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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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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issues official apology to people affected by historic adoption practices

22 March 2023
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has issued an official apology to women in Scotland who were forced to give up their babies for a…

Research published into the number of births to care experienced teenagers and women in Scotland

13 February 2023
The Why Not? Trust for Care Experienced Young People (a charity supported by Care Visions) commissioned CELCIS, the Centre for E…

Children’s Commissioner for England publishes report on the separation of children in care and their brothers and sisters

26 January 2023
Children’s Commissioner for England Rachel de Souza has today (26 January) published ‘Siblings in Care’, a new report investigat…

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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…

Continuing Care: An exploration of implementation

This research aims to identify and better understand what it is that enables and challenges the necessary improvements needed at national and local level to support children and young people to successfully transition to…

Virtual School Head Teachers in Scotland: Practice Case Studies

This report provides an insight into the role of Virtual School Head Teachers (VSHTs) and Care Experienced Teams (CETs) in Scotland through a diverse range of case studies. These provide examples of how VSHTs are using…


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

How developing a love of reading is helping support care experienced children and young people in Dumfries and Galloway

Alison Ferla is the Principal Teacher of the Care Experienced Education Team in Dumfries and Galloway, which focuses on improving the educational outcomes and…

March 2023

Our Hearings, Our Voice, Our Magazine

How young people came up with the idea to produce a magazine for all young people to read and help them understand what’s involved while waiting to go into…

February 2023

Authentic co-production – it’s the right thing to do!

Rosie Moore, Participation and Policy Advisor at CELCIS describes leading on a project that has participation at its core from the very beginning. Genuine…

February 2023

Developing a village to care for the child (and the family)

As a new report is published by The Why Not? Trust, their Director of Innovation Moira Greentree, discusses the value of finding out how many care experienced…

February 2023

A legacy: how personal stories are shaped

How legacy work helps children to document their lives: supporting a young person or child who has had to start again in creating their own legacy. Having…

January 2023