Make a Pledge

Your pledge for the Journey stage

You can make a pledge to say what you would like to do to help the Care Review achieve its goal of delivering real change for infants, children and young people who experience care.
Anyone is welcome to make a pledge and all kinds of support and ideas (no matter how big or small) are welcome!
All pledges (with your consent) will be published below on the Journey pledge wall.

The Journey Pledge Wall

Here you can see all the ways that people have pledged to support the Independent Care Review.
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Ronald James MBE
Children’s Panel Member
Ensure that as a member of the Children’s Panel I continue to keep children and young people at the centre of every Hearing in order to give them the best experience possible.
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Allan Baird and Laura Beveridge
STOP:GO work group
We pledge to set the bar high identifying excellent care and giving that rocketfuel!  We will champion the voice of care experienced people in our everyday lives and in the work that we do.  We will ensure that empathy and understanding is at the heart of the journey and will strive to do all we can do keep infants, children and young people connected to their friends and family.
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Jeanette Miller
Care Experienced Officer Fife College
Continue to listen to Our care Experienced students and try and engage them in Care Experienced Events and Encourage our care Experienced students to take part in drop In sessions within the college and make sure Our Care Experienced Students are happy within college.
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Martin Canavan
Aberlour
Listen and learn from those who have lived experience of care and can speak up for themselves, and do all that I can to make sure the quieter voices are equally heard.
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Louise Macdonald
CEO Young Scot
…do all I can to ensure that young Scots know about the work of the Care Review – at all stages – and how they can contribute their lived experience and expertise.
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Dr Jonathan Sher
Independent Consultant
Assist the Care Review in conducting ‘deep dives’; making recommendations; and, taking actions that address the ‘primary prevention’ issues and opportunities with which the Care Review is willing to deal. These range from preconception health, education and care across the life course through the enduring impact of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) to implementing the prevention-based statutory duties within Scotland’s Children and Young People Act (e.g. Part 12).
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Alison Reid
Clan Childlaw
Would be delighted to help as much as I can with looking at how all the legal processes connect.
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Anne Rooney
SAIA
1) to contribute to discussions on changes & practice 2) support the sharing of information re the Care Review through SAIA
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Boyd McAdam
Chief Executive, 
Children’s Hearings Scotland
To work within our current legal structures to bring about culture change to pervade love through what we do.
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Chris Jones
Stand up for Siblings
To keep in mind “what would my children think and need” in all of my work.
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Sarah
Ensure that adopted children and young people’s voices are listened to as well. Most adopted children and young people have been through care too. Adoption doesn’t mean the care experience didn’t happen. When adopted young people age 16+ experience disruption there is no safety net, option to re-enter care or access to care leaver support. I hope the care review will consider the impact of this.
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Robin Duncan
AFA Scotland
To use the links AFA Scotland has with practitioners & carers to build hope and belief in the Review. Hope is infectious – the more people.
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Phillip Gillespie
Scottish Social Services Council
The SSSC will continue to work with contribute and inform the Review on workforce challenges.
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Ken McKinlay
Children’s Hearings Scotland
Do everything I can to listen to children and young people and learn from what they say.
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Christine Walker
Head of Social Impact
The Robertson Trust
Share findings of Re-framing work & consider how we use similar language. Will use our social media to share messages.
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Anon
Listen to the views of all participants of the care review and use them to inform how we develop our services within fostering.   Contribute to the Journey by sharing my personal and professional experience of care provision in Scotland.
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Fiona Aitken
Director, Adoption UK Scotland
Support adopted young people to engage in the Care Review to share their experiences of care and desire for change.
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David Grimm
Use my experiences both good and bad to help the love group grow and develop into a body that will absolutely place LOVE at the heart of our system. This is such a massive priority and I am unbelievably proud to be supporting this work. Also! – there should be lots of doodles to simplify and hopefully enhance our points throughout the process! ❤️
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Jade McClellan
Share my care experiences good and bad so that improvements can be made and future children in care have the best life possible.
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Barnardo’s Scotland
As an organisation operating across the care system, Barnardo’s Scotland is committed to supporting the Care Review in whatever way we can. As a charity we work with children, young people and families across the care system: in early intervention family support services which help to keep children out of care; with children and young people looked after at home; in our fostering and residential services; helping children and young people to transition out of care; and with care leavers, supporting them in all aspects of their lives including housing and employability. As such we hope to enable the voices and experience of a broad range of children and young people, and our varied and highly experienced staff group, to be input to the review.
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Sara Smith
To push that you do make changes. Its good to listen, its even better if you act on what you have heard.
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Angela Haverstock
….to be pro-active in the Independent Care Review by sharing my personal experiences and the impact this had and still has on me.
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Amanda Ashton-Booth
Ensure that care experienced children and adults are equipped with emotional coping tools to be able to move forward and excel at life!
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Anon
To work with our local community (friends/neighbours & family) to make the ‘looked after’ experience as good as it can be for the young people we care for. With the assurance that they will remain part of this ‘community’ after formally leaving care.
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Katy
Always challenge unfairness and encourage sibling contact.
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Paula Lowe
Offer any involvement and support I can to enable the journey of the Care Review.
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Jeanette
Contribute to the Journey phase of the Care Review and help improve care system for the future generations of care experienced young people.
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Gerry Skeith
Residential Worker
To help change the Care Review system and to change care altogether so that the centre of concern is not policy to suit the authority but to suit the young people of this country that their interests are first and foremost in our minds.
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Pamela Graham
Head of Learning and Development, STAF
Act as well as listen. Understand as well as act. Love as well as understand.
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Martin Crewe
Director, Barnardo’s Scotland
I will embrace (and maybe love) the Care Review. Stay deeply involved. Offer support when needed. Be willing to be challenged.
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Lynne Harrison
Children’s Hearings Scotland
Root for every single child in Scotland in the work I do.
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Cameron Wylie
Former Principal George Heriot’s School
Assist and support the review in any way they deem helpful. I am the former Principal of George Heriot’s School, with its fine tradition of helping less fortunate children. I am also a trustee of Circle Scotland.
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Alan Sorrel
Children’s Panel Member
Ensure that at every Children’s Hearing I always take decisions in the best interests of the children and to do my best to ensure that every child can be safe, allowed to flourish and be protected from any type of harm.n.
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Alastair Redpath and Denisha Killoh

