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Council / SIC to receive funding for young people who have been in care

SHETLAND Islands Council is to receive £24,000 this year in funding to put towards support for care experienced young people.

Care experienced young people from birth up to the age of 26 are eligible for the support.

The funding comes from the national Care Experienced Children and Young People scheme, which launched in 2018.

To help mitigate the impact of Covid-19, local authorities will have flexibility to redirect some of this funding from existing plans to best support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families.

Highland and Islands list MSP Maree Todd, who is the minister for children and young people, said: “The SNP is determined to give all young people the best start in life.

“The challenges posed by this pandemic mean that the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the attainment gap are now more important than ever.

“That’s why I’m delighted to hear that Shetland Islands Council will receive this funding boost to help break down the barriers faced by care experienced young people living in Shetland.

“Last year the fund was used to support a host of projects – from outdoor learning schemes, to providing looked after children with laptops to study from home.

“I look forward to seeing how the council will put this money to good use, and offer some of our most disadvantaged pupils the support they deserve.”