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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.

New strategic plan to support social services
May 25th
Thousands of vulnerable Scots families don’t have equipment for online learning
May 24th
Vulnerable children 'suffer alone' in UK lockdown with schools shut
May 23rd
Coronavirus: Digital poverty 'a threat to children in care'
May 23rd
Teachers more concerned for child safety than academic attainment during COVID-19 lockdown
May 22nd
Life long damage inflicted on children by lockdown, reveals study seen by Sage advisers
May 22nd
Scotland's Children Bill: why the law needs to protect the rights of the child when parents separate
May 22nd
Social workers to work with teachers in schools
May 22nd
Covid-19 is tearing vulnerable families apart – the scars will last longer than the pandemic
May 22nd
Plea to teacher and health visitors to foster after domestic abuse spike
May 22nd


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.

Inform Briefing - Access to Care Records

We have produced a briefing for corporate parents about the rights of care experienced people to access their records, the importancce of records to understanding their family and identity, and the…

Beyond the Headlines: Homelessness and care experience

This is the second in a series of our Beyond the Headlines briefings aiming to provide further information and analysis on some commonly reported statistics relating to children and young people in…

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.

Tuesday 5 May

Caring for Vulnerable Children - Free online course

Book our free online course to explore the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable children.
Wednesday 10 June | Tuesday 9 June

SIRCC 2020 Conference: 'The extraordinary ordinary: the power of everyday care'

Annual conference for residential child care in Scotland


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…

Realising children’s rights to justice and care

Bairnshoose Policy and Practice Lead Anna O'Reilly reflects on how far we've come towards securing a Scottish Bairnshoose, an…

The Care Experienced Student Bursary – helping to change lives in East Renfrewshire

How the Care Experienced Bursary is making a difference in the lives of care experienced young people.