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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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