Love InC Project


What do love and relationships mean for children and young people who have care experience?

Aberlour, Includem, The Care Inspectorate and CELCIS have received funding from The Life Changes Trust Workforce Development Initiative to develop a partnership project to explore this.

The quality and long-term impact of a young person’s care experience can be directly influenced by the relationships they have with the adults who care for and support them. This in turn impacts on the relationships they build, develop and sustain throughout their lives.

We believe that focusing on the relational aspects of children and young people’s care experience is key to creating a care system where children feel loved, and are given the opportunity to thrive and realise their potential.

The Love InC Project’s broad aim is to:

  • work collaboratively with partners and other key stakeholders and organisations
  • gather the views of children and young people on their experience of love and relationships within the care system
  • develop an approach which ensures love is an integral and fundamental aspect of any child or young person’s care experience.

At the core of this project are the voices and lived experiences of young people who have care experience, including those who have left care. They will:

  • be consulted and engaged with at every stage of the project
  • have the opportunity to co-create the research by being involved in gathering, analysing and evaluating data
  • have a key role in developing and disseminating the guidance to practitioners and other stakeholders
  • develop skills and experience that will benefit them when considering future training and employment.

The project is based in Fife and Aberdeen, but we will look to gather the views of children, young people, and adults with lived experience of the care system, from throughout Scotland.


Contact Details

Liz Mitchell
Aberlour Love Inc Project
West Bridge Mill
Bridge Street


07849 084420