Christmas presents for children in care from the Hibernian Community Foundation

The Hibernian Community Foundation are working in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council to provide £1,000 worth of Christmas presents to children and young people in care.

Edinburgh has corporate parenting responsibly for around 1,350 children and young people who are looked after and around 900 young people who have left care and are eligible for Throughcare and Aftercare services.

The Foundation has contributed to ground breaking work in disability football, support for people moving into employment, educational tours for local schools and various activities to improve the health and fitness of male and female members of the Hibernian family. And the breadth and depth of our activity continues to grow.

Key to our approach is partnership with fans, volunteers, Hibernian Football Club and a wide range of organisations who share our hopes and aspirations. We know that by working together we can achieve much more – creating positive impact in our community and bringing a sense of achievement and enjoyment for all who are involved.

In the New Year the foundation will be taking forward a programme to support care leavers with opportunities in learning and employment.

Charlie Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Hibernian Community Foundation said

“We are really delighted to be working with the City of Edinburgh Council to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in care. The Foundation is committed to improving people’s lives and we are more than happy to make this Christmas donation.”

Councillor Cathy Fullerton, chair of the Corporate Parenting Group at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "I'm delighted that the Hibernian Community Foundation are donating £1000 worth of Christmas presents to looked after children in Edinburgh.

"Corporate parenting is not just a responsibility for us all, but an opportunity to turn around and improve the life chances and outcomes for each and every one of our looked after children in Edinburgh. We are ensuring that being in care a positive experience which gives young people the care, stability and safety which every child deserves.

"The Hibernian Community Foundation are keen to support Edinburgh's Corporate Parenting Plan and recent legislation has given us the opportunity to move this agenda forward and extend our partnership working to ensure continuous improvements for looked after children and care leavers."

Addiitonal information:

The publication of ‘Looked After Children & Young People: We Can And Must Do Better’ (Scottish Executive 2007) defined the term Corporate Parent, meaning the formal and local partnerships needed between all local authority departments and services, and associated agencies, who are responsible for working together to meet the needs and improve outcomes for looked after children and young people.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 contains significant provisions for looked after children and young people and those leaving care. Part 9 (Corporate Parenting) came into effective from April 2015. The Act places significant new duties on corporate parents; extends the list of publicly funded organisations who are corporate parents; and provides direction to make sure they are clear about their duties. It also extends the age care leavers can ask their local authority for help up until the age of 26. 

Looked After Children refers to children and young people who are either:

  • Living at home with birth parent(s) and/or other family members and who are subject to a supervision requirement made by a Children's hearing
  • Children who are accommodated away from home, whether living with foster carers, kinship carers, in a private fostering arrangement, in residential homes, residential schools or secure units.

Throughcare/Aftercare - Local authorities have a duty to prepare young people for ceasing to be looked after (throughcare) and to provide advice, guidance and assistance for young people over school age who have ceased to be looked after (aftercare).


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