Carers, young people, advocates and CELCIS have all shared their thoughts and experiences during this time. They discuss specific challenges faced by young people, families and/or their carers, considering many different issues that have been exposed and what the crisis has meant for those in need of care and protection.
Nikki Hepburn, an art teacher at Harmeny Education Trust, a residential school providing care and education to children aged 5-14 who have experienced early years trauma, describes how an animation project created an innovative and accessible way for young people to tell their own stories.
On World Food Day 2020, Paul Sullivan, Sector Engagement Lead at CELCIS, reflects on some of the existing food insecurities affecting families across Scotland and what the community-led responses during the public health emergency this year tell us.
Elaine Hamilton is the Service Manager at Nether Johnstone House, a residential home in Renfrewshire. Here she describes how lockdown due to the current emergency health crisis has changed the thinking, outlooks, and actions of both the young people and the team that surround them.
Jacqui Dunbar is the Project Lead at Our Hearings, Our Voice, an independent board for children and young people who have experience of the Children’s Hearings System in Scotland and want to help improve it. She works directly with 11 children and young people, 9 who are members of the board and 2 who are advisors for Our Hearings, Our Voice.
Elaine Adams, Learning and Development Lead at Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership, writes about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Children’s Hearings in Scotland and what this might mean for hearings in the future