Stigma work group

To identify and tackle stigma within the care system to ensure all children and young people growing up in care can live their life without the fear of discrimination.
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Gemma Kirk
I will keep fighting for all the CYP I work with, I will keep giving them information, empowering them and supporting them to be heard and get what they need. I will keep talking to people not just professionals to help them understand our CYP. I will keep being brave and keep making changes where I can and help make our children and young people feel safe, respected, wanted and LOVED.
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Iona Colvin
Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government
Align the work I am leading (with COSLA) on Social Care (& work) workframe.
CELCIS
We pledge to channel our passion, commitment and knowledge to help the Care Review achieve the biggest possible successes for children and young people. We offer our ongoing support. If asked, we’ll share our insights, the most up-to-date evidence, and offer support to identify and use data to help the Review to make transformative change. We stand ready to share our reflections and learning from our work with practitioners, carers, children and families.
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Dale Meller
National Confidential Forum 
To support the stages of the Journey with data and evidence from the work of the National Confidential Forum. This will help to ensure that peoples’ historical experiences of care in Scotland in the past contribute to changes to the “care system” both now and in the future.
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Gareth Stott
Scottish Borders Council
Use all my experience in skills of working with looked after children over the last 20 years to try and make Scotland’s care system the best in the world.
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Joanna McCreadie & Rosanna Moore
Care Review
Love co-chairs
To understand what LOVE means to children, what gets in the way, and how we can all change so every child feels LOVED
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Stephen Morgan
Dumfries and Galloway Council
To engage in the work of the Review and to look at the whole “system” in Dumfries & Galloway.
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Lorna Holmes
Cyrenians
Cyrenians will continue to Champion the work being done & support it in every way we can moving forward.
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Susan Taylor
East Ayrshire Council
I will continue to encourage the workforce across social work and social care to think about how we show love in our practice. I will keep asking questions about how we change to benefit children and young people.
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Mr A McBierney
To continue to advocate on the behalf of the young people in my care.
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Peter & Liz Smith

