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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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Next Steps for The Promise

21 June 2024
The Promise Scotland has taken the next step towards realising the ambitions of The Promise for children, young people and famil…
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New Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) Official Statistics 2023/2024

20 June 2024
The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) has published (20 June) official statistics collected about the Children’…

New analysis shows disparity in statistics collected about disabled children in Scotland

08 May 2024
Different sources of information have for the first time been brought together in a new analysis by CELCIS, published today (8 M…
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Children's social work statistics for Scotland published 'Looked After Children'

30 April 2024
The Scottish Government has today (30 April) published the latest official annual Children's Social Work Statistics for Scotland…

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Children's Services Reform Research Concluding report

This concluding report, published in December 2023, brings together key themes and learning from across the study’s findings and determines that there are a range of elements which contribute to creating the optimal cond…

Children's Services Reform Research study: Scotland’s Children’s Services Landscape: The Views and Experiences of the Children’s Services Workforce

This final part of the Children’s Services Reform Research study explores the experiences of people working to support children, young people and families in communities across Scotland to help answer the question ‘What …

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.



Fostering love through relationships

In this blog post for Foster Carer Fortnight 2024, Seany, a lived experienced Consultant wanted to share some thoughts, from her experience of foster care, on…

May 2024

When data tells us the what but not the why

CELCIS’s Data Lead, Micky Anderson, takes a look at the latest social work statistics in Scotland for clues about what is happening in the support for children…

May 2024

“It’s about…believing our own words”: Bringing together the voices of care experienced people

Rebekah Pierre is a care experienced writer, author, social worker, and editor of a new anthology, ‘Free Loaves on Fridays: The Care System As Told By People…

May 2024

Learning more about Scotland’s Virtual Schools

For over five years, the role of Virtual School Head Teachers (VSHTs) in Scotland has been evolving and in 2024 is established as a key part of the support for…

May 2024

What story does Scotland's latest statistics on child protection tell?

In this blog post, Dr Alex McTier, Evidence and Evaluation Specialist at CELCIS, takes a closer look at Scotland’s Child Protection 2022-2023 Statistics to…

March 2024

Navigating social workers’ use of voluntary care arrangements for families in Scotland

In this second in a series of blog posts to highlight findings from research on voluntary care arrangements in Scotland, Dr Robert Porter, Research Lead at…

March 2024