Dare to believe! Driving Vision to Practice

Hosted by The Why Not? Trust for Care Experienced Young People and Scottish Attachment in Action at the Westerwood Hotel on the 3rd of September 2019.

How do we as organisations and individuals work with people who have experienced trauma?

What is our vision of best practice, and how do we make our vision a reality?

How do we move from dreaming to doing?

Working with young people in care, these are the questions we all ask ourselves. Dare to believe! will offer the opportunity to listen, learn, reflect and plan for better practice that will make a difference.

On the day, Dr Sandra Bloom will share with us her new PRESENCE model and Karyn McCluskey will focus on personal leadership, driving good practice and embedding change in the Scottish context.

Our keynote speakers:

Dr Sandra L. Bloom

Dr Sandra L. Bloom

Karyn McCluskey

Karyn McCluskey

Dr Sandra L. Bloom is a psychiatrist, who is currently Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University.

Dr Bloom was a Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. She is recognised nationally and internationally as the founder of the Sanctuary Model now used by over 350 social service, juvenile justice and mental health organisations.

She is also Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and author or co-author of a series of books on trauma-informed care. She is currently co-chairing a new national organization, CTIPP – The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice whose goal is to advocate for public policies and programs at the local and national levels that incorporate up-to-date scientific findings regarding the relationship between trauma across the lifespan and many social and health problems (http://ctipp.org). Since 2012, Dr Bloom has also served as Co-chair for the Philadelphia ACEs Task Force. (http://www.philadelphiaaces.org/)

Karyn McCluskey currently leads the Community Justice Scotland team and has overall responsibility for raising awareness of the value that community justice brings to individuals and communities. She aims to provide leadership in a highly complex sector that covers multiple professional and organisational operating environments.

Karyn’s background includes 21 years working with the police and she was a key figure in establishing the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in 2005. She is a member of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance and helped set up the Medics Against Violence charity in Scotland, which speaks to school children about violence reduction, injury and keeping safe.

She has also previously developed a plan, for the Metropolitan Police, to tackle violence and has published work on Armed Robbery teams, Alcohol and Violence Interventions in a clinical setting and Violence Reduction. 

We’ll also be making further announcements over the coming weeks with more information about what the day will entail. We can’t wait!

The Why Not? Trust for Care Experienced Young People is a new charity, set up to support long term connections and relationships between young people with care experience and people who matter to them. As well as individual connections, Why Not? Is supporting young people, including young parents, with care experience to develop their own community networks. 

Scottish Attachment In Action aims to make sure that everyone understands the fundamental importance of attachment relationships throughout life by:

  • Providing training and consultancy in attachment and trauma to practitioners, parents and carers
  • Providing information through social media, conferences, events, newsletters and educational resource

Care Visions is the largest Residential children's services provider in Scotland and a leading independent provider of Fostering in ScotlandWe believe that every child has the right to heal and recover from trauma and grow to achieve their full potential. Our foster families and therapeutic residential environments can help young people rediscover their childhood and achieve more than they thought possible.

You can book your place on Eventbrite here. 



We are aware of the feelings and experiences of others. We care through relationships based on empathy, warmth and affection to restore and maintain trust and hope.


We live by our values and our actions demonstrate our commitment to them. We nurture potential and challenge appropriately.


We value others and will act in a way that communicates this. We recognise our differences and celebrate them. We listen to and care for each other.


We aim to protect people from harm. We recognise the impact trauma has and that sustained therapeutic relationships can have a positive impact. Our work is trauma-informed and based on attachment theory.