Who we are and What we do
The Children’s Rights officers, Kate Ramsden and Laura Stewart are here to help children and young people understand their rights when being looked after or living away from home. It is our job to make sure that children know their rights, and are listened to and treated fairly.
The service is independent from social workers, teachers, residential care staff, foster carers, educational psychologists and all other adults concerned with children’s care.
We can give information, advice and help over the phone, or by writing to children and young people, or by arranging a visit in a place that is suitable.
For more information on what we do and how to contact us visit the Children’s Rights Service on the Aberdeenshire council website
When children and young people become looked after, the local authority becomes their ‘Corporate Parent.’ The term recognises that the local authority must have the same interest in the progress and attainments of looked after children, in the same way as a reasonable parent would have for their own children. We support children and young people in helping them put forward their views about what is good about services for them and what needs to be changed.
Our work with the YPOC Group
We also work with the YPOC Group and meet monthly to campaign to make things better for Looked After Children. Please look at the YPOC Group page so you can see what we have been working on and the campaigns we have been part of. These include Corporate Parenting, Guide to Meetings and Tell it Like It Is events.
Meet the Chlldren’s rights Team
The team, from left, Anne Whitecross, Admin Assistant, Kate Ramsden & Laura Stewart, Children’s Rights Officers
- The Scottish Child Law Centre: Dedicated legal advice for Young People Freecall Under 21s (landlines) 0800 328 8970 (mobiles) 0300 3301421 website: sclc.org.uk
- SCCYP: Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People: works to promote and protect the rights of children.www.sccyp.org.uk Young People’s Freephone: 0800 019 1179
- Childline: Freephone 0800 1111
- Who Cares?Scotland: Voluntary organisaiton working with and for children and young people in care. 07712869576, Young People’s worker