South Ayrshire Council has just signed up to the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant to ensure young people who have experience of the care system feel supported and valued.
The Council is keen that everyone in South Ayrshire has the opportunities they need to achieve their ambitions regardless of background, signing the covenant underlines this commitment.
Any organisation that signs up is committed to provide 'aftercare' (advice, guidance and assistance) to care leavers as they look to become independent.
The Council is always looking to provide the best care possible and is following the guidance set out in the covenant to ensure young people don’t become disadvantaged as a result of being in care.
Councillor Douglas Campbell, Leader South Ayrshire Council said: “We are already committed to ensuring all young people have the best possible start in life and signing the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant cements our position.
“Leaving care is a particularly critical time for young people and they need support and guidance as they journey into adulthood. We will continue to work with our partners and young people to prepare them for adult life.”
Councillor Julie Dettbarn, Health and Social Care Portfolio Holder said: “Our champions are an inspiration and I know just how much signing the covenant means to them. We have listened to the experiences of care leavers and are committed to working closely with them to build best practice and demonstrate how much they matter.”
Alex Horne, Champions for Change South Ayrshire Champions Board sessional worker said “I’m really pleased that South Ayrshire Council has signed the Care Leavers Covenant. This is a commitment which will make a huge difference to improving the support and understanding for care leavers across South Ayrshire.”
Olivia Khan, Participation Assistant, Champions for Change, South Ayrshire Champions Board said “Signing the Care Leavers Covenant feels like a great start for our Champions Board. I really feel that our corporate parents are determined to make positive changes for all care leavers in South Ayrshire.”