Scotland Policy Conferences

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Next steps for the children’s care system in Scotland and implementing The Promise

Morning, Wednesday, 26th October 2022

This conference looks at next steps for the children’s care system in Scotland.

It will be an opportunity to discuss current standards of provision and priorities for reform.

Delegates will examine the implementation plan for Keeping the Promise, following commitments made in the Independent Care Review and the original Promise report to address priorities and challenges for the care system.

The conference also comes with the National Care Service (NCS) Bill being introduced to The Scottish Parliament. The Bill is aimed at paving the way for children’s social work and care services to be included in the NCS, as well as for a National Social Work Agency.

Sessions in the agenda focus on:

  • policy - implementation of Keeping the Promise - priorities for reform - funding - improving structures and services
  • children’s experiences of the care system - development of healthy relationships - tackling mental health concerns - improvement of outcomes - support for families and carers
  • social mobility - educational attainment within the system - assisting care leavers and young people with pathways to further study and employment
  • child-centred decision making - children’s voices in the decision-making process - strengthening the children’s hearings system
  • workforce priorities - development of a National Social Work Agency - support for a skilled and stable workforce
  • cross sector collaboration - whole-system approach - the place of children’s services in the new National Care Service - tackling barriers to joint working

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Clare Haughey MSP, Minister for Children and Young People; Iona Colvin, Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government; and a senior speaker from The Promise Scotland.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from The Scottish Government - as well as Education Scotland.

Keynote Speakers

Clare Haughey MSP

Minister for Children and Young People

Iona Colvin

Chief Social Work Advisor, Scottish Government

Keynote Speakers

Clare Haughey MSP

Minister for Children and Young People

Iona Colvin

Chief Social Work Advisor, Scottish Government

Senior speaker confirmed from The Promise Scotland


Jo Derrick

CEO, Staf

Amanda Hatton

Executive Director of Education and Children’s Services, City of Edinburgh Council

Jim Gillespie

Chief Executive Officer, Kibble

Kathy Henwood

Head of Education & Children Services and Chief Social Worker, Fife Council

Elliot Jackson

National Convener and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hearings Scotland

John Ryan

Assistant Director, Aberlour Child Care Trust

Alison Sutherland

Head of Service and Chief Officer for Children, Families and Justice, North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership