Council respond to Independent Care Review
Posted on 5 Feb 2020
North Ayrshire Council say they will ‘continue to challenge themselves’ and ensure children in care across the region receive the best possible start to life.
The local authority were responding to Independent Care Review which was published today (Wednesday, February 5).
The root-and-branch review of Scotland’s care system has far-reaching recommendations which will see how care is delivered across the Scotland,
And North Ayrshire Council says it will continue to lead the fight in protecting, supporting and providing a loving and nurturing environment for those who have either been in care or experienced it.
Over three years, the Care Review listened to more than 5500 people with experience of the care system. Half of these were children. Six wide-ranging reports have today been published.
Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet member for the Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “This is a hugely important review and we will look at all the recommendations closely and see how we as corporate parents and a caring Council can deliver these here in North Ayrshire.
“We have shown that there is broad support across the Council to deliver improvements and support for these children and young people and this is reflected in the decisions we have taken. We were the first local authority to exempt care experienced people from Council Tax which was subsequently rolled out nationally by the Scottish Government. We have also made the decision to support more North Ayrshire residents to access fostering opportunities which is a rewarding experience for both the foster parents and the children they look after.
“We have been involved in this hugely important review into Scotland’s care system. The children and young people in our care here in North Ayrshire have had an opportunity to have their voices heard during the review, outlining their experiences of the care system here in North Ayrshire and the changes needed to ensure the care provided is the best it can possibly be.
“It is a very welcome report, for too long the children and young people in our care have had vastly poorer outcomes that those without experience of care and it will take a shift at a systemic and societal level to ensure that these children and young people have barrier free access to the respect, love and safety that every child deserves.
“We will reflect over the coming weeks on how best we can take the recommendations of the review forward here in North Ayrshire and continue to challenge ourselves and others to make North Ayrshire the best place for all of our children to grow up.”