New Team Member | Forces Children Scotland Appoint Carly Elliot as Deputy CEO & Policy Lead

Forces Children Scotland is delighted to announce it has appointed Carly Elliot as Deputy CEO and Policy Lead to help drive our ambitious plans forward to reach and support greater numbers of children and young people from Armed Forces and veteran families across Scotland.

Carly will join our team in August having spent the past nine years at Who Cares? Scotland as Director of Policy, who has passionately championed a lifetime of equality, respect and love working with care experienced people across Scotland.

Having completed many of the formalities, we caught up with Carly to get her thoughts on starting her exciting new role at Forces Children Scotland.

What inspired you to apply for this role with Forces Children Scotland?

“It’s clear that Forces Children Scotland value meaningful, creative participation of children and young people in both the work of the organisation and in influencing wider society. This is something I feel extremely passionate about and so I was eager not to let an opportunity to work for such an organisation pass me by.”

Have you previously worked with children and young people from serving, reservist or veteran families, or within the wider Armed Forces community?

“I have worked with some young people from Armed Forces families in the past but the vast majority of my experience comes from working with the care experienced community and with children in conflict with the law.

“Themes of identity, community and the experience of stigma run strongly throughout all of these communities and I feel passionate about creating space for young people to explore this and influence the change they want to see in their world.”

You will join Forces Children Scotland as it launches an ambitious, new three-year strategy. In what ways do you hope to amplify the voice of children and young people louder than ever before within our policy and influencing work?

“Forces Children Scotland’s new strategy arrives as Scotland progresses towards incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, bringing with it significant opportunity to realise the right to be heard for all children.

“This is an exciting time for children’s rights and I’m looking forward to bringing my experience of enabling participation to help implement this new strategy and ensure Armed Forces children are heard by those in power – locally, nationally and internationally.”

Laura Falconer, Chief Executive Officer for Forces Children Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Carly to Forces Children Scotland as our new Deputy CEO and Policy Lead. This key new role has been created to strengthen our policy and influencing work and help us achieve our new vision. Carly brings a wealth of experience in human rights law, policy and influencing which will prove vital in realising what we set out to achieve over the next three years.”

Would you like to learn more about Forces Children Scotland’s new strategy? Please email admin@forceschildrenscotland.org.uk for further information.