The Promise

Last updated: 29/08/2023

Read One Parent Families Scotland’s report, ‘Poverty-proofing for families in or on the edges of care’, commissioned by The Promise Scotland.

The overarching ambition of The Scottish Government in its commitment to keep the promise for care experienced children, young people and their families is to keep families together where it is safe to do so and to provide the support that is required to make this happen. Providing young people with the opportunity to return to a safe and economically stable family environment is therefore central to achieving this ambition.

- Satwat Rehman, OPFS Chief Executive

This report is based on research by OPFS with Child Poverty Action Group. It explores what happens to family finances when a child enters the care system in Scotland and this how affects family reunification. The report is based on interviews with practitioners and parents who have come into contact with the care system. It contains series of short-term and long-term recommendations to mitigate against the negative consequences for families when a child is taken into care.