Children in care need to know we’re on their side

We must overhaul our inflexible and isolating system to bring real change for this historically underachieving group, writes Robert Foster

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Children in Scotland’s care system are routinely let down by the services that are supposed to support them. This is not new information to anyone who works with these children – but it is something that too few people have said out loud.

Many small changes can be made to improve the support that these children and young people receive, but it’s the system that doesn’t work. Systemic change is needed to make long-lasting improvements for a group that has historically had incredibly poor outcomes.

School can be a challenging place, but also a place of security for care-experienced children. ...

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