What we know

‘I don’t pretend we have all the answers.
But the questions are certainly worth thinking about’
Arthur C. Clarke

One of the aims of this website is to create a space where people can read about what positively supports practitioners and young people maintain nurturing relationships as young people leave care. To do this we need:

  • personal stories
  • guidance
  • summaries of ‘what the research says’
  • examples of how people are working by prioritising relationships

Below is a range of evidence that has already been submitted.

  • Laura provides an insight into what life feels like to live in care, leave care, and seek love and support. “The care system is suported to provide a subsititute for family life, but love is not part of the deal”

  • Whether we’re talking about improving educational attainment in school, focusing on wellbeing, or securing permanence for looked after children, at CELCIS we know that helping children and young people to establish, develop and sustain healthy, positive relationships is really important. Nurturing, stable relationships for children and young people is at the heart of our work

  • I’m proud to be part of, and passionately believe in the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant, which we launched in October 2015 as part of National Care Leavers Week. The Covenant is the result of work from a cross-sector alliance of organisations and it supports corporate parents to fulfil their duties and responsibilities under Parts 9

  • Our research looked at social pedagogy, an approach to working with people which has relationships at its heart…

  • “The failure of the care system to replicate or compensate for the stable relationships that most children have with their parents is one of its most serious and long-standing deficiencies” (House of Commons, 2009).   Previous and current literature highlights relationships in residential child care as imperative to good practice. However the idea of promoting and

  • “What’s unique about the fostering service? Well we are like a big extended family we all have different roles; foster carers, key workers, managers and operations manager. What happens is regardless of these roles, we all come together for one thing and that’s for our kids to have the best chance in life” (James foster

  • During my interviews I asked young people from their experience what their advice would be for staff on building relationships with young people in residential child care. They each explained what factors they felt were important and what they would do to build a positive relationship. The most common themes are shared above and taken from the ten

  • Throughout this piece of work I am going to be talking about my transition from care into independent living, what it was like for me and what could have been better. I left care just passed my 17th birthday. I was in a very settled placement and I was happy where I was staying. I

  • Boundaries are often seen as lines separating the personal and professional lives of workers. But it is not clear that strict separations of the personal and the professional fit well with the intimacy of the task…

  • My name is Jenn and I am going to be talking about why relationships are so important for looked after and accommodated young people, why I felt they had such a strong impact on me and what they were like once I had left care. There are so many stigmas attached to young people in

  • I never hear from any of the male staff at their own will, well that’s not true…

  • “Is our relationship important? Put it this way, two years ago I was kicking walls and kept everything to myself. It’s taken that time for me to trust Steve. He gets my Robertness, he walks towards me when things are bad instead of walking away like the others did”. Throughout my research each of the

  • The Scottish Care Leavers’ Covenant is a bold and committed promise to young people who have experience of the care system…

  • Interesting article from The Guardian about the importance of language.

  • My name is Nicki, and I have been employed with Care Visions for 4 years. I have recently been appointed as Service Manager for Care Visions new and exciting project, Why Not? Why Not? was developed in recognition that everyone needs consistent and reliable relationships in their lives. Why Not? models its practice on a