Scotland’s First Minister has announced a reform of the Scottish care system that is currently failing the children who rely on it for support.

At an SNP conference held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on Saturday, Nicola Sturgeon announced that the reform will, “look at the underbearing legislation practices, culture and ethos, and it will be driven by those who have the experience of care”.

Sturgeon appeared to be overcome by emotion as her statement was met by applause from the audience, many of which raised red, heart-shaped cards above their heads in support.

Sturgeon said: “The young people who speak to me make a simple but very powerful point: they say the system feels like it is designed only to stop things happening.”

“And, of course, it must have a safe guard and protections but children don’t need a system that just stops things happening to them. We need one that makes things happen for them.”

Although much of the detail is yet to be disclosed, in a report for Third Force News Paul Cardwell stated that Sturgeon will be trying to “create a system that supports the more than 15,000 looked after young people in Scotland” as opposed to hindering their achievements.

The reform has come in the light of the recent STV documentary ‘Who Cares’ which Sturgeon appeared in.

The documentary, which aired in September, focused on four, care-experienced youngsters discussing their journeys through the care system, highlighting through their unique involvements what needs to change in order to help some of Scotland’s more vulnerable youngsters.

The Centre for Excellence for Looked-After Children in Scotland (CELCIS), who contributed knowledge and insight into the care system in Scotland for the purpose of the documentary, released a statement ahead of its broadcast. In it, they revealed that “80% of children are in the care system due to abuse or neglect.”

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