Our promise to children and young people

In 2016, Scotland began an independent review of its care system. The review listened to more than 5,500 voices, over half of which were children and young people who have experience of the care system.

The result of this work was a report on children’s care services called The Promise.

This set out Scotland’s promise to children and young people that they will grow up loved, safe and respected, and a plan has been developed to help Scotland keep this promise.

East Ayrshire’s Promise to children and young people

We will keep the promise from Scotland’s independent care review in all of our parenting responsibilities to make sure children and young people feel loved and have the childhood they deserve.

Our children and young people are inspiring, creative and full of potential, and make an important contribution to our communities.

We are listening to them, their families, carers and people who are involved in their lives, and will continue working together so we can all be the best we can be, despite any adversity we may face.

We will continue to consult with children and young people in East Ayrshire to help us understand how we can deliver The Promise in a way that works best for them.

Implementation plan

We have developed an implementation plan that covers all aspects of The Promise. Feedback from local care experienced young people and partners across the workforce have pointed us towards a number of areas we need to prioritise:

  • Children and young people’s right to education
  • Maintaining safe, loving relationships that are important
  • Supporting moving on to independent living
  • Whole family support
  • Embedding trauma-informed practice

Keep an eye on our What’s New page to see what we’ve all been up to.

Care experienced community

East Ayrshire’s care experienced community is a vibrant and energised group of people. We couldn’t be more proud of everything they are achieving – they go from strength to strength!

Their valuable input consistently helps us to shape our services and support for children and young people in East Ayrshire.

If you’re care experienced and want to find out more about how you can get involved, contact our participation leader Eoghann MacColl.