Children and young people spoke a lot about how stigma affects them in the Discovery stage of the Independent Care Review and so this group are exploring ways to understand what causes stigma and what must be done to combat it.
Alastair is an Edinburgh-born Hawick author who currently lives in North Ayrshire with his partner Jaime-Lynn and son Alexander.
He has extensive first-hand experience of Scotland’s care services and associated stigma, having been fostered from an early age through local authority and later Barnardo’s placements.
Educated in Fife, he formed a successful retail career before settling into his new roles as a social media consultant, journalist, and fostering panel member for three national agencies.
In his spare time he is Honorary Secretary of Hawick Archaeological Society, and runs an ever-expanding social media empire in Hawick, Fife, and Glasgow.
Denisha is currently studying politics and social policy at the University of Strathclyde. Through her course she started to gain a passion for combating the structural issues that hinder the most vulnerable groups in society.
This led to her reflecting on her own personal background, analysing where she had faced discrimination, particularly whilst in care. Denisha then became a spokesperson for Who Cares? Scotland where she used her platform to talk about her own experience, advocate for change and lobby politicians.
Denisha believes her role within the Care Review will allow her to continue to work to ensure care experienced people can live their life to their fullest potential without facing stigma.
The Stigma co-chair joint pledge
“We pledge 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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