Update on Our Promise to Care Experienced Children and Young People

Update on Our Promise to Care Experienced Children and Young People Image

Efforts to support Dundee care experienced children and young people and deliver on “The Promise” to them in response a national independent review will be outlined to councillors.

Members of the children and families services committee are to consider a six-month progress update following the launch of the city’s ‘Our Promise to Care Experienced Children and Young People 2021-23’ earlier this year.

The new approach comes after the report of the Independent Care Review and builds on achievements through the city’s previous Corporate Parenting Plan. 

The Dundee Partnership’s Promise is designed to substantially change and improve the engagement, support and outcomes for children and young people on the edges of care and with current alternative care arrangements. 

Depute committee convener Councillor Roisin Smith said: “I am pleased to see that there has been real progress in then last few months, building on the substantial achievements of our previous corporate parenting plans.

“We want to provide more positive outcomes for these young people and the report outlines how partners are working together to provide support and opportunities for them. 

“Their voices are extremely important in helping to shape their futures, and we are all committed to listening very carefully and responding appropriately. 

“I would like to thank everyone across our partners involved in the various strands of work making up the Promise for their efforts, especially with the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.

"There have been many positive developments in the last few years, but I know that much more needs to be done for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Dundee.

“This progress report is welcome, but we cannot be complacent and must keep focused on improving the lives of these children and young people.”

‘Our Promise’ is built around key foundations of change including Voice, Family, Care, People and Scaffolding.

Highlights in report include the implementation of the Fast Online Referral Tracking system by the Alliance Group. During the pandemic, 110 agencies have made 1,485 requests for support to this central referral point, leading to the distribution of £570,000 in welfare funding alongside face-to-face and/or digital guidance and advice.

Meanwhile, new social work structures have been set up to provide more consistent and targeted support for children and young people.

The children and families services committee meets on Monday October 25.

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