In 2017, Corporate Parenting Leads across Aberdeenshire began meeting directly with Care Experienced young people in a new way to renew Aberdeenshire’s vision and commitment to ensuring that Care Experienced young people remain at the heart of planning and improvement. These twilight sessions ensure that our Care Experienced Young People have a voice and that voice is heard by partners who can make difference at both a service and strategic level in their organisation. Partners are challenged through listening and responding to stories of lived experience and demonstrate their commitment by making pledges about what they can do differently to ensure their organisation/service responds to the needs of our care experienced young people.
Current pledges include:
‘I pledge to be available, accessible and approachable to the young folk and keep my fellow Councillors informed and involved.
Cllr Anouk Kloppert & Looked After Children Champion
‘To work to eliminate the attainment gap between Care Experienced & non- Care Experienced students at NESCoL’
Robin McGregor, NESCOL
‘To Continue to raise the profile of our family firm and create interesting work experience and opportunities.’
Jacqueline Dinnes, SDO, Our Family Firm
‘To ensure NHS Grampian employees know what Corporate Parenting is and what being Looked After or Care Experienced means’
Linda Gray, LAC Nurse
‘I pledge to do all that I and my school can to prevent changes of school unless this is what the young person wants.’
Dawn Lynch, Depute Head Teacher
I will raise awareness about the work within North East division of Police Scotland about Police Officers’ responsibilities and the need to listen to and engage
Sheila McDermott, Police Scotland
For more information, please contact:
Leigh Jolly (Leigh.Jolly@aberdeenshire.gov.uk) or on 01467 628308 or ask your carer or social worker to do this for you.