Annual performance spotlights

Get it right for children and young people

Connect Priority 2

Keeping our children safe, away from harm, and improving their wellbeing is a key priority. It is everyone’s responsibility to help ensure our children are safe. We make a difference by working together to help improve the outcomes for individual children and families, including keeping safe on the internet, enjoying a healthy and active lifestyle and having someone to talk to.  We will seek to protect our children’s future from the effects of climate change and empower children and young people to take action.

Case study: The Promise

The Care Review is “an independent, root and branch review of Scotland’s care system”, the underpinning legislation, practices, culture and ethos. The outcome of the review is ‘The Promise’ to care experienced children and young people, built on five foundations of voice; family; care; people and scaffolding. These foundations are at the heart of our promise for our children and families.

At its core, is the commitment to keep children with their families where it is safe to do so and above all else, value the importance of relationships with families. We are working to shape local practice and involve service providers, professionals and volunteers involved in the lives of children to implement change.

Our newly established Corporate Parenting Board met for the first time at the end of April 2021 and was renamed ‘The Promise Board’ to underline the importance of this commitment. In addition, our Champions’ Board was launched in December 2019 and has now been incorporated into our children’s services governance structure on a parity with The Promise Board. The approach will have a key role in helping us shape and adapt our services throughout the duration of the Promise Plan 21-24.

The work is supported through three new priority multiagency thematic groups who will help to implement this change:

  • Redesigning Services for care experienced children within the
  • Community Throughcare, aftercare and continuing care
  • Engagement and participation of care experienced children and young people

The plan will give centrality to the importance of relationships across our workforce, promoting a culture that values relationships between the workforce and children, young people and their families.


How we did in 2020/21

Note: some 2020-21 results were impacted due to the Covid-19 crisis

School leavers’ achieving 5 or more awards at Level 6: The target - to improve on previous year. 40.6% of school leavers achieved 5 or more awards at level 6 in 2020-21 compared to 37.2% in 2019-20. The target was met, and performance is improving.

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