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 “firstname.lastname@example.org” or on our public facebook page (par parents advocacy and rights)