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SUFS Webinars – Recordings Now Available

SUFS Webinars – Recordings Now Available

Following our three webinars at the start of October, recordings are now available. Click on the links below to access. Brothers and sisters – our rights to be together, be heard and participate  Research into Practice  Implementing Policy and Practice Change Read the...

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Caring for Your Sibling

Caring for Your Sibling

We know there’s lots of people caring for their siblings. Stand Up For Siblings has created a new section on our website for sibling carers. The new section provides information about supports, including financial, practical and emotional supports. It also contains...

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Successful bids for Stand Up For Siblings partners

Successful bids for Stand Up For Siblings partners

A number of Stand Up For Siblings partners were recently successful in their bids to the Corra Foundation to help Keep The Promise. Adoption UK Scotland said they were delighted to have been awarded 12 months funding to develop workshops and support for adoptive...

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UNCRC – Supreme Court Judgement

UNCRC – Supreme Court Judgement

Stand Up For Siblings continues to support full implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) following the recent judgment by the Supreme Court. Everyone in the Stand Up For Siblings partnership is committed to protecting and...

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Free Webinars – Registration Now Open

Free Webinars – Registration Now Open

Want to know the latest on siblings rights? What’s happening in practice and policy? Then check out our series of free webinars running next month! There’s three virtual sessions running and delegates can register now. The first ‘Brothers and sisters – our rights to...

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New policy – keeping brothers and sisters together

New policy – keeping brothers and sisters together

Renfrewshire Council has produced a ground breaking new policy aimed at keeping brothers and sisters together. The local authority worked with Renfrewshire Champion’s Board to consult with young people and co-produce the policy ‘Keeping Brothers and Sisters Together’....

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Coming soon – webinars series

Coming soon – webinars series

Stand Up For Siblings is arranging a series of webinars later this year. Plans are being finalised, but they will take place during the week of Monday 4 October. Topics will include: rights and participation, research, practice and policy. One of the webinars will be...

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Farewell to SUFS Founder Chris

Farewell to SUFS Founder Chris

It’s a sad time for Stand Up For Siblings (SUFS) as we say farewell to our founder and inspiration – Dr Christine Jones. It is fitting that Chris’s last week with SUFS is the one in which the new laws to respect brothers and sisters’ rights to family life come into...

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Promise to Brothers and Sisters – Video Clip

Promise to Brothers and Sisters – Video Clip

Today, Monday 26 July, marks publication of the new National Practice Guidance - Staying Together and Connected: Getting it Right for Sisters and Brothers. To celebrate the occasion, STAR, Siblings Reunited have produced this short video on behalf of children and...

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Brothers and sisters – participation rights

Brothers and sisters – participation rights

From Monday 26 July 2021, the law is changing on what local authorities and Children’s Hearings have to do to support brothers and sisters. Clan Childlaw - a Stand Up For Siblings partner - has created a helpful guide to the changes on their website, covering: What...

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Mapping the relationship of children in care

Mapping the relationship of children in care

A pilot initiative is underway to map the relationships of siblings. The map is a visual aid to help social workers prepare reports for Children’s Hearings or to help panel members make more informed decisions in Hearings about siblings. The pilot has been launched in...

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STAR wins Pride of Scotland award

STAR wins Pride of Scotland award

Karen Morrison from STAR, Siblings Reunited, has won a Pride of Scotland award. Karen received the Special Recognition award for all her work with the Fife-based charity which reunites brothers and sisters and allows them to spend time together. The awards have been...

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Children (Scotland) Act Changes

Children (Scotland) Act Changes

Next week will see really important changes to the law come into force which are designed to respect brothers and sisters’ right to family life. The changes are the result of a long campaign to protect the brother and sister relationships of children with experience...

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UNCRC Response Submitted

UNCRC Response Submitted

Stand Up for Siblings has submitted a response to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion on "Children’s Rights and Alternative Care" which takes place from 16 - 17 September 2021. Read our submission here.

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Free to use slides

Free to use slides

Thanks to everyone for your interest in Stand Up For Siblings. We have received a number of enquiries for presentations or slides, so we have created a short powerpoint which gives you some background information on our work. If you have any questions or comments,...

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Students on SUFS research placements

Students on SUFS research placements

Angela and Margaret are students studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Social Services at the University of Strathclyde. They recently embarked on placement with the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) as part of their course, with the aim to...

