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<ul><li> Slide 1 </li> <li> Welcome Shilla Zwizwai Ambassador Who Cares? Scotland </li> <li> Slide 2 </li> <li> Today Who Cares? Scotland: Who we are and what we do. Looked After Children and Young People: My experience and others Corporate Parenting: How can it change our lives? </li> <li> Slide 3 </li> <li> Who We Are </li> <li> Slide 4 </li> <li> Looked After Children and Young People 16, 041 people in care. No more than 0.5% of Scotlands population. (Scottish Government, 2014) </li> <li> Slide 5 </li> <li> Background </li> <li> Slide 6 </li> <li> Before Care I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I moved to Scotland at the age of 13. Lived with my aunt &amp; uncle. Passed 8 Credit Standard Grades. Took on 5 Higher subjects. My expected results were As &amp; Bs. </li> <li> Slide 7 </li> <li> The Move My behaviour suddenly changed in school. My guidance teacher noticed the change and reached out to me. I was eventually introduced to social services and taken into residential care. On the day of the move, I had to pack my clothes in bin bags. Spent the day in my social workers office waiting for her to find me a new home. </li> <li> Slide 8 </li> <li> High School Undertook 5 Highers Physics, Chemistry, Maths, English &amp; Geography. Passed English but failed all other Highers. The travel distance between school and home had increased immensely. I was told that the residential childrens home was a temporary accommodation. I was too old to be there and I would get moved once a new accommodation became available. </li> <li> Slide 9 </li> <li> After Care Moved into my own accommodation at 19. Worked full time in call centres for 2 years. Went back to college after realising that the only way I could create a better future for myself was through education. Received an offer for an NC course in Criminology &amp; Social Sciences. Through care team paid my rent during my NC course. Struggled with applying for Discretionary funds as I couldnt provide some of the requested documents. Completed the course and a Grade A result. </li> <li> Slide 10 </li> <li> Turning 21 Letter from social. The end of through care support. </li> <li> Slide 11 </li> <li> The result of that letter Rent Arrears. Notice of proceedings. Couldnt even afford a Zone card into college. </li> <li> Slide 12 </li> <li> What followed? I was offered an UNCONDITIONAL offer for an HND course in Legal Services. My employer at the time asked me to pick between full time work and pursuing my education. I left work and started my course at City of Glasgow College. </li> <li> Slide 13 </li> <li> Who Cares? Scotland Speaking to Jim Murphy &amp; Ian Gray about the support Care Experienced Young people require from their Corporate Parents (Education). Education Campaign </li> <li> Slide 14 </li> <li> Future Plans Completing HND course and moving onto an LLB Law course at University. Continuing work with WhoCares?Scotland and promoting Education. For most Care experienced Young People Education is the ONLY aspect of their lives that is within their control. </li> <li> Slide 15 </li> <li> They can be looked after at home or away from home Looked After Children and Young People </li> <li> Slide 16 </li> <li> Are there different types of state care? </li> <li> Slide 17 </li> <li> Becoming Looked After in Scotland 90% Care &amp; Protection 10% Offence </li> <li> Slide 18 </li> <li> Educational Outcomes </li> <li> Slide 19 </li> <li> Post-Education and Employment Looked after Children Non-Looked after Children 79% left aged 16 and under 82% initially in a positive destination 74% in a positive destination after 9months 30% left aged 16 and under 91% initially in a positive destination 90% in a positive destination after 9 months </li> <li> Slide 20 </li> <li> Learning and teachingResearch and innovation SFC allocates about 1.6bn in public funds to Scotlands 19 universities and 25 colleges each year for: Student support funds (for college students) Skills development Widening access to further and higher education Other costs such as staff, buildings and equipment </li> <li> Slide 21 </li> <li> Educational Outcomes </li> <li> Slide 22 </li> <li> Prison </li> <li> Slide 23 </li> <li> Housing 30% of care leavers experience homelessness </li> <li> Slide 24 </li> <li> Is the answer Corporate Parenting? A public bodies performance of actions necessary to promote and support the physical, emotional, spiritual, social and cognitive development of a looked after child or care leaver, from infancy through to adulthood. (From Draft Guidance on Part 9 of Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014) </li> <li> Slide 25 </li> <li> 24 Corporate Parents A health board A board constituted under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 Healthcare Improvement Scotland Scottish Qualifications Authority Skills Development Scotland Social Care &amp; Social Work Improvement Scotland The Scottish Social Services Council Sport Scotland The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland Scottish Police Authority Scottish Fire &amp; Rescue Service The Scottish Legal Aid Board A local authority Scottish Ministers National Convener of Children's Hearings Scotland Children's Hearings Scotland Principal Reporter The Scottish Childrens Reporter Administration Scotlands Commissioner for Children and Young People The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland The Scottish Housing Regulator Brd na Gidhlig Creative Scotland A post-16 education body </li> <li> Slide 26 </li> <li> Get in Touch! Shilla Zwizwai Szwizwai@whocaresscotland.org 0141 226 4441 </li> </ul>