Nicola Sturgeon has admitted her flagship plan to help children in care in Scotland is at risk of failing to deliver effective change.

The ex-first minister told a BBC podcast that “vested interests” were pushing back against her reforms.

The scheme launched during her time in office, known as The Promise, was designed to improve the lives of care-experienced children and young people.

But she has raised concerns the programme is not meeting its aims.

Ms Sturgeon, now a backbench MSP, vowed to hold the Scottish government to account to ensure the plan is delivered properly.

The former FM, who stepped down in March last year, released an 80-step plan to improve the care system in 2022.

It included plans to end the placement of under-18s in custody in favour of “care-based alternatives”. It also said the approach would shift from “one of punishment to one of love and support”.

Other proposals, which were to be implemented by 2030, included a national allowance for foster and kinship carers as well as a redesign of the children’s hearings system and the governance of the care system.

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