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Carers, young people, advocates and CELCIS have all shared their thoughts and experiences during this time. They discuss specific challenges faced by young people, families and/or their carers, considering many different issues that have been exposed and what the crisis has meant for those in need of care and protection.  

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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 in society.

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Children 'get animated' in lockdown

Nikki Hepburn, an art teacher at Harmeny Education Trust, a residential school providing care and education to children aged 5-14 who have experienced early years trauma, describes how an animation project created an innovative and accessible way for young people to tell their own stories.

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We can and must do more to provide food security for all

On World Food Day 2020, Paul Sullivan, Sector Engagement Lead at CELCIS, reflects on some of the existing food insecurities affecting families across Scotland and what the community-led responses during the public health emergency this year tell us.

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Ensuring there is choice in financial help

For Challenge Poverty Week 2020, this blog post from Mhairi Reid on behalf of the Life Changes Trust and their Advisory Group, takes a look at how the Young People with Care Experience Programme responded to the new challenge of COVID-19.

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Under the spotlight of COVID-19: Real change is possible

Claire Burns, Director of CELCIS (Acting), reflects on the six months of COVID-19, what we have learned, and a vision for the future.


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Reimagining the way we nurture and stay connected during COVID-19

Megan Pirie is Team Leader for Integrated Children and Family Services at Aberdeen City Council. Here she explains how the team made sure care leavers had the necessities to see them through lockdown.

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Digital access is a lifeline

Care experienced student of social care Chris Marshall explains why digital is an essential connection in life.


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An opportunity to connect with time

Elaine Hamilton is the Service Manager at Nether Johnstone House, a residential home in Renfrewshire. Here she describes how lockdown due to the current emergency health crisis has changed the thinking, outlooks, and actions of both the young people and the team that surround them.


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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 experience of the Children’s Hearings System in Scotland and want to help improve it. She works directly with 11 children and young people, 9 who are members of the board and 2 who are advisors for Our Hearings, Our Voice.

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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 COVID-19 pandemic on Children’s Hearings in Scotland and what this might mean for hearings in the future

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