The latest session of the Community of Practice for siblings focused on the work ongoing in West Dunbartonshire.
More than 65 practitioners from across Scotland came together for the online event on Thursday 1 February.
This was the second online session following the first webinar in October and a face to face event in June and December 2023.
Ailsa Dinwoodie, The Promise Lead Officer at West Dunbartonshire Council presented findings of a survey of brothers and sisters in care.
It has been a year since the local authority started on their journey and Ailsa highlighted the work that has been ongoing since then. You can read more about Ailsa’s presentation here.
At the virtual session, practitioners got the opportunity to consider a series of questions in break out rooms, including:
- What would this data tell you? Or not tell you?
- Does it resonate with your experience?
- What are/would your priorities for change be based on this data?
- How have/are you using data to shift outcomes for the siblings your organisation works with?
- How have you effectively won hearts and minds when trying to deliver change?
The event ended with a touching poem written by a young person read out by Karen Morrison from STAR (Siblings Reunited).
Speaking afterwards Tom Boyd from The Promise Scotland said: “What a great session and another significant step for the Community of Practice. I think there is now a sense of connection across Scotland and this is only going to grow in the year ahead.”
Kate Richardson, the Chair of Stand Up For Siblings added: “A massive thank you to everyone who helped organise the event and to all our practitioners who attended. Thank you to Ailsa and the team at West Dunbartonshire for sharing the amazing work they are doing. We look forward to hearing how this work develops.”
Dates for future events are available on the Community of Practice page.