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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.

Nearly three in four child abuse survivors without support, study finds
August 13th
Adoption charities taking over Kinship carer service is ‘slap in the face’
August 12th
John Swinney: ‘I know that an apology is not enough’
August 12th
Care To Sail gives incredible round the world voyage chance with Nikki Henderson for care youngsters
August 11th
Police recorded 15 child offences every day last year as abuse crimes rise by 30 per cent
August 10th
High Court dismisses calls for children's social care exemptions to be scrapped
August 7th
Coronavirus in Scotland: School pupils protest over SQA exam results
August 7th
Rise in care children being 'deprived of liberty'
August 6th
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


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.
Monday 21 September

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 – An opportunity to connect with time

Elaine Hamilton, Service Manager at Nether Johnstone House describes how lockdown due to the current emergency health crisis …

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…