What was the project?
A group of charities that work with looked-after children wanted to push the Scottish government to transform the system of support for care leavers. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill 2014 contained only limited improvements, and the coalition wanted to strengthen young people’s rights to stay in care and receive support beyond the age of 16. It brokered meetings between care leavers and government officials, and came up with a detailed set of amendments to the bill, promoted by more than 1,000 supporters who wrote to MSPs and the children’s minister.
Who was involved in the project?
Barnardo’s Scotland, Aberlour Childcare Trust and WhoCares? Scotland formed the coalition. Barnardo’s used its supporters to promote the campaign publicly, and the other two charities mobilised young care leavers.
What did the coalition achieve?
The campaign led to changes, including the right of young people to stay in care in Scotland until 21 and a 40 per cent increase in the number of care leavers eligible for after-care support.
What did the judges say?
Linda Butcher, chief executive of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, said: "The campaign had a very clear impact and the approach was very empowering for young people."
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