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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. To see our journey so far …

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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. Read about our campaign to change legislation …

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following changes …

We are calling for the



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children and young people.

1. Be led by care experienced

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relating to siblings

2. Strengthen the law

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in mind.

3. Plan public spending

with sibling relationships

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siblings relationships through

4. Protect and promote

management systems.

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5. Build expertise amongst

those working directly with siblings.

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relational permanence.

6. Recruit and retain carers

who understand and value

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7. Promote transparent and sensitive

recording practices.

To find out who is involved meet our members.


Key Facts

We do not know how many children in care in Scotland have siblings also in care and how many are living apart from them.

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.

A Scotland wide partnership aimed at improving and changing legislation, policy and practice.

© 2024 Stand up for Siblings

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