Information & Support


Voluntary Sector

A range of voluntary organisations provide support and information on looked after children and young people and care leavers in Scotland. Some also have a wider role in supporting other children and young people.


Aberlour Child Care Trust is a Scottish children’s charity, providing help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year.

Action for Children

Action for Children is a UK-wide children’s charity who help over 8,000 of Scotland's most vulnerable children, and provide them with more than 60 services.


Barnardo’s Scotland engages with external organisations to bring about positive change for children, young people and families within Scotland.

Children in Scotland

Children in Scotland is the national agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland

Children 1st

Children 1st is a Scottish charity who work with children, young people, their families, communities and other organisations to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Scotland.


Includem is a charity who work with some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and troubled young people, helping them to change their circumstances and build a better life.

The Fostering Network

The Fostering Network is the voice of foster care, and has been influencing policy and campaigning for improvements for nearly 40 years.

Future Pathways

Future Pathways supports people who experienced abuse or neglect as a child in care in Scotland. They can arrange and pay for support, including counselling, access to work and education, and health and well-being support, to help people find their own pathways to a positive future.


Quarriers is a Scottish charity dedicated to helping children, families and adults overcome adversity.

Rock Trust

The Rock Trust works in Edinburgh and the Lothians with young people between the ages of 16- 25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They support, advise and help educate young people.

Venture Trust

The Venture Trust believes that everyone can be supported to make and sustain positive changes in their lives. They help people recognise what they need to change, then - through time, space and intensive support - give them the confidence, motivation and life skills they need to make those changes.

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation providing a range of advocacy, advice and support services across Scotland for children and young people with experience of care up to the age of 25. Who Cares? Scotland has a vision of a Scotland where all children and young people with experience of care are understood, believed in and given every opportunity to thrive.


Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW) - Children and Families Committee

The Standing Committee looks at issues affecting the welfare of children and their families and the services that local authorities provide to support them.

Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF)

The Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum was set up to improve the life chances of young people leaving care in Scotland. STAF was formed by practitioners concerned about the major difficulties experienced by care leavers during the fragile period of transition to adulthood.


Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate is the independent scrutiny and improvement body for care services in Scotland. It is leading new joint inspections of children's services in every area of Scotland.

The Scottish Government - Looked After Children and Young People

This section of the Scottish Government’s website outlines their commitment to ensuring that all looked after children and care leavers get the support they need to become healthy, confident and responsible members of the community.


Centre for Excellence for Looked-after Children in Scotland (CELCIS)

CELCIS is committed to improving the outcomes and opportunities for looked after children through a collaborative and facilitative approach that is focused on having the maximum positive impact on their lives.

Sources of Public Information

Care Information Scotland

The Care Information Scotland website and telephone service provides information about a range of care services for older people living in Scotland. This is a handy guide to help you get started if this is the first time you are looking for support for yourself, a friend or family member and really do not know where to start.

Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland, 2013-14

Scottish Government data on children looked after during the period from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014.

Key Policy and Practice Developments

Children and Young People Act

The Children and Young People Act is a key part of legislation for making Scotland the best place for children and young people to grow up, giving them the best start in life and ensuring they have the opportunities to thrive and develop.