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About us

We are CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection, based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

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.

In our partnership work with carers, social workers, teachers, health workers, local authorities, charities, the police, local authorities, and the Scottish Government and other corporate parents, we work to understand the issues, opportunities and challenges to identify improvement in practice and develop solutions. To achieve effective, enduring and positive changes, we take an innovative, evidence-based implementation approach. We are committed to realising The Promise of Scotland’s Independent Care Review and sharing learning locally, nationally and internationally.

We play a critical role in influencing and implementing legislation and policy. With data driven evidence and experience from children, young people and adults with experience of care, carers and the many different practitioners and organisations working to support children and families, we help to inform, develop and support the kind of practice that will improve the lives of children, young people and their families. 

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CELCIS publications

Building Brighter Futures - CELCIS Strategy 2019-2024

We've published our new strategy, Building Brighter Futures, setting out our direction and purpose over the next five years. Our vision is one where "…


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 exacerbated inequalities…