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Aberdeenshire MSP Gillian Martin backs £500million pledge for care experienced children and young people


By Kirsty Brown

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The Scottish Government has announced a £500million fund to help support families stay together and overcome challenges before they reach crisis point.

The move was announced in the latest Programme for Government and will help support families to stay together.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has backed the funding which aims to significantly reduce the number of children and young people in care by 2030.

The funding will provide support on a number of issues including child and adolescent mental health, child poverty, alcohol and drugs misuse and educational attainment.

It comes after the Scottish Government made a commitment to thousands of care experienced children and adults to Keep The Promise.

This included ‘where children are safe in their families and feel loved they must stay – and families must be given support together to nurture that love and overcome the difficulties which get in the way’.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said: “Care experienced children and young adults need supported as much as possible and it is only right we create a system which represents not just a ‘system’ but also compassion, love and support.

“This is a welcome step from the Scottish Government to improve the lives of families as a whole allowing them to stay together where possible.

“By focusing on prevention, it will enable the building of universal, holistic support services, available across the north-east and Scotland as a whole.”

MSP Gillian Martin
MSP Gillian Martin

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