4 February 2020
The First Minister has met more than 1,000 care experienced young people since 2016.
1/ Thank you so much to all the young people who shared their stories with me. Taking part in and completing @1000voicesscot has been a deeply profound experience for me – it has changed fundamentally how I think and feel about the issues experienced by young people in care. https://t.co/yI1uzeiWdK
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) February 4, 2020
The First Minister said:
Thank you to all of the young people who took the time to raise their voice and share their very personal stories with me.
“You have helped to ensure we can provide a care system which will have love at its heart and give everyone in Scotland the childhood they deserve.
“The first thing I did after my initial conversations with care experienced people was to announce an Independent Care Review and I look forward to receiving the conclusions soon.
“But these conversations also made it clear to me that there were immediate actions we could take to improve the lives of young care experienced people across the country without delay while the Review was looking at the broader transformation required.
“That is why since 2016 we have improved access to funding support for further and higher education, committed to keep families together where it is safe to do so and introduced a fund to provide vital services and support to help improve the attainment of young people with care experience.
“We know there is more to do but this is just the start of the journey. Our work to improve the care system will continue and so will my conversations with young people who have experienced it.”