In government, we are undertaking a root and branch review of the system that supports children in care system – something that has never been done in any other country. This review will look at its underpinning laws, practices, culture and ethos, and will be driven by those who have experience of care.
The experiences and views of care experienced young people are central to delivering the change we seek. That’s why the Scottish Government has committed to having a conversation with 1000 care experienced people to inform improvements to our care system.
We’ve already increased the age which children are entitled to stay in their current care placement to 21. And we’re providing additional support up to the age of 26 for care leavers to help them live independently.
To ensure every care experienced young person can reach their potential, they are now entitled to to full university bursaries, with a place guaranteed for those who fulfil the minimum entry requirements. In the coming year we will increase bursaries for care experienced students to £8,100.