How are organisations working to #KeepThePromise

in Aberdeen?

Find out how Aberdeen City Council and other partner organisations are working towards ensuring the aims of The Promise are met and delivered in the city. 

Aberdeen City’s Children’s Services Partnership

‘The Promise’ makes clear the extent of change required, but the outcomes that Scotland needs to achieve are simple and reflect Scotland’s existing commitment that all children “grow up loved, safe and respected so they can fulfil their potential”.

In Aberdeen we know that commitment and alignment to The Promise requires more than sentiment and change from within single agencies. Aberdeen City’s Children’s Services Partnership is delivering on identified local commitments and actions to Keep the Promise through the Children’s Services Plan.

Aberdeen’s Promise priorities for change

  • Whole Family Support: Supporting families (in the broadest context) with a focus on what support works to keep families together and support wider families to continue to care, ensuring that support feels coherent, holistic and relational

  • Trauma: Delivery of early and preventative trauma informed support across all services

  • Children’s Rights: Ensuring the rights of the child, their own needs and their voice is at the centre of decisions about what is best for them.

  • Poverty: Ensuring that our local services know and understand the impact of poverty and work to reduce the number of children growing up in poverty and the negative outcomes associated with that.

  • Participation: Involve the care community and lived experience in our plans to #KeepthePromise by working with families to redesign the services available to them to make them work better for those that use them

Promise Delivery Partners from the Promise Scotland Team have been established to facilitate and support change alongside organisations in and around the care system to support shifts in policy, practice, and culture so Scotland can #KeepThePromise. Aberdeen City’s Promise Delivery Partner is:

Rachel Keenan

Promise Delivery Partner

rachelk@thepromise.scot

Amy Evans

Lead Officer for Corporate Parenting – Aberdeen City Council

amevans@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Gette Cobban

Senior Development Officer (The Promise) – ACVO TSI

georgette.cobban@acvo.org.uk

The image outlines Aberdeen City’s local children’s services strategic landscape which demonstrates how The Promise should encompass them all.

The care system is far reaching and goes beyond the strategic landscape outlined here.

All services in and around care have responsibilities for delivering on The Promise, not just for those children currently in care but for all who have, or will go on to have, care experience including infants, children, young people and adults.

The key outcomes within The Promise are a system that helps families to stay together where safe to do so by providing preventative whole family support, coupled with a care system for those children that require it that shows love, compassion and consistency for individual children and young people.

Progress so far

A self-evaluation of progress in Year One of Plan 21-24 has been undertaken by the Children’s Services Board to examine how children’s services in Aberdeen are and need to support the change agenda to keep the Promise. This exercise has helped identify gaps and areas for further development across the multi-agency children’s services partnership.

Whilst some progress has been made, there is still a significant amount of work to do if we are to affect the transformational change required of us all in and around the care system to deliver on The Promise.

Want to get involved or find out more? As well as getting in touch with Gette at ACVO, you can contact Amy Evans
Lead Officer for Corporate Parenting at Aberdeen City Council via amevans@aberdeencity.gov.uk or Rachel Keenan, Aberdeen’s Promise Delivery Partner via rachelk@thepromise.scot

Get in Touch

Promise Delivery Partners from the Promise Scotland Team have been established to facilitate and support change alongside organisations in and around the care system to support shifts in policy, practice, and culture so Scotland can #KeepThePromise.

Aberdeen City’s Promise Delivery Partner is:

Rachel Keenan

Promise Delivery Partner

rachelk@thepromise.scot

Amy Evans

Lead Officer for Corporate Parenting

Aberdeen City Council

amevans@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Gette Cobban

Senior Development Officer (The Promise) – ACVO TSI

georgette.cobban@acvo.org.uk

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