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Corporate Parenting

SDS became a corporate parent in 2014, along with other Scottish organisations including councils, colleges, and universities under the Children and Young People Act 2014 (Scotland).  

Since then we've become a committed corporate parent, ambitious to improve the equality of opportunity and outcomes for all of Scotland’s care experienced young people.  

The Independent Care Review and The Promise (‘The Promise’ is that Scotland's children and young people will grow up loved, safe and respected), set out recommendations and ambitions for supporting care experienced young people and we fully support the priority themes which align to our services.  

Our role as a corporate parent is to listen to those who are care experienced, understand their personal story, support their wellbeing and respond to their needs as any parent or carer should.  

One of the ways we do this is through our career service. 

How we can help  

Our careers advisers support care experienced young people to build their confidence and make informed career decisions for a successful transition from school into training, education, or employment.  

Enhanced career support is offered during a young person’s time at school, and beyond, up to age 26. However our advisers can also support people with care experience of any age and at their request.  

To access our support, contact your SDS adviser through your school, or by calling our Helpline on 0800 917 8000.  

What I liked about them was that they understood what I needed and wanted, even when I wasn’t sure myself.

Care experienced school leaver from the Career Ambitions Survey 2022

Get in touch

If you're an individual needing support or a practitioner who wants to refer an individual, please get in touch using the link below.

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Find other corporate parents

CELCIS has a directory of corporate parents from organisations across Scotland.

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