SQA pledges support for Who Cares Scotland

SQA Chief Executive Dr Janet Brown with Connor Chalmers, Ambassador; Claudia Macdonald, Director of Influencing and Kevin Browne, Senior Corporate Parenting Officer at Who Cares? Scotland.

Today, (Friday 27 March 2015), the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) pledges its support for the Who Cares? Scotland ‘Listen-Act-Unite’ campaign.

From 01 April, SQA joins many other public bodies in Scotland and becomes a National Corporate Parent under the Children and Young Person (Scotland) Act 2014, giving it a number of responsibilities to young people who experience the care system.

The ‘Listen-Act-Unite’ campaign brings together young people, members of the public, decision makers, power holders and communities, to establish how we listen to care experienced young people; how we act on what we hear and how we unite to create better lives for them. The campaign aims to dispel the myths about children in care and give them the same opportunities as other young people.

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: “SQA is delighted to be a National Corporate Parent and is committed to making things better by listening to young people in and from care. We have met with some young people to learn about their lives and ambitions and as an organisation we feel strongly that we can make a real difference.

“SQA is committed to helping young people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions, no matter what their background, by providing a wide range of high quality, accessible qualifications that accurately reflect their knowledge and skills.

“SQA qualifications prepare people for life in general as well as for progression into further study, training or employment.”

Who Cares? Scotland is a national voluntary organisation, which provides 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 is commissioned by the Scottish Government to provide training for National Corporate Parents.

Further information about the ‘Listen-Act-Unite’ campaign can be found on the Who Cares? Scotland website.