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Published, 30 May 2017

Launch of Independent Care Review – CELCIS responds

The Independent Review of Scotland's Care System (Children and Young People) was officially launched at an event in Edinburgh this week (Tuesday 30 May).

The Review's Chair, Fiona Duncan, addressed audiences including care experienced young people and explained the role that the Review will play in delivering a vision for Scotland by creating "the world's best care system".

Fiona also set out the phasing of the Review, starting with the 'Discovery Stage' which will look to answer: what we mean by a root and branch review; and what good care and protection looks like for the 15,000 children and young people in care in Scotland today.

Fiona Duncan is the CEO of Lloyds TSB Foundation, and has spent over 20 years in the voluntary sector both in Scotland and internationally. She was appointed as Chair to the Review on February of this year.

The event was also attended by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Scottish Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald.

CELCIS is hosting the Review.

Claire Burns, Director of Programmes and Services at CELCIS, comments: "Today's announcement by Fiona Duncan is a welcome milestone in the project. The Review creates a real opportunity to change the future of child care in Scotland for the better. It builds on other existing initiatives and projects throughout Scotland, with people and organisations involved in the care system, which demonstrate what can work to make lasting improvements."

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Notes to Editors

Media enquiries:
Mike Findlay, CELCIS Communications Manager
T: 0141 444 8512
E: mike.findlay@strath.ac.uk

Scottish Government News Release

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

The Review is committed to 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.

We want to hear from and talk to:

• Children and young people in care
• Care leavers – young and old
• Families and carers with experience of the care system
• Individuals and organisations working with and for vulnerable children and families.