We pledge to help our foster children understand their very complicated birth siblings, full siblings, half siblings and to support them on their journey for knowledge of family and contact with siblings.
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Lisa Smith

Do what I can to support the work and legacy of the Care Review.
Ryan McShane
Who Cares? Scotland
Encourage all care experienced people to feel open and comfortable to express their experiences with the Care Review. Help them own their care identity and better understand their rights.
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Marileigh Barnes
Champions board
Consistently challenge the systems which put barriers in place for our care experienced young people
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1000 Voices Team
1000 Voices pledge to make sure people with care experience can contribute to the Care Review in lots of meaningful ways. We will listen, we will be inclusive, we will engage and we will be creative.
We pledge to support children, young people and adults with care experience by sharing their views, ideas, hopes and dreams with the Care Review to ensure Scotland really does become the best place in the world to grow up.
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Kibble Education and Care Centre
• Continue providing a safe and nurturing environment for children and young people and to help them build brighter, positive futures.
• Deliver trauma-informed care and to the importance of early intervention.
• Help transform the lives of children and young people through offering education, training and employment opportunities that meet their needs, and supporting them on their journey to independent living.
• Give children and young people happy experiences, good memories and to help them achieve a sense of belonging.
• As a priority provide care to children and young people in a loving setting.
• Ensure there is a constant source of support for children and young people while they’re in our care.
• Commit to share research and practice to support the Care Review.
Duncan Dunlop
CEO Who Cares? Scotland
Help care experienced people engage & connect together & feel more comfortable with their care experience/identity.
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Carol Gilmour
To help in any way I possibly can to make Scotland the best country in the world for children to grow up in and to succeed
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Carol Thomson
West  Dunbartonshire Council
Be emotionally available to you, i will not let fear prevent me from showing you that i care. You wont have to live with people who are frightened to show you love, care and respect. You deserve to be supported & loved & safe and i will champion for this every day whilst im a residential worker.
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Iain MacRitchie
Founder, MCR Pathways
To be personally and professionally available at all times to actively support the review process to a successful and complete conclusion. To then work with motivation, commitment and resilience to ensure that the findings are precisely implemented and permanently embedded in every detail, institution, practice, profession, individual, attitude and culture. To ensure our care experienced young people have an equality of education outcomes, job choices and life chances, and are always determined by their talent and potential and never their circumstances.
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Neil Hunter
CEO SCRA
As  a leader in the Children’s Hearing system – I pledge to make sure that Children’s Hearing are motivated, and will positively respond.
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Amy Woodhouse
Children in Scotland
To see what children in Scotland can do to support the deep dive groups :- where we have a specific role to play.
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Marion Gillooly
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I will challenge my thinking, my language and my actions to make sure I avoid unconsciously perpetuating “the system”.
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Heather Coady
Life Changes Trust
To continue to be a catalyst, a disrupter and to consider how best to contribute to the needed rocket fuel.
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Nick Stansfield
SFC
Pledge support from SFC’s care experienced Governance Group ie from every college & university in Scotland. We are here to assist.
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Colin Crawford
Head of Children’s Services, 
Glasgow City Council
To continue to involve care experienced young people in policy decisions being considered in Education services. To continue engagement.
Joanne McMeeking
Head of Improving Care Experiences, 
CELCIS
For the SIRCC Committee to extend an offer of help if needed/wanted by the Care Review.
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Alison McKenzie
To continue my work as a panel member and uphold my duty to work in the best interest of the children who are referred to the caring system