The Promise Partnership

“The Promise Scotland is responsible for driving the work of change demanded by the findings of the Independent Care Review.” Learn more about The Promise Scotland.

The Promise Partnership offers funding and support to organisations and collaborations to #KeepThePromise and help drive forward change that matters to children, young people and families.

 

Getting it Right for Brothers and Sisters

The Promise Partnership – Getting it Right for Brothers and Sisters is now closed. Funding decisions – end October.

The Promise Partnership – Getting it Right for Brothers and Sisters is an investment of circa £500,000 from The Cattanach Trust, STV Children’s Appeal and the Scottish Government. This funding strand aims to offer investment that will help ensure we restore or maintain natural connections between children, young people and families.

The Promise Partnership is looking to support two or three collaborative approaches who need additional resource to help implement the legislation for brothers and sisters that ensures children and young people with care experience are able to restore or maintain loving, safe relationships.

Relationships between brothers and sisters will be cherished and protected across decision making and through the culture and values of the people who care for them.

– Promise Scotland Change Programme

Who is this for?

Applications are open to collaborations that are able to demonstrate how they are working towards:

Apply

Applications are now closed. 

Applications open: Friday 13th August 2021.

The closing date for applications is: 12 noon, Friday 10th September 2021.

A maximum investment of up to £200,000 per collaboration.

Organisations must first complete the ‘Staying Together & Connected Checklist’ (below) which will confirm whether you are eligible to apply.

Collaborations

Collaborations must focus on how their plan will contribute to brothers and sisters within the Change Programme, specifically:

  • Scotland will stop the practice of separating brothers and sisters, unless for reasons of safety.
  • Relationships between brothers and sisters will be cherished and protected across decision making and through the culture and values of the people who care for them.

Collaborations can be formed around a geographical area or one or more of a specific aspect that will support brother and sister relationships.

For example:

  • Creating holistic opportunities to maintain and restore brother and sister relationships.
  • Ensuring brothers and sisters are living together.
  • Recording and redacting information.
  • Providing nurturing spaces and time for natural connections.

 

The Promise Partnership Advisory Group (details below) is helping to shape the process and the Decision Makers Panel, bring a range of skills and as well as their own experience of the ‘care system.’

Apply

Applications are now closed.

Applications open: 13th August 2021.

The closing date for applications is: 12 noon, Friday 10th September 2021.

  1. Please read The Promise Partnership Getting it Right for Brothers and Sisters Criteria and Guidelines.
  2. Please complete the ‘Staying Together & Connected Checklist’ (below) to assess whether you are eligible to apply. If you are eligible, you will receive a link which will take you to a short, online application.

Applications can be received from the public/private/third sector organisations throughout the system from across Scotland in recognition of a whole system approach to working.

Proposal must be a collaboration willing to work together to deliver ambitious plans.

Collaborations must have one lead partner who is the responsible lead applicant. We can only accept one application per organisation.

Important Pointers - Getting it Right for Brothers and Sisters

What can be funded? This investment is focused on redesign development and implementation, and how we make significant changes to the way we deliver services. The investment is flexible but must be focused on the priorities detailed in the Staying together and Connected Guidance.

We expect the recipient to use funds to create the leadership capacity across the whole collaboration, including people you support, staff on the ground. This could include:

  • Backfill posts.
  • Salary costs.
  • External expertise (sense making of existing data/service redesign methodology).
  • Staff development/design days.
  • Testing ways of working.

It is not to support current service delivery (i.e., we can’t fund salary costs for staff who are delivering existing services).

We are also unable to accept applications that are from:

  • Individuals
  • Propositions delivering outside Scotland.
  • One organisation applying on behalf of another.
  • Private sector organisations (who will make a profit from this work)

What are the priority areas? The priority areas are detailed in the Staying together and Connected Guidance. The Promise Partnership is particularly interested in how collaborations will respond to:

  • Supporting what children, young people and families need.
  • Supporting workforce development, training, and support.
  • Supporting and managing placements.
  • Providing nurturing spaces and time for natural connections.

