About us

We are CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

We're dedicated to making positive and lasting improvements in the wellbeing of children and young people living in and on the edges of care, and their families, across the whole country, and the globe - children who, through no fault of their own, are not able to enjoy the same positive experiences and outcomes as many of their peers.

In our partnership work with carers, social workers, teachers, nurses, charities, the police, local authorities, the Scottish Government, we work to understand the issues, introduce the best possible practice and develop solutions. What's more, to achieve effective, enduring and positive change across the board, we take an innovative, evidence-based implementation approach.

And we do this by providing a unique package of services and working alongside our partners across the children's sector: 

We take great pride in the fact that we're blazing a trail as the only dedicated centre for looked after children in the world.

Find out more

CELCIS publications

Making a Difference 2016

Our report showcases and shouts about examples of our partnership work where we're making a difference to the lives of children and young people.


Children can easily become lost in the system, but a timeline can help you see them

Linda Davidson, Permanence Consultant at CELCIS, explains how a timeline can be a powerful tool in making child-centred decisions.

How will bairns fair in 2017?

Jennifer Davidson blogs about what 2016 has meant for the children’s sector and what the year ahead will bring.
Looked after childre - what do we mean?