Who Cares? Scotland was established in 1978 and we operated on an entirely voluntary basis for the
next decade until 1988. During this time, ‘Supportive adults’, such as social workers, gave up their
time to enable Who Cares? Scotland to work with local groups of Care Experienced young people.
The advocacy work that the organisation currently does with individuals started in 1997.
Who Cares? Scotland now has Advocacy and Participation Workers in most of Scotland’s local authority areas. We
also have nationally focused training, policy and campaigns work to inform decision makers,
professionals and members of the public of the issues that Care Experienced people face.
Bringing Care Experienced people together locally and nationally has always been an important part of
our work. That is why our family membership programme was established. Anyone with any
experience of care, of any age, can become part of the membership. Our commitment is that we will
continue to support our members to get together, to campaign for change and to feel a sense of
In Autumn 2016, the First Minister announced her intention to establish an Independent Root and
Branch Review of the Care System in Scotland. Between then and the appointment of the Chair, Fiona
Duncan, Who Cares? Scotland worked with the Scottish Government to ensure that the Review
process was listening to Care Experienced voices from the off.
Who Cares? Scotland consulted widely with our members, supporters, funders and commissioners
throughout 2017 to determine what our strategic vision and approach to achieve this should be for
2018 – 2022. With confidence and conviction, our vision to secure a lifetime of equality, respect and
love for care experienced people was announced in October 2017.