COSLA comment on recent Care report

A Spokesperson for COSLA said: "I think the main message coming out of today’s report is the need for urgent partnership working across the public and voluntary sector to meet the needs of our young people. They have to be the priority for us all.
"Despite the cuts to local authority budgets, councils take their role as corporate parents very seriously and are absolutely committed to the GIRFEC approach. Councils do prioritise resources as much as they can for supporting care experienced young people. In addition, councils are listening to the voices of young people who are receiving or indeed have received care and constantly striving to improve what is a developing provision.

"Local Government offers continuing care for care experienced young people and works with those young people who choose to continue in our care into their early adult life. Sadly, however, there is no magic solution, each local authority faces different challenges in providing support to young care leavers – urban, rural, island communities are all different and there cannot be one solution.

"We are aware of the unacceptable incidence of early death of secure care experienced people and we are actively involved in the Secure Care Strategic Board looking to address the impact felt by young people who have lived in secure care environments.

"While we acknowledge the local government role as corporate parents, every part of the system needs to improve how we work with care experienced people and the answer lies in meaningful joint work with Police, Social Work, Health and our partners in the third sector - alongside consideration of how we share resources.

"We look forward to the results of work being undertaken by the Independent Care Review which will help how we shape future services."

Article published: 
Mon, 30/07/2018 - 16:00