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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 Director of CELCIS appointed

25 January 2022
Claire Burns has been appointed as the new Director of CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection.

Recruiting: Director of CELCIS

10 December 2021
Following the announcement that Jennifer Davidson would be stepping down as Executive Director of CELCIS earlier in 2021, we are…

Progress report on Corporate Parenting in Scotland

10 December 2021
Scottish Ministers have published (9 December) ‘Caring for our children and young people: An update on Scotland's Corporate Pare…

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Joining the dots: Virtual School Head Teachers’ and Care Experience Teams’ Network - 2020-2021 Evaluation Report

This evaluation report brings together the findings of semi-structured interviews carried out in July/August 2021 with members of Scotland’s Virtual School Head Teachers’ Network.

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021

The Scottish Government published new National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021. Replacing the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, last published in 2014, this revised guidance describes the…

Staying Together and Connected: Getting it Right for Sisters and Brothers National Practice Guidance

This National Practice Guidance for Scotland is designed to contribute to the effective implementation of new legislative changes introduced under the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 to uphold the rights and meet the needs …


The link between poverty, stigma, and the care ‘system’

Tiegan Boyens uses her experiences, views and knowledge to help improve the lives of children and young people, tackle social justice issues, and raise…

January 2022

Money matters, so why do we make it so hard to get financial support?

As families continue to struggle financially this winter, CELCIS's Director (Acting) Claire Burns looks at how financial support can get to people who need it…

December 2021

Leaving narratives unchallenged can only lead to injustice

Reflecting on the impact of the media, and how it is used, in shaping public attitudes to care experience.

November 2021