The CELCIS magazine

Issue 8 | Autumn 2016

Focus on: a permanent home to flourish and thrive

A Passion for Permanence

Why permanence matters for looked after children, and why we must share our passion to improve.

A Children's Reporter reflects on the impact of PACE

North east double triumph at Herald Society Awards

Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire City Council and CELCIS win the Herald Society Young People’s Project of the Year Award for their work on the PACE programme.

Aberdeenshire half the size of reports they write for looked after children

Lynne Shuttleton on how Aberdeenshire Council reduced paperwork to cut delays in permanence.

Case study: Dumfries and Galloway Council's work with PACE

Dumfries and Galloway Council aims to make real changes in the prospects of looked after children with better data gathering.

Are you ready to pick up the PACE?

Getting ready to start on the PACE journey.

Peter talks about life as a kinship carer

Midlothian is ready for PACE

Scott McCallum of Midlothian Council discusses what they have put in place to get ready for the PACE programme.

Case Study: Sometimes the permanent placement is back home

Cathie O'Donnell of Renfrewshire Council describes the case of a child who was able to return home permanently.

Small changes reduce delay in permanence decisions by over 12 weeks

Aberdeen City Council, through the PACE programme, cuts 12 weeks off the time it takes to make permanence decisions for children in their care.

PACE is a real eye opener for Orkney Panel Member

Panel Member and PACE champion Calum Swanson explains the difference PACE is making in Orkney

Peer support is empowering social workers in East Renfrewshire

How social workers sharing ideas has been inspirational for their learning and practice.

Knowing what we need to know, when we need to know it

Diana Beveridge of Scottish Government explains why improving permanence by reading the data works.

Adoption: dispelling the myths and realising the reality

The rewards of adopting can far outweigh any barriers

What drift and delay really means for children

Lisa McKenzie from East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership talking about the improvements they made with the help of PACE

Contact with their past can give children a sense of belonging

Kinship care: a sense of belonging, a sense of security

Planning starts at a very early stage in East Renfrewshire

In East Renfrewshire Council, social workers have been working hard to tackle drift and delay in looked-after children in the pre-birth to three-year-old age group

Legal opinion: We can do our bit to cut down drift in permanence planning

Jennifer McKearney, of Aberdeenshire’s legal and governance department explains how PACE has cut drift and delay in their decision making

Getting the parents' point of view across

Paul McKee is an advocacy worker who helps parents to express their views when decisions are being made about their children.

Concurrency: Planning for all outcomes

What’s known as concurrency planning is beginning to be adopted in Scotland, and it's a potent means of achieving permanent, stable homes and futures for the youngest looked-after children.