The Scottish Government has called an independent review of the Care system in Scotland. The Review has been going on for nearly two years now, but the focus has been on the inside of the system and what it is like for children. PAR has engaged with the Review and had a very good hearing from Fiona Duncan, the independent chair, who has gone out of her way to meet with us and with other parents who contacted her. But we have pointed to the lack of voice for parents and families in the main work of the review.

There is little if any mention of parents on the Care Review and of why children come into care or are kept in care long after any crisis is over. So the good news is that the Care Review has agreed to host an event for parents in September and has asked PAR to help organise it. We will be putting out a call to all groups representing parents with children in care and of children who have been adopted against parents wishes.

If you or your group if you are in a parent led group would like to be involved in this, we want to hear from you and to include you in planning.

Please contact us on “” or on our public facebook page (par parents advocacy and rights)

Listen to Woman’s Hour today (27 July) which has a good item on Mothers Apart from their Children: mothers talking about the pain of being apart from children, and the lack of support from social work for keeping and regaining care

Rise’s new video on parents’ experiences with caseworkers

Rise’s new video on parents’ experiences with caseworkers will be used to train 7,000 child welfare staff in NYC

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Care Review in Scotland wants to hear from parents and families about care

First Minister announces ‘root and branch’ review

First minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced this ‘root and branch’ review of the care system so that we can get it right for the most vulnerable children and young people in Scotland.

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You’re all missing something very important about the rape clause

There may be something far more sinister behind the Tories’ so-called ‘rape clause’

“SEE this fist? You should have been watching the other one!”

My father used to have a game where he would hold up a clenched fist and say, see this hand? Watch this,” and as we watched the hand, he would then bring the other hand up to punch us (gently) on the chin – his message being that it is not the hand being waved in your face you have to watch but the other one coming in with the knock out blow.

The likelihood of an unexpected blow was one lesson he was keen to pass on to us – or to remind himself of. It is one I often forget as I realise I have been watching the wrong fist just before being sideswiped from the other direction.

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The Three Girls drama is a reminder that staying silent is not an option

Picture: Sophie Mutevelian/BBC

By Nushra Mansuri, professional officer at the British Association of Social Workers

Watching the harrowing BBC drama series ‘Three Girls’ hit a raw nerve for me. In the late nineties, I worked for a third sector organisation and supported young women and girls who were homeless or in a housing crisis – many of whom were fleeing child sexual exploitation. A lot of the work focused on advocating to children’s social care, housing providers, education, police, health and many other services on their behalf.

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