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CELCIS’s response to conclusion of research study to inform children’s services reform in Scotland

13 December 2023
Today (13 December 2023) CELCIS has completed the Children Services Reform Research study, with the research team publishing its…
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Structural change alone will not improve support for children, young people, and families in Scotland

13 December 2023
A groundbreaking, comprehensive study undertaken over the last year by a team of independent researchers at CELCIS, the Centre f…
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Workforce views and experiences give new insight into children’s services in Scotland

15 November 2023
New research for the study to inform children’s services reform in Scotland has been published by CELCIS, the Centre for Excelle…
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Second phase of Bright Spots programme Scottish pilot now open

19 October 2023
Local authorities are being invited to take part in the second phase of the Bright Spots programme in Scotland to help better un…

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Resources

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.

Blog

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What does new research tell us it will take to keep The Promise?

Dr Heather Ottaway, CELCIS’s Head of Evidence and Innovation, and Principal Investigator of the Children’s Services Reform Research study considers what this…

February 2024
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"Nobody spoke those words to me”: Parental experiences of voluntary care arrangements in Scotland

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

November 2023
How lived experience of care is helping drive Scotland’s progress towards keeping The Promise

How lived experience of care is helping drive Scotland’s progress towards keeping The Promise

David Anderson is the Co-Chair of the Oversight Board, an independent group set up to report on the progress and pace in Scotland as it journeys towards keeping…

October 2023
A Face on a Wall: How embracing ‘Artivism’ can help young people find their voice

A Face on a Wall: How embracing ‘Artivism’ can help young people find their voice

In this blog post for Care Experienced Week, Michael Archibald, a student, artist and activist, discusses being involved in – and being the face of – one of…

October 2023
Exploring leadership opportunities for the care experienced community

Exploring leadership opportunities for the care experienced community

For this Care Experienced Week we took some time with Barry Black, member of the National Leadership Network (NLN) steering group, and Gary Brown, NLN…

October 2023
“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

“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