Following the announcement today (Friday 5 March) by the BIG Lottery Fund of a £50 million investment partly aimed at helping young people leaving care, Jennifer Davidson, Director of the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care, said: "Young people leaving care too often experience extremely difficult transitions due to a lack of support and services.
"The Children's Commissioner's Sweet 16 report has detailed the detrimental impact of this transition on young people and the challenges that services face. We are delighted that the National Lottery has seized the opportunity to make a real difference to this particularly vulnerable group of young people. We welcome the recognition that these young people have a great deal to contribute when they are given the right support and opportunities."
The Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care (SIRCC) is funded by the Scottish Government and is a partnership between the Robert Gordon University, the University of Strathclyde, Who Cares? Scotland, and Langside College. It was established in 2000 with the aim of ensuring that residential child care staff throughout Scotland have access to the skills and knowledge they require to meet the needs of the children and young people in their care.