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The Impact of Covid on Care Experienced Children and Young People

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A live online forum to discuss the findings and evidence from the past year and what care experienced young people say needs to change.

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Please note, this event will be held on Zoom.

Continuing the series of Red Harbour’s online forums exploring the issues affecting Scotland’s children and young people, we are delighted to host this event on the impacts of Covid-19 on children and young people in Scoltand.

The events of the past year have impacted the lives of everyone but the effects of the pandemic on vulnerable young people have been particularly significant, with many of them being more exposed to the financial and mental health implications of lock-down.

Since 2016, Scotland has been considering ways to reshape the care system, taking time to listen to the voices of care experienced young people throughout Scotland, and on 5th February 2020, a pledge was made, with affirmation from all political parties within Scotland, to #KeepThePromise. Much has changed in the twelve months since then but it is important not to lose sight of The Promise and the commitments we have made to Scotland’s care experienced children and young people.

In recognising the importance of delivering The Promise, The Scottish Government has assigned the Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP as Cabinet Secretary with the delivery of The Promise to care experienced young people at the heart of his brief alongside Chairing a cross party steering group on Covid recovery, further demonstrating the correlation of both remits.

Key areas of concern which have been highlighted by government include the overwhelming sense of isolation generated by social distancing measures, the absence of face to face meetings with key workers and an increase in mental health issues due to the already stretched mental health services. The importance of ‘maintaining contacts’, access to digital technology and targeted interventions, is seen as being vital for the mental health of young people.

This event will look at the findings collated over the past year and provide evidence from young people on what needs to change, not only to support post-pandemic recovery, but also to ensure that the longer-term commitments of The Promise are kept.

We are delighted to welcome our expert panel, who will share the findings of their own research and experience, as well as answer questions from the audience.

Our panel to date:

  • Jo Derrick, CEO, Staf (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum)
  • Carol Wassell, Head of Area Support and Community Improvement, Children's Hearings Scotland
  • Lucy Hughes, Policy Offer, Who Cares? Scotland
  • Alex McTier, Evidence and Evaluation Specialist, CELCIS

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Interactive engagement is an integral part of all Red Harbour events. There will be the opportunity for attendees to submit a question prior to the event to be featured in the speaker Q&A.

We hope you will be able to join us and be part of this discussion to produce positive experiences for children and young people. If you have any questions, please contact info@redharbour.org

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Red Harbour are an event, policy and content management agency specialising in the children and young people sector.

Claire Hunter, Director
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