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Keeping siblings together is part of our commitment to supporting children in care to flourish; being close to family members is crucial for every child’s happiness, development, and sense of identity.
This is one of the many ways in which we keep the promise set by the Scottish government to ensure that children and young people in care are ‘loved, safe, and respected and realise their full potential’.
S. and J. are an example of two siblings with a wonderful bond, who recently became part of our family, where they are now developing and growing together. Their social worker provided some incredible feedback, and we are delighted to share it here.
“Moving to Pebbles was a huge step for S. and J., which implied separation from their family and friend network, education settings, and leaving their local area.
However, an introductory visit was completed by the managers to meet the siblings before the move; this enabled them to learn about the team and see photographs of their future home. A welcome/introduction letter from the care team was also arranged.
The warm and welcoming Pebbles’ approach has undoubtedly supported the siblings to settle into the new environment. The home has a lovely ‘warm’ and ‘homely’ feel and it was the little touches i.e., the bedrooms’ decoration, toiletries etc., that did not go unnoticed by S., J. and myself.
S. and J. have been supported to quickly access local activities that help them build friendship networks too, something that for S. was really important.
Pebbles have also helped them to maintain contact with their family, bringing them to their area of origin and supervising contacts as required.”
I would like to say a massive thank you to all the team at Pebbles for supporting them to settle in and continue to progress. S. and J.’s past experiences, as well as having to move away from family and friends, have strongly impacted them, and building trustworthy relationships with the care team has enabled them to be open about their wishes, feelings, and views.
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