Stand Up For Siblings has won the prestigious Herald Society Partnership Award. Fourteen representatives from the multi-agency partnership attended the award ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday evening.
Stand Up For Siblings joined 250 guests to celebrate the 12th annual Herald Society Awards, held in association with Wheatley Group, at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Organised by The Herald, the awards are supported by evh, Turcan Connell and YouthLink Scotland.
Dr Christine Jones, co-founder of Stand Up For Siblings, said: “What an honour. We are delighted to win the partnership award. We were up against some really tough competition, so congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted.
“This has been a fantastic year for Stand Up For Siblings. We celebrated the first anniversary of our launch in March with a very welcome announcement by the Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd MSP.
“The Minister announced that there were plans to make improvements to the law for brothers and sisters who are in the care system. The law is to be strengthened in relation to keeping brothers and sisters together when they are placed in local authority care when it is in their interest to do so.
“We hope that our partnership has made some positive strides, but we know there is so much more still to do to protect the rights and promote the wellbeing of siblings in Scotland. Thank you to everyone involved in Stand Up For Siblings, this award has been down to everyone in the partnership working together to make positive changes to legislation, policy and practices.”
Stand Up For Siblings is a collaboration between a number of child welfare, children’s rights and legal organisations and academics within Scotland. You can find out more on the website – www.standupforsiblings.co.uk