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The Promise – commitment to siblings

The Promise – commitment to siblings

The Promise team has launched The Plan 2021-2024. This important document provides a road map for change over the next three years focusing attention on the issues of greatest importance to children, young people and their families such as being listened to,...

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STAR wishes SUFS happy birthday!

STAR wishes SUFS happy birthday!

Karen Morrison, found of Siblings Reunited (STAR) celebrates Stand Up For Siblings third anniversary… A massive happy third birthday to our team at SUFS! I could not be prouder of being a founding partner of a cause so close to our hearts here at Siblings Reunited...

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Siblings Reunited podcast

Siblings Reunited podcast

STAR, Siblings Reunited has featured in a new podcast. Karen Morrison from the Fife-based charity appears on the podcast ‘Down the Lane’. In the 12 minute broadcast she talks about the work of the project and the importance of keeping siblings together. You can tune...

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Making memories at Christmas

Making memories at Christmas

Brothers and sisters who are separated get the chance to celebrate Christmas together thanks to STAR, Siblings Reunited. Throughout December the Fife-based charity, throws open its doors for an almost daily festive celebration for brothers and sisters. Christmas Eve...

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Siblings Webinar Event marking Adoption Week

Siblings Webinar Event marking Adoption Week

A Siblings Webinar Event on Tuesday 17 November was one of the highlights of Adoption Week Scotland 2020 as it promoted one of the three main themes – Siblings. You can find out more here.  The focus of the event was to talk about the importance of keeping siblings...

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More care and less system

More care and less system

Janine Fraser, Independent Reviewing Officer at Glasgow HSCP writes for the Stand Up For Siblings website about the new team and their role… A new Independent Care and Review Team in Glasgow HSCP was launched this September and I am privileged to be one of the 4 new...

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Siblings separated through adoption

Siblings separated through adoption

  Sue Austin writes for the Stand Up For Siblings website about her PhD research at the University of Bristol. Her research will explore the experiences of siblings who become separated through adoption from local authority care in the UK. This study explores the...

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Impact of COVID-19 on STAR

Impact of COVID-19 on STAR

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that one critical project which brings siblings together, has had to close. STAR, Siblings Reunited, has had to temporarily close its doors during lockdown. Although restrictions are easing, the Fife-based charity is still waiting to...

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Sibling rights and the law

Sibling rights and the law

Stand Up for Siblings are delighted that the law in Scotland was recently changed to specifically protect and support the siblings relationships of children in care, and also siblings experiencing court proceedings following family breakdown. These changes follow a...

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Coming soon – Adoption Week

Coming soon – Adoption Week

Stand Up for Siblings is proud to support Adoption Week which will take place from 16 to 20 November.  Adoption Week celebrates adoption in Scotland and one of the themes of this year’s campaign is sibling relationships. Adoption Week is funded by the Scottish...

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Supreme Court judgment

Supreme Court judgment

The Supreme Court today handed down its judgment in two cases involving the rights of brothers and sisters in Children’s Hearings. The Court ruled that following adaptations to Children’s Hearings, such as direction to Reporters and guidance for Panel Members, the...

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Research into virtual Children’s Hearings

Research into virtual Children’s Hearings

Stand Up For Siblings is encouraging as many people as possible to complete a survey on experiences of Children’s Hearings during lockdown. A research team based at the University of Strathclyde is gathering the views and experiences of people participating in...

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SUFS welcomes appointment of oversight Chair

SUFS welcomes appointment of oversight Chair

Yesterday, in a response to a question in the Scottish Parliament on the progress made implementing the conclusions of the Independent Care Review, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that Fiona Duncan has been appointed to Chair the independent oversight...

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National Siblings Day

National Siblings Day

Recently we were reminded on social media that from time to time everyone, no matter what their status or role, needs the support of their brothers and sisters.  This came as the First Minister’s sister came to her defence in response to online criticisms. At times of...

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SUFS marks second anniversary

SUFS marks second anniversary

It’s hard to believe it is two years since Stand Up For Siblings was launched in March 2018. We had just recovered from ‘Beast from the East’ when partners from across public, private and the third sector came together for our launch at the University of Strathclyde....

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Court judgments in England on siblings

Court judgments in England on siblings

While in Scotland written court judgments relating to siblings remain rare (the exceptions being the current cases ABC and XY which the Supreme Court will decide appeals on imminently), there are a number of written English judgments which we have been interested to...

