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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 funding for Scottish Attainment Challenge approach and supporting education recovery

24 November 2021
The Scottish Government has announced (23 November) £200 million of targeted funding as part of a redesigned approach to tacklin…

UNCRC implementation guidance published

19 November 2021
New introductory guidance on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) published.

CELCIS’s response to the Scottish Government’s National Care Service consultation

02 November 2021
CELCIS has submitted (today, 2 November) our response to the Scottish Government's consultation on their proposals for a Nationa…

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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 …


We all have a part to play in raising awareness of children’s rights: my experience at the 2021 UN Day of General Discussion

In this blog post, Tiegan, who is adopted and lives in England, discusses her experience at the 2021 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Day of General…

November 2021

Challenging the narrative of adoption: Who tells the story?

The narratives around adoption narratives are changing, led by the voices involved. This Adoption Week Scotland, we look at what the award-winning project…

November 2021

Language and understanding at ‘the chalkface’

This Adoption Week Scotland, Dr Leanne McIver, Research Associate at CELCIS, discusses how greater inclusiveness for adopted children in policy, guidance and…

November 2021