshops organised by 1000 voices on behalf of the Review that are for children and young people with care experience.

If you care for and work with children and young people who have care experience, you are also welcome to come along to these events.

If there is a young person who you think might be interested in attending, we would encourage that you or another person who they trust or are comfortable with are attending with them.  We hope you can make it along.  The events are taking place on the following dates - please register attendance through Eventbriteusing the links below.

Inverness College – 5th September – 17:30 - 20:30
Napier University, Edinburgh - 13th September – 17:30-20:30
Paisley Town Hall – 19th September – 17:30-20:30

Discovery events for the workforce throughout September

Posted: 20 August 2017

The wisdom of people is at the very heart of the Review and the Chair and Discovery Team want to know about people’s lived experience.  We are actively listening to the voices of care experienced children and young people, their families and their carers.  

We must also listen to the knowledge, experience and evidence held by those working with and for care experienced children and families.

Through a series of workshops across Scotland, we are inviting people in the workforce to take part in discussions about what the vision and scope of the Review should be.

These will be held in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen throughout September and places are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our first Review Group meeting

Posted: 30 June 2017

We held the first group meeting on Wednesday 28 June. This was a landmark date for me as Chair of the Review. 
It brought together the first Review Group - the Discovery Group, the Secretariat and colleagues from the Scottish Government to think through how we work together to gather information and to listen – listen to those with care experience, and other key people and organisations. 
We’re holding a series of roadshows across Scotland, starting in July and running through to October. These will let you engage with us in lots of different ways, including in:

  • face to face meetings
  • workshops
  • small groups
  • open meetings

We’ll let you know as soon as we have dates for the roadshows and we’ll promote far and wide to give as many people as we can the opportunity to speak to us. We hope you’ll come along and take part, we want to hear what you have to say. You can of course continue to contact us through this website.
There’s a clear commitment from everyone on the team to make a lasting and significant difference to the care system. Check out the details of our team.


Creating the 'world's best care system' in Scotland

Posted: 30 May 2017

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We're officially off!

Last night we launched the first stage of the review - the Discovery Stage - alongside the Discovery Group who will guide and support everyone's involvement in deciding what the best care system in the world looks like.

Read our news release