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Parliamentary debate on sibling contact

Parliamentary debate on sibling contact

Visitors to the Stand Up For Siblings website might be interested to watch a parliamentary debate in the House of Commons on sibling contact. The debate on Wednesday 4th March 2020, was led by Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck MP, who is calling for a change to the law in England...

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Care Review – Stand Up For Siblings responds

Care Review – Stand Up For Siblings responds

The series of reports released today (Wednesday 5 February) clearly sets out the direction of travel required to transform the care system into one which places lived-experience, family and relationships at its heart. Anyone reading the reports will be under no...

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Seven Steps to Sibling Relationships

Seven Steps to Sibling Relationships

Stand Up For Siblings has re-worked our ‘Seven Steps to Sibling Relationships’. These more detailed Seven Steps aim to provide a road map to all those of you who share our ambition and determination to stop sibling estrangement when children become involved with the...

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Giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament

Giving evidence at the Scottish Parliament

On Tuesday 21 January, SUFS partners Who Cares? Scotland (WC?S) and CELCIS gave evidence the Justice Committee on the Children (Scotland) Bill, speaking to the provisions in the Bill and the Family Justice Modernisation Strategy in relation to sibling relationships....

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Theighan and Sophia story of separation

Theighan and Sophia story of separation

If you tuned into the Radio 4 File on 4 programme on sibling separation, you would have heard Theighan's story. You can still tune into the programme here. In addition, Theighan has written a blog for the Who Cares? Scotland website about being separated from her...

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Radio programme on Separated Siblings

Radio programme on Separated Siblings

BBC Radio 4’s ‘File on 4’ has recorded a programme on Separated Siblings to be broadcast this evening, Tuesday 14 January, at 8pm. The programme will highlight the magnitude of the issue of sibling separation across the UK and share first-hand experiences of care...

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SUFS presents at Welsh adoption lecture

SUFS presents at Welsh adoption lecture

  Stand Up For Siblings presented to an audience in Wales yesterday on adoption and siblings in care. Representing the partnership, Dr Gillian Henderson from SCRA presented on 'The permanence of adoption in Scotland and siblings in care' at the annual ExChange...

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A Festive Message from Stand Up For Siblings

A Festive Message from Stand Up For Siblings

The Stand Up For Siblings partners would like to offer best wishes in this festive season to all of our allies in the fight to protect the rights of brothers and sisters involved with the care system. We would also like to express our gratitude for your support...

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Stand Up For Siblings award success

Stand Up For Siblings award success

Stand Up For Siblings has won the prestigious Herald Society Partnership Award. Fourteen representatives from the multi-agency partnership attended the award ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday evening. Stand Up For Siblings joined 250 guests to celebrate the 12th annual...

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SUFS shortlisted for award

SUFS shortlisted for award

Stand Up for Siblings is delighted to be shortlisted for the Herald Society Awards 2019. The movement is a finalist in the Partnership category. The award ceremony takes place on Wednesday, November 6 2019 in Glasgow. Dr Chris Jones who co-ordinates SUFS said: “It is...

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Kinship Care report

Kinship Care report

A new report has been published by the Family Rights Group on Kinship Care. In it, they report that around 70% of the kinship children included in their study have a sibling or half sibling who is not living with them. Around a third of these are placed elsewhere in...

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Call for views on Children (Scotland) Bill

Call for views on Children (Scotland) Bill

The Justice Committee has launched a call for views on the Children (Scotland) Bill. Stand Up For Siblings will be making a submission. You can find out more here. The deadline for submissions is Friday 15 November 2019. In the meantime, Stand Up For Siblings has...

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Beyond Together or Apart

Beyond Together or Apart

Booking is now open for a seminar 'Beyond Together or Apart - making plans for siblings in care’. The seminar, organised by the Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland, will take place on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at the Jurys Inn, Glasgow.The seminar will give...

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STAR celebrates

STAR celebrates

STAR is the only specialist service in Scotland offering support with contact for brothers and sisters in care. Today it celebrates its sixth birthday. Stand Up For Siblings are proud to have STAR as a partner organisation and would like to wish everyone at STAR much...

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Ministerial announcement – update

Ministerial announcement – update

Further to the announcement made by the Minister for Children and Young People on the first anniversary for Stand Up For Siblings, more information has become available. The Minister responded to a Parliamentary Question from MSP Kezia Dugdale. You can see the...

