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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.

Mother and baby homes report ‘reveals legacy of lifetime of trauma’
January 26th
While calls for help about child abuse increase, 600,000 vulnerable children remain invisible to the state
January 25th
Fears grow over hidden child abuse since start of pandemic
January 24th
Grooming gangs to be put under spotlight in new Home Office strategy to combat record levels of child abuse
January 22nd
Children’s social care review must address a decade of chronic underfunding
January 21st
Youth arts and creativity to be celebrated in virtual festival
January 21st
Home schooling is widening attainment gap between rich and poor, finds report
January 21st
Politicians must not be scared to take child poverty out of the ‘too difficult box’ and come up with a big, bold plan to fix it – Children’s Commissioner for England
January 21st
Facebook under pressure to resume scanning messages for child abuse in EU
January 20th
Addressing the Attainment Gap in Schools
January 19th


The digital divide| The impact on the rights of care leavers in Scotland

Findings from research carried out to understand care leavers’ experiences of digital exclusion before and during the COVID-19 restrictions in…

Continuing Care and the Welfare Assessment: Practice Note

This Practice Note clarifies the legislative requirements when undertaking a Welfare Assessment to support planning for a looked after young person to…

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…

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 15 February

Caring for Vulnerable Children - Free online course

Book our free online course to explore the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children.
Monday 15 February

Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children - Free Online Course

Caring for Children Moving Alone explores how to offer the best possible alternative care, protection and support to unaccompanied and…


More than a promise: the imperative to make change happen

Claire Burns, Director (Acting), CELCIS – Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, marks the first anniversa…

How Life Story Work can help care experienced children

In National Storytelling Week, Jennifer Bell, a social worker in a fostering team at North Ayrshire Council, with a special i…

Digital inclusion as a right leaves me hopeful

Olivia Khan is a Rural Business graduate who worked at the Champions Board in South Ayrshire before moving to Berlin. Olivia …