At Venture Trust, we're delighted by the news that young people in care in Scotland are to be given greater rights to to continue their care placement until they reach 21.
From April 2015, the Children and Young People Bill will allow for teenagers in residential, foster or kinship care to remain looked after until the age of 21. This development marks a really positive step forward in supporting young people in care to reach positive futures, and as such we strongly welcome the news. The current system, which frequently sees young people leaving care aged 16 or 17, leaves them without the support networks they need to navigate their way to a positive future.
At Venture Trust, young people joining our Inspiring Young Futures programme are frequently addressing a range of challenges in their lives as they approach adulthood and independance. Whilst our support effectively helps young people to overcome the issues they face and work towards more positive futures, we know that consistent relationships and ongoing support networks are vital in enabling young people to reach their potential.
This breakthrough has long been championed by our friends and colleagues at Who Cares? Scotland, who are also asking people to pledge support to their pledge2listen campaign which aims to tackle the negative stereotypes which exist in communities up and down the country towards kids from care backgrounds.
This story has been widely covered by the BBC, if you'd like to read more.