In April 2014, the Scottish Parliament passed a law called the Children and Young People (Scotland) 2014. In this Act, a range of organisations in Scotland became corporate parents to looked after children and care leavers. Police Scotland is a corporate parent. Police Scotland will generally refer to our looked after children and care leavers as care experienced young people as this is a term the young people prefer themselves. Under the law, corporate parents must work together to give you the love, security and chances that any good parent would.
Police Scotland published its first National Corporate Parenting Plan in March 2018. At this time it was recognised that it was essential to have a version of this plan for children and young people. Therefore, this plan has been produced in collaboration with the Young Radicals who are a group of care experienced young people supported by Who Cares? Scotland.
- We will train police officers in their corporate parenting duties.
- We will work with other corporate parents to make sure we are all doing our best for care experienced young people.
- We will work with young people to update future Police policy and practice .
- We will have a corporate parenting champions in our 13 policing areas.
- We will look at how we can better identify care experienced young people who come into Police custody by displaying -
- We will look at how we can better identify care experienced young people when submitting a wellbeing concern form.
- We will look at what we do when young people are reported missing from their care homes to help reduce
- We will commit to and sign the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant. It is important that we support care experienced young people and help to change rules to make better outcomes for care experienced young people.
- We will work with other groups to keep care experienced young people out of Court and the Children’s Hearing System where possible by
- Working in partnership with other agencies
- We will make it easier for care experienced young people to apply for jobs within Police Scotland
- We will identify care experienced young people within Polmont Young Offenders Institution and help empower them to be able to take control of their life and reach their aspirations
- We will speak with care experienced young people to find out what we can do to give them more opportunities – if you have an idea please email here.
- We will work with care experienced young people to update our Corporate Parenting Plan – if you have an idea please email here.
- We will make sure training is given to new Police Officers which includes information on the needs of care experienced young people.
- We will be involved in the Root and Branch Care Review to make Scotland’s care system the best in the world. If you want to get involved with this contact the amazing 1000 voices team at email@example.com or call 01412264441.