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Response to Ministerial announcement

Response to Ministerial announcement

Stand Up For Siblings has welcomed the announcement made by the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP, today.Earlier today the Minister announced that there are plans to make improvements to the law for brothers and sisters who are in the care system....

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Resources for Professionals

Resources for Professionals

A number of new resources have been added to the Professionals section of our website, under 'Further reading and resources'. Click here to read the latest publications. If you have any items you would like added to this section, then please get in touch. You can...

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Research seminar – Siblings, contact and the law

Research seminar – Siblings, contact and the law

On Friday 25 January, Stand Up For Siblings was pleased to welcome to Scotland Professor Daniel Monk and Dr Jan Macvarish to present their recently completed research ‘Siblings, contact and the law’. A summary of the research is available here. The slides from the...

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Sibling relationships in East Ayrshire

Sibling relationships in East Ayrshire

In this blog for Stand Up For Siblings Sharon Laing from the Adoption and Fostering Service in East Ayrshire Council talks about the attention paid to sibling relationships within their service and provides some real examples of how this works in practice…East...

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Digital REACH publication from CELCIS

Digital REACH publication from CELCIS

CELCIS has been focussing on evidence into practice with its digital publication, REACH. Each day new articles, blog posts, podcasts and film interviews have been telling the stories of projects that are happening right now across Scotland to improve outcomes for...

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Response to the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

Response to the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

Stand Up For Siblings has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Review of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and creation of a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy. You can review the response here. If you have any questions about the...

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New research report

New research report

CELCIS (Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children) and SCRA, both partners in the Stand Up for Siblings movement, have worked together to produce a new research report. The report ‘Contact Decisions in the Children’s Hearings System’ is available to read here....

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Stand Up For Siblings – launch event discussions

Stand Up For Siblings – launch event discussions

  Thank you to all of you who participated in Stand Up For Siblings Event in March and also to those who could not attend, but have shown an interest. We are impressed by the immediate impact that the event is having on social work practice. Professionals have...

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One young person reflects on Stand Up For Siblings

One young person reflects on Stand Up For Siblings

Amy Davidson, a young champion with The Fostering Network, reflects on her experience of speaking at the recent Stand Up For Sibling conference… “Being asked to speak about my experiences in the care system has given me a platform to make change. Most importantly the...

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1000 Voices new film

1000 Voices new film

Fiona Duncan, chair of the Independent Care Review has pledged that the Care Review will work with Stand Up For Siblings to understand how to make life better for brothers and sisters in care across Scotland. 1000 Voices (commissioned by the Care Review and delivered...

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Sibling contact workshops

Sibling contact workshops

Clan Childlaw and Siblings Reunited (STAR) have come together to launch a series of workshops to help facilitate sibling contact. The workshops are free and are taking place across Scotland from spring 2018 onwards. The first session has already taken place in...

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First Minister backs Stand Up For Siblings

First Minister backs Stand Up For Siblings

  Stand Up For Siblings has received the support of the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. At the launch event on Friday 9 March, in a pre-recorded message, the First Minister said: “One issue that’s been raised time and time again is the relationship between young...

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Keeping Brothers and Sisters Together

Keeping Brothers and Sisters Together

David Faith, Policy and Learning Coordinator, Who Cares? Scotland writes about the importance of keeping brothers and sisters together… “The issue of sibling separation and contact is perhaps the key issue for understanding why, and to what extent, the care system in...

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Partners to pledge their support

Partners to pledge their support

A multi-agency event will take place on Friday 9 March 2018 to formally launch Stand Up for Siblings. Stand Up For Siblings is a collaboration between a number of child welfare, children’s rights and legal organisations and academics within Scotland including Who...

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Welcome to Stand Up for Siblings

Welcome to Stand Up for Siblings

Welcome to our new online resource - Stand Up For Siblings! The site has been created for anyone with an interest in sibling relationships of looked-after and care experienced children and young people. We have brought together our expertise (legal, policy, practice,...

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Chloe and Danielle’s Story

Chloe and Danielle’s Story

Two Scottish sisters, Chloe, age 18, and Danielle, 17, generously and bravely have agreed to share their experiences of sibling separation and contact. Thanks to both of them for sharing their story. Watch the video below.

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Unbreakable Bonds

Unbreakable Bonds

  Helen Sharon Johnston – pictured centre with her sisters - writes for Stand Up For Siblings about her experiences… As a child growing up I didn’t like my brothers and sisters, we fought all the time, and very rarely got along. If you’d asked my parents they’d tell...

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