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.  

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…

18 December 2020

Children 'get animated' in lockdown

Nikki Hepburn, Art teacher at Harmeny Education Trust, is a residential school providing care and education to children aged 5-14 who have experienced early…

24 November 2020

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…

16 October 2020

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…

11 October 2020

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

Claire Burns, Director of CELCIS (Acting), takes a moment to consider how much we have learned that we didn’t know before the COVID-19; how this emergency has…

05 October 2020

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

Food and other essential items are something that we have always had available for our young people in the Youth Team, Aberdeen but we were aware that when…

11 September 2020

Digital access is a lifeline

Care experienced student of social care Chris Marshall explains why digital is an essential connection in life. People don’t realise how hard it can be for a…

20 August 2020

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 has changed the thinking, outlooks,…

14 August 2020

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 experience of the Children’s Hearings…

29 July 2020

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…

08 June 2020