Subject: Root and branch review, Summer Conference & Visit from First Minister

Hi Friend,

This newsletter comes at a key time in the history of the care system in Scotland, as we start to get to grips with the root and branch review and all it implies. It will be the focus of the key messages we wish to be considered at our Summer Conference.

As the sector never stands still, we’ve packed loads of insights and articles into this issue. Find out more about our Focus Groups, catch up on our Practitioners’ Gathering on trauma, loss and attachment, and learn about new developments in The Voices project. Be sure to check out our web resources for useful publications, legislation and policy,

Enjoy the newsletter and look forward to catching up soon.

Best wishes,
Root and Branch Review
Read our initial response, along with background reading on the Root and Branch Review on our website. 

We’re delighted that Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, will Chair the Review. 

Read the response from our recent Managers' Forum, and their views of other things to be considered.
First Minister in the Frame
Looked after young people from East Ayrshire and Falkirk recently spent a morning with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The young people shared their experiences with the First Minister, giving her their invaluable perspective of the care system. They even managed to get a selfie! Read more…

Summer Conference: Nothing Less Will Do...
Booking is now open for the much anticipated Staf Summer Conference 2017, with early bird rates available until 14th April 2017. We're bringing together young people, corporate parents, practitioners and managers to share, learn and reflect on new approaches, what's working, and what could be better. Read More...

Honorary Members: Have you nominated yet?
Staf's very own honours system is our way of recognising outstanding work and passion for the sector.

The award is especially valued since young people and professionals come together to make the nominations.  

To nominate someone you know, please visit our website by clicking on the button below.
Improving Lives Project
We are now building on the success of this project by partnering with East Ayrshire Intensive Support Service. We hope to reach 100 young people over the lifespan of the project. Read More...

We would like to welcome our new Youth Development Worker, Ruairi Hunter, who has been appointed to manage and oversee the work. Read more...
Focus Groups
Supported Lodgings / Carers focus group

The most recent meeting took place on 15 March 2017 in Renfrewshire, where we discussed service updates, Care Inspectorate inspection feedback, corporate parenting updates. Read more...

This was followed by our first, very successful, Open Doors session. Read more...
Implications of Continuing Care

Sign up for our next focus group on 3 May 2017, held at Staf’s Glasgow offices.

Hear how colleagues from Perth and Kinross, and Aberdeenshire Councils are progressing continuing care in their area, and have your say.
News in Brief
Saffron and Simone, from the Voices, were recently invited to be on the panel at a special screening of I Daniel Blake; an eye-opening film about the UK welfare system. 

The event was hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University and CELCIS. 

Scotland’s newly-launched Experience Panels are a chance for anyone with personal experience of the benefits system to help shape the future of social security. The Scottish Government is keen to reach as many people with recent experience of benefits as possible, and to ensure wide representation across all the devolved benefits.

Panel registration closes on 12 May 2017. Read more…
What We're Reading
  • Self-directed support and early intervention, Tim Keilty, New Prospects Association
  • Mark Smith's guest editorial in the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care
  • What are our obligations to care leavers who lose their own infants and children to the State? An article about the removal of children from care-experienced parents, by Professor Karen Broadhurst, Claire Mason and Dr Stuart Bedston, Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Lancaster University
  • An article investigating potential links between childhood adversity, attachment style and Scotland's excess mortality. Authors are: M Smith, A.E. Williamson, D. Walsh and G. McCartney
  • Propel is a new initiative by Become (formerly the Who Cares? Trust). The comprehensive online resource is designed to help more young people with a care background get into further and higher education, and complete their courses.  It provides information on key issues that would affect them in further and higher education, including specific funding for care leavers and year-round accommodation. They can also compare course information from every further education college in Scotland and 94% of all universities in the UK.
  • The Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care has published a special issue on Love in Professional Practice, guest edited by Mark Smith, Head of Social Work at the University of Edinburgh. The aim is to open up a responsible and healthy discussion about the importance of love in children's lives and the complexity of what this means in a professional context.
Training & Development
Stay informed about the Children and Young people (Scotland) 2014. We have a number of specific training modules to help you and your team understand and implement the legislation including:

  • Continuing care, aftercare and corporate parenting 
  • Understand the issues faced by care-experienced young people 
  • Understand the impact of new legislation 
  • Understand the role of aftercare services and the support they offer young people
  • How to build positive relationships and support care-experienced young people

“This course has given me a huge jump in my understanding of the issues faced by care-experienced young people, particularly trauma.” Course attendee.

For more info, or to book, please contact

Get on Board
Do you have a project you're working on, or an issue you'd like to bring to the attention of the Staf Board? Register for a ten-minute time slot where you can share your developments, ideas, or issues with the Staf Board. The next two meetings are scheduled for:
  • 28 April 2017
  • 25 August 2017
To register interest, please email Norma.

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