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The link between poverty, stigma, and the care ‘system’

Tiegan Boyens uses her experiences, views and knowledge to help improve the lives of children and young people, tackle social justice issues, and raise awareness of human rights. In this blog post, Tiegan, who is aged 19, adopted and lives in England, discusses why a greater understanding of poverty is needed to help make real change.

Walking in Fred’s shoes

Alison Cowper, Service Manager with the Independent Care and Review Team (Children and Families) at Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership talks about how ‘what does this mean for Fred?’ influenced their work with CELCIS when process mapping their current system.

In supporting the rights of care experienced children and their brothers and sisters, we must look to creative, tailored solutions

Since founding STAR, and in my time as a foster carer, I’ve seen and heard first-hand the impact of one of the most heart-breaking problems of the care system: children being separated from their brothers and sisters, at times in homes that are far away from each other, or being prevented from having a relationship at all.

Staying Together and Connected: Getting it right for sisters and brothers National Practice Guidance

Aileen Nicol, Head of Improving Protection and Permanence at Celcis, a member of Stand Up For Siblings, has written a blog about the new National Practice Guidance ‘Staying Together and Connected: Getting it right for sisters and brothers’.

The power of love and support in extraordinary times

As we celebrate Foster Care Fortnight 2021, I want to say a huge thank you to the fostering community across Scotland. In spite of the huge challenges that the past year has thrown at everyone, foster carers have shown their unwavering commitment to providing warmth, love, and care to more than 4,700 children and young people across Scotland.
Topic : Foster care
Author : Sarah Lurie

Finding the ‘invisible’ adopters

Pride month 2020 was a bit different from previous years. The restrictions in place in various ways around the world to address the ongoing coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic meant that many of the usual parties, parades, and protests were cancelled, postponed, or moved online. One constant however was the opportunity to reflect on how far the LGBT+ community has come – and importantly, how far there is still to go.

Labels are for clothes not people

Introducing issue 12 of REACH, which explores stigma, language, perception and the representation of care and care experience.

The mistrusting brain and blocked care

Evidence suggests that DDP (attachment-focused family therapy) is effective in helping recovery from developmental trauma. Here's how.
2018 Sep

Agents of change

Jo Derrick at Foster Care Associates explans how additional support for foster carers at the early stages of placement helps to improve outcomes.
Topic : Foster care
Author : Jo Derrick
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