What we do

The Independent Care Review will identify and deliver lasting change in the care system and leave a legacy that will transform the wellbeing of children and young people.

Listening to everyone

Achieving lasting change for Scotland’s children and young people in care is complex and challenging. It is a task which cannot be realised without listening to and taking account of the views of a whole host of people and organisations.

The lived experience and wisdom of people are at the very heart of the Review. That means we are actively listening to the voices of children and young people in care, care leavers – young and old – and their families and carers. And we'll do this right from the beginning of the Review through to the end.

It is their experiences and voices that will help provide clarity and focus on what matters in this complex and challenging task.

To be successful, we must also understand the experiences, change efforts and views of individuals and organisations working with and for vulnerable children and families.

The first stage: Discovery

The Review will evolve and be responsive to what we find out through listening to everyone and from emerging ideas and evidence of what works best for children and families. 

The Review will work through a number of stages of work. In this first stage, we want to discover and reach consensus on the vision and purpose of the Review. That means understanding and agreeing on two fundamental questions:

  1. What do we mean by a root and branch review? And that means being absolutely clear about what is part of the Review and what is not.
  2. What does good care and protection look like for children and young people in care?

Future stages

Each stage will be informed by the findings and recommendations of the last stage. So the findings of the discovery stage will inform and guide what we do in the next.