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Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (Staf) – Project Return


Staf was awarded £241,691 funding in November 2018 to run until October 2021

The Trust's Young People with Care Experience programme offered funding for projects that focussed on strengthening the knowledge and skills of the paid and voluntary workforce, so that they are more able to meet the needs and aspirations of care experienced young people. We call this 'Workforce Development'. The specific aims of the funding are to support the paid and voluntary workforce to put love and relationships at the heart of the care system, and to build a sense of shared purpose with young people.

This project, called Project Return, will explore the supportive environments needed to resolve adversity for young people with lived experience of care and the justice system. By working with young people, it intends to co-create an environment for practitioners, managers and those with lived experience of being in care to reflect on practice and consider what works and how we can put relationships at the heart of the system. 

Project Return was given its title by young people with lived experience of care and of the justice system. It offers the opportunity for curious exploration of the supportive environments we know are required to support recovery and the development of relationships, to resolve previous adversity and create transformation for young people.

Project Return will be delivered through the recruitment of a group of young people with care experience and practitioners from across the sector, called ”Champions”, who co-design the project and ensure it works best for young people.  They will also work to improve understanding of trauma and trauma-informed practice.

The group will work to establish what needs to be understood in relation to trauma and where the gaps are in practice relating to trauma, adversity and relationships.

Read more about Staf and Project Return