How do you form a collaboration? Collaborations must be formed of at least two other organisations (one being the lead applicant). Throughout the process and period of investment, it is recognised that ideas will evolve, and other partners may be identified.

The collaboration must work with children, young people and families and be representative from both the public and third sector. All partners that form a collaboration need to ensure that:

  • Their organisation has made a public commitment to #KeepThePromise.
  • Can demonstrate their commitment to listening and working with children, young people, and families.
  • Have the senior management commitment, staff willingness and organisation staying power to implementing service redesign.
  • Produce a Collaboration Agreement that outlines roles, dispute management and an equitable and proportionate distribution of actions and budget.

What is the role of the lead applicant? Collaborations must have one lead partner who is the responsible lead applicant. We can only accept one application per organisation.

Lead applicants will be the primary contact for The Promise Partnership. They will be responsible for the budget, allocation of monies to other partners and oversee project management and reporting.

Lead applicants can come from the public or third sector. For more information on the role of lead applicant read the guidance notes.

Organisations can only be a lead applicant in one proposal.

Is your organisation ready to apply? The ‘Staying Together & Connected Checklist’ (see ‘Apply’) is used to determine if your organisation is eligible to apply.

Consider the following and answer honestly if you can:

Work collectively

  • Commit to working with The Promise team, engaging in a package of support.
  • Willing to work collaboratively and think/work outside of organisation/local area.
  • Understand the current system, relationships, and awareness of theme/context, indicating what needs to shift.

Commit to Culture Change

  • Buy-in from senior management on the steps necessary to implement change.
  • Support everyone in your organisation and collaboration to be brave and honest and work supportively and appreciatively with others.
  • Commit to working deeply, meaningfully, and supportively with care experienced people, children, and families.

Commit to Design, Delivery and Rights

  • Care experienced children, young people and families are actively supported and enabled to meaningfully participate in systems and services design/redesign.

Alignment with The Promise and polices supportive of children, young people and families such as Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

How are funding decisions made? All applications will be presented to the Decision Makers Panel. The Decision Makers Panel, a group with lived experience of Scotland’s care system, are there to review all applications which are reviewed against an agreed set of funding principles.

The Funding Principles for the Promise Partnership have been shaped by an independent Advisory Group.

Lessons from the first funding round of the Promise Partnership are incorporated to help support the decision making process.

Corra staff provide support and guidance to both the Decision Makers Panel and Advisory Group.

What else is required from successful organisations? If you are successful through the Promise Partnership you will be expected to work with The Promise Scotland and Promise Partnership on service redesign and tell us about the changes that have happened for children, young people and families. This will be detailed in the terms and conditions of your investment.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful? Unsuccessful applicants will be informed, and feedback provided.

Promise Partnership Round One Open Call Route

The Open Call Route is now closed. Please find full list of awards below.

Approximately £3m of this investment was administered as a catalyst for change through an open call route. Funding of up to £50,000 was allocated to help organisations create capacity, adapt approaches and work towards cultural shifts and collaboration across the care system‘, reflecting what is important to care experienced children, young people and families.

Organisation, grant amount and Local Authority area:

