Supporting care experienced colleagues and clients
Colleagues from our Corporate Parenting champions group recently took part in the Love Rally held in Glasgow.
Organised by Who Cares? Scotland, the march from Glasgow Green to George Square highlighted the charity’s call for a lifetime of equality, respect and love for care experienced people across Scotland. The term ‘care experienced’ refers to anyone who is currently in or has been in care at some time in their lives.
Our champions group raise awareness of corporate parenting throughout Social Security Scotland and our colleagues Stephen and Usman joined the march with a brightly coloured banner expressing our support as Corporate Parents.
Stephen said: “It was great to be at the Love Rally which helps to raise awareness of the issues care experienced people face when leaving care or entering the workforce.
“I'm always keen to help in any way I can both as a Who Cares? Scotland Board Member and as a care experienced person myself. Historically we have been an under-represented group and it’s a great thing for Social Security Scotland to do. To be able to have our banner there means people saw us and they know we are making an effort to support care experienced people.”
As a Corporate Parent, we have a duty of care towards care experienced people and to provide them with the support they need to thrive in their professional and personal lives.
This support includes our colleagues and our clients – we are committed to removing the practical barriers that care experienced people face when using our services and ensuring they receive the information and any additional support they need.
Our colleagues undergo training to increase awareness of the issues care experienced people may face. We also provide care experienced young people with opportunities. This month we are hosting a work experience day with a group of care experienced Glasgow school pupils in our High Street office.