About our initiative
Stand Up For Siblings is a collaboration between a number of child welfare, children’s rights and legal organisations and academics within Scotland.
Why it’s important
We know that children who face adversity greatly value their relationships with siblings. Yet often these relationships become disrupted when, for example, children become looked after or the courts intervene in parenting.
We believe that more can be done to protect the rights and promote the wellbeing of siblings in such circumstances and are working together to influence the law, policy and practice.
following changes …
We are calling for the
SEVEN KEY STEPS TO
children and young people.
1. Be led by care experienced
relating to siblings
2. Strengthen the law
3. Plan public spending
with sibling relationships
siblings relationships through
4. Protect and promote
5. Build expertise amongst
those working directly with siblings.
6. Recruit and retain carers
who understand and value
7. Promote transparent and sensitive
To find out who is involved meet our members.
Around 40% of children in adoptive or permanent fostering families in Scotland are living apart from all of their birth siblings.
Around 70% of children in adoptive or permanent fostering families in Scotland are separated from at least one of their birth siblings.
Where sibling contact is in place, this tends to become less frequent over time.
International research suggests that it is common for siblings not to be comprehensively recorded in children’s files.