Clan Childlaw welcomes first 3-year Plan to implement The Promise

April 6th 2021

Clan Childlaw warmly welcomes the publication of Plan 21-24, the first of three plans which will implement The Promise over a ten-year period.

The Promise is a report which was published by the Care Review last year. The report told Scotland what it must do to make sure its most vulnerable children feel loved and have the childhood they deserve. Plan 21-24 sets out Scotland’s route map for the next three years of work to #KeepThePromise. The plan explains the priorities for the next three years and has ambitious goals for change by 2024.

Alison Reid, Principal Solicitor and Chief Executive at Clan Childlaw, said:

“I am delighted that The Promise team has committed to immediately tackling issues such as separating brothers and sisters, making sure transitions for care experienced young people are based on individual need, and ending youth homelessness. As lawyers for children and young people in Scotland, we see children and young people facing these issues every single day. The goals in Plan 21-24 are ambitious, but Scotland’s children deserve nothing less.”

As Scotland’s law centre for children and young people, Clan Childlaw has an important part to play in supporting the work of The Promise. We particularly welcome Plan 21-24’s recognition that care experienced children and young people need must be able to easily access child centred legal advice and representation. While Clan Childlaw is already committed to providing accessible child-centred legal services, this is a fantastic opportunity to widen and advance the practice of child-centred lawyering throughout Scotland.

Further information

The Promise
The Pinky Promise (for younger readers or those who are short of time)
The Plan 21-24