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We improve children’s lives by supporting people and organisations to drive long-lasting change in the services they need, and the practices used by people responsible for their care.

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New pilot report on holding in residential child care

12 September 2023
The University of Strathclyde has published ‘An Appreciative Inquiry into Holding in Residential Child Care: Pilot Report’ by Se…

Updated National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland

31 August 2023
The Scottish Government has published (31 August) an updated the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland.

New statistical analysis adds to research findings on children’s services reform for Scotland

31 August 2023
New research which explores whether there is an association between the type of integration of health and social care services a…

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Children's Services Reform Research study: Mapping Integration and Outcomes Across Scotland: A Statistical Analysis

For the third strand of the Children's Services Reform Research study, we have looked at whether there is an association between the approaches taken towards structural integration over the last decade in Scotland throug…

Children's Services Reform Research study: Case Studies of Transformational Reform Programmes

For the second strand of the Children's Service Reform Research study, we have developed six cases studies of a range of approaches to transformational reform programmes in different places.

Children Services Reform Research study: Rapid Evidence Review

This Rapid Evidence Review is the first strand of work within the Children’s Services Reform Research study. We gathered, analysed and synthesised evidence primarily from peer-reviewed research papers nationally and inte…

Your Right to Continuing Care

If you are a ‘looked after’ young person living with foster carers, kinship carers or you live in residential care this is important information for you. This information helps explain your rights and what you are entitl…


“Despite the cold weather, the Scottish people have given me one of the warmest welcomes in my life”: how supportive relationships help young refugees rebuild their lives in new places

During this Refugee Week and Refugee Festival Scotland 2023, Mohamad, a young person who arrived in Scotland from Syria in 2016 as a child reflects on why…

June 2023

Language matters

Amy Miskimmin-Logan, Participation Development Worker at Our Hearings Our Voice (OHOV) shares the thinking behind the ‘Language Leaders’ project which aims to…

June 2023

How Our Hearings Our Voice members worked around COVID-19 restrictions to help children and young people

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, this could have derailed plans children and young people from Our Hearings, Our Voice (OHOV) had been working on to provide…

May 2023

Data poses questions as well as answers, so what questions arise from Scotland's Child Protection 2021-2022 Statistics?

Dr Alex McTier, Evidence and Evaluation Specialist at CELCIS, takes a closer look at Scotland’s Child Protection 2021-2022 Statistics to uncover what the…

May 2023

The future of social work in times of change

Kathryn Lindsay is the Director of Children, Families and Justice Services and Chief Social Work Officer at Angus Council. In this blog post, she discusses how…

April 2023

World Social Work Day 2023: How social work teams in East Lothian have promoted staff wellbeing and development

On this World Social Work Day, Rogan Higginbottom, a senior workforce learning and development officer at East Lothian Council (ELC), shares how social work…

March 2023