Care Experienced children and young people are some of the most vulnerable and as a service we are determined to keep their needs at the forefront of all that we do.
In addition to the disadvantages that being in care makes to our children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, there is a massive gap between the attainment of children looked after by local authorities and their peers, even compared with other disadvantaged groups. Our Care Experienced City Lead Group is responsible for ensuring that the profile of Care Experienced children and young people is high on the agenda of every Educational Psychologist working in Glasgow.
In line with ‘The Promise’ (view the ‘The Promise’ document) we want to provide a consistently high level of service to Glasgow’s care experienced children and young people and do this in a number of ways. Some examples of this are:
- We provide training and support to prospective adoptive parents, kinship carers and staff in our Children’s Houses.
- We support staff in our educational establishments to identify, understand and meet the needs of those children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in education.
- We develop resources to help support staff working with our children and young people who are care experienced including our ‘Building Identity Booklet’. View the ‘Building Identity Booklet’.
- We link closely with our partners such as the Care Experienced Team and Independent Review Officers, to ensure there is good multiagency working, support and communication in place.
The ‘Pinky Promise’ for younger readers can be accessed below.
The British Psychological Society guidance on supporting Care Experienced children and young people throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond can be accessed below.
See below for further information on the legislation underpinning the status of our Care Experienced children and young people.
Here is some information designed to assist self-evaluation in schools in line with national policy and best practice in supporting Care Experienced children and young people.