Are we Keeping The Promise for children in conflict with the law?

In February 2020 the findings of the Independent Care Review were published, reaching conclusions about the way in which Scotland must change the way it cares for its children. A number of these were specific to children in conflict with the law – or who are at risk of being so.

Almost two years on, CYCJ hosted a webinar on December 8, 2021, asking what The Promise means for these children, what progress has been made, and what role practitioners can play in improving the way Scotland treats its children.

Speakers were Brian Houston, the newly appointed Head of Support at The Promise Scotland; Ross Gibson, Practice Development Advisor at CYCJ; and David Orr, Social Work Team Leader at Edinburgh City Council and representing the Scottish Association of Social Workers.

The audience of practitioners and social workers then took part in discussion focused on three questions:

• What impact is The Promise having in your area?
• What challenges do you face in achieving these ambitions?
• What support do you need in order to achieve this?

Relevant reading

View slides from Ross Gibson’s presentation.

The Promise

The Promise: Plan 21-24

On January 27, CYCJ is hosting a screening of Warriors: Revisiting the boys of Ballinkinrain, Bafta award winning filmmaker Stephen Bennett’s 2012 film. Register here.

CYCJ and the Scottish Government are asking children aged 12-18 to tell us their views on Scotland’s Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) policy. Please help us by sharing this


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