Organisation Name  Grant Amount Total Local Authority
Aberdeen City Council £50,000 Aberdeen City
Aberdeenshire Council £50,000 Aberdeenshire
Aberlour £50,000 Scotland-wide
Action for Children £50,000 Scotland-wide
Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland £25,000 Scotland-wide
Adoption UK Charity £42,000 Scotland-wide
Argyll & Bute Council £50,000 Argyll & Bute
Articulate Cultural Trust £50,000 East Renfrewshire
Avenue Confidential £50,000 Aberdeen City
Barnardos £50,000 Scotland-wide
Children 1st £50,000 Scotland-wide
Children and Families Social Work Services, Dumfries and Galloway Council £50,000 Dumfries & Galloway
Church of Scotland Social Care Council (CrossReach) £50,000 Scotland-wide
Circle £20,000 Edinburgh City
Clackmannanshire Council £50,000 Clackmannanshire
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar £50,000 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
Community Law Advice Network £50,000 Scotland-wide
Community Volunteers Enabling Youth Project (COVEY) £50,000 South Lanarkshire
Cyrenians £50,000 Edinburgh City
Dean and Cauvin Young People’s Trust £40,000 Edinburgh City
East Ayrshire Council £50,000 East Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire Council £50,000 East Dunbartonshire
East Lothian Council £50,000 East Lothian
East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership £50,000 East Renfrewshire
Educating Through Care Scotland £50,000 Scotland-wide
Falkirk Children’s Commission £50,000 Falkirk
FCA Scotland £50,000 Scotland-wide
Foster Care Connect £41,000 Scotland-wide
Fostering People Scotland £30,000 Aberdeen City
Glenboig Development Trust £35,000 North Lanarkshire
Harmeny Education Trust Limited £50,000 Scotland-wide
Home-Start UK £50,000 Scotland-wide
HUB for SUCCESS £50,000 Edinburgh City
Includem £50,000 Glasgow City
Inspiring Scotland £40,000 Scotland-wide
Inverclyde HSCP £50,000 Inverclyde
JMT Fostering £25,000 Scotland-wide
Kibble Education and Care Centre £50,000 Renfrewshire
Moore House Group £20,000 Scotland-wide
Moray Council £50,000 Moray
North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership £50,000 North Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire Council £50,000 North Lanarkshire
Orkney Islands Council £50,000 Orkney Islands
ProjectChange £30,000 Edinburgh City
Quarriers £50,000 Scotland-wide
Renfrewshire Council £50,000 Renfrewshire
Resilience Learning Partnership £50,000 Clackmannanshire
Rossie £50,000 Angus
Safe Families £50,000 Edinburgh City
Scottish Adoption Association £25,000 Edinburgh City
Scottish Attachment in Action £15,000 Scotland-wide
Scottish Borders Council £50,000 Scottish Borders
Scottish Mentoring Network £30,000 Scotland-wide
SIC £50,000 Shetland Islands
South Ayrshire Council £50,000 South Ayrshire
St Margarets Children and Family Care Society £50,000 Glasgow City
Staf £50,000 Glasgow City
Stirling Council £50,000 Stirling
The Fostering Network in Scotland £50,000 Scotland-wide
The Good Shepherd Centre £50,000 Renfrewshire
Volunteering Matters £50,000 Edinburgh City
West Dunbartonshire HSCP £50,000 West Dunbartonshire
West Lothian £50,000 West Lothain
Who Cares? Scotland £50,000 Scotland-wide
YMCA Edinburgh SCIO £10,000 Edinburgh City
Young Scot £16,000 Scotland-wide
Ypeople £50,000 Scotland-wide

Promise Partnership Round One Diagnostic Route

Please find full list of awards below.

£915,000 was allocated to help drive forward big ideas that will #KeepThePromise and contribute to the Change Plan. This was an invite only application process – the process of identifying potential organisations for invitation took into account scalability, transferability, connectivity of ideas and having made a commitment to #KeepThePromise.

Organisation and grant amount:

Aberlour Scotland-wide

 

£175,000
Dundee City Council £200,000

 

Inverclyde HSCP £200,000

 

Fife Council £ 200,000

 

Shetland Islands Council £140,000

 

Advisory Group

The Promise Partnership Advisory Group has been integral to shaping this process. Thank you to those involved, including:

Nicky Campbell, Kibble

Lynn Gillies, Fife Council

Joanne Glennie, Ypeople

Carly Glover, Jersey Cares

Marie Clare Tully, Columba 1400

Vicky Wan, Children In Scotland

Alan Webb, Home-Start

Get in touch

If you’d like any further information or have any questions, please get in touch with us at promisepartnership@corra.scot.