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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.

Addressing the Attainment Gap in Schools
January 19th
Coronavirus: School closures extended until mid-February
January 19th
Prioritising teachers and other key workers in the children’s sector for Covid vaccination
January 19th
Helping vulnerable young people through COVID-19
January 18th
Government under pressure to adopt amendment protecting online child safety laws in US trade talks
January 18th
Nuns: There will be no new memorial for all the 400 lost children of Smyllum
January 17th
Sound of silence: Fees blamed for creating a middle class culture in Scots music lessons
January 17th
Excluded, a ‘young people-led’ documentary on school exclusions
January 17th
Covid-19: Rise in suspected child abuse cases after lockdown
January 16th
Smacking young children has long-lasting effects
January 14th


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…

Bridging the digital divide for care experienced young people in Scotland: If not now, when?

This report has been produced by CELCIS and the University of Edinburgh and investigates how Scotland’s care leavers have been affected by digital…

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.

Thursday 28 January

Participation Network Event 2021

Upholding children's rights and COVID-19: Participation during a pandemic
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.


If you think poverty doesn’t affect you, you are part of the problem

Claire Burns, Director (Acting), CELCIS – Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection discusses how COVID-19 has…

Children 'get animated' in lockdown

Nikki Hepburn, Art teacher at Harmeny Education Trust, is a residential school providing care and education to children aged …

The national Children’s Hearings advocacy service

The introduction of the advocacy service is an important additional support. It’s already the case that hearings must conside…