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CELCIS is a leading improvement and innovation centre in Scotland.

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.

The home for Protecting Children

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Find out more about child protection policy and practice in Scotland.

Early-years workers quit 'underpaid and undervalued' jobs
August 5th
Demands for SQA to explain moderation as downgraded pupils will not be able to resit exams
August 4th
Heads of special schools have embraced the challenge of extreme change – Martyn Cosh
August 4th
Three quarters of Scotland's disadvantaged children unable to do any lockdown school work
July 29th
John Swinney tells parents 'we should be confident' schools will re-open on August 11
July 28th
Over £4m paid out to child abuse survivors
July 28th
Close digital divide for care leavers
July 23rd
Why nursery schools are a secret weapon in the fight against inequality
July 22nd
Teachers could be tested as failure to 'effectively suppress' virus could halt schools re-opening
July 21st
Call for more teachers to support education recovery
July 21st


Experiences of virtual Children’s Hearings captured in new consultation

The findings of a new rapid consultation published today (3 August) have identified key areas of focus for further strengthening the experience of virtual Children’s Hearings in Scotland. Those…

Call to close the digital divide for care leavers

New rapid research published today (22 July) by CELCIS, has revealed that COVID-19 has further deepened the impact of digital exclusion for Scotland’s care leavers.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Information Point for Children's Care and Protection

Key COVID-19 coronavirus-related information, official guidance and advice for supporting the care and protection of children and young people in Scotland.

Training and events

We support ongoing learning and the exchange of knowledge and good practice through a wide range of training packages, and an excellent programme of seminars, conferences and events.

Monday 3 August

Caring for Vulnerable Children - Free online course

Book our free online course to explore the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children.
Thursday 6 August

Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

Book our free online course to learn how to ensure that alternative care is a necessary, suitable and positive experience for children


COVID 19: When adapting our work, we all learn from listening to children and young people

Jacqui Dunbar is the Project Lead at Our Hearings, Our Voice, an independent board for children and young people who have exp…

Maintaining Momentum - upping the pace of change for Children’s Hearings in Scotland

Elaine Adams, Learning and Development Lead at Children’s Hearings Improvement Partnership, writes about the impact of the CO…

Listening to what families need and want is how we will all thrive

CELCIS's Claire Burns writes for Holyrood Magazine's latest special feature on Kirsty, the Holyrood Baby, who is now four yea…