CELCIS Blog

Our blog is a hub for perspectives and analysis of issues that matter to the lives of children, young people and their families. You will hear from our staff and guest bloggers on many topical issues where they will be reflecting and sharing their policy, practice and research insights..

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Michelle McCue blogs about the 2015 SIRCC conference and its focus on how residential child care is changing.
Vicki Welch blogs on the good and bad of integrating services.
Attend, encourage and enjoy to learn - a blog by Graham Connelly
Jennifer Davidson blogs about her mission to change the world for the better.
Leaving care too early. Kenny McGhee blogs on the problems facing care leavers in Scotland.
In this blog Liz Brabender discusses how CELCIS tackles drift and delay in permanency.
A blog by Linda O'Neill discussing what children had to say in the recent Rees Centre report
Ainsley Hainey blogs about the success of the Massive Open Online Course on Caring for Vulnerable Children.
Lizzie Morton blogs on how Corporate Parents are taking ownership of their new duties.
Kenny McGhee reflects on the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant, six months after the launch.
Kenny McGhee talks about his research into implementing Staying Put for care leavers.
Linda O'Neill tells the story behind the recent education statistics.
Kenny McGhee responds to the recent STV 'Who Cares' programme by exploring the need for genuine and caring relationships and removing barriers for looked after children and young people.
Why permanence matters for looked after children, and why we must share our passion to improve.
Jennifer Davidson blogs about what 2016 has meant for the children’s sector and what the year ahead will bring.
We are now moving towards a professionalism that is defined by passion and commitment expressed through the transparent and responsible use of relationships.
Norma Brown of Falkirk Council describes their Moneywise project and the difference it's making to the lives of care leavers in the area.
We need access to data at both population and individual levels if we're to be successful in improving the attainment of looked after children.
What does relational based practice look like in reality, for a busy statutory team?
Dr Chrissie Gale, international lead for CELCIS, reflects on research which could help shape the drive for better alternative care for children in countries around the world.
Charlie Gracie tells of a new creative writing comp for looked after children
Course moderator Sarah Hume-Anthony gives a snapshot of the interactions on the CELCIS MOOC.
Dr Graham Connelly discusses the use of acronyms when talking about looked after children and children in care.
Active Implementation - what it is, what it is not, and how it could help bring about lasting change to children's services.
How the Student Support Review Group is trying to ensure care experienced students have a fair standard of living.
Introducing issue 12 of REACH, which explores stigma, language, perception and the representation of care and care experience.
Amanda Lawler explains why CELCIS really cares about training and learning.
Stephanie is a Modern Apprentice at CELCIS, and here she talks about landing her first ‘real’ job at only 16.
The importance for children in residential care to develop the ability to navigate friendships with each other.
The difficult issue of self-harm in residential care, exploring the experiences of young people and the support workers need to help.
Gordon Main talks about how commitment in the care system is not enough.
Jillian Ingram ponders how getting a train from A to B might just offer clues to how to meet children’s needs.
Gordon Main continues the conversation on commitment, discussing the emotional investment of foster carers.
Claire Burns introduces the evidence into practice theme of the new issue of our REACH publication.
This blog post explores the findings of a recent briefing from CELCIS about going to university from care.
Joe Rankin of the Nevis Group talks about whether young people should tell future employers that they're care experienced. With video of James Calder.
Dr Chrissie Gale, CELCIS international lead, argues that we need agencies to unite with one voice if we want to uphold children’s rights internationally.
To mark World Social Work Day, Janine Fraser, a Social Work Team Leader for Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership in North East Glasgow, reflects on her profession and the challenges it faces.
This article was first published by TES on the support teachers can offer unaccompanied and separated children.
Guest Joe Rankin of the Nevis Group discusses the need to stamp out stigma for those with care experience.
A version of this blog post was first published in The Times on 26 July 2019.
Ahead of the Global Implementation Conference, Scotland’s National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch CBE shares some thoughts on his implementation journey, Scotland’s increasing use of change methodologies, and why learning from others makes sense
Introducing a series of blog posts which will consider the use of physical restraint in residential child care from multiple perspectives.
Laura Steckley explains how people are coming together to consider how to apply what we know about both experience and theory to address the practice of restraint in residential care.
First published by Citizens Theatre, 30 January 2020.
How the Care Experienced Bursary is making a difference in the lives of care experienced young people.
Bairnshoose Policy and Practice Lead Anna O'Reilly reflects on how far we've come towards securing a Scottish Bairnshoose, and what must still be done to give children the rights they deserve.
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
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.
Elaine Hamilton, Service Manager at Nether Johnstone House 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.
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 COVID – 19 hit that we would need to be more creative about how we made sure food was available for young people in a safe and structured way.
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 thrown a spotlight on so much of what we already knew and what this means as we work to make change happen to realise The Promise.
Jo Cochrane is the Children’s Services Development and Assurance Team Manager at Dumfries and Galloway Council, since retired. Since 2018, CELCIS has been working alongside local public sector partnerships in Dumfries and Galloway, Falkirk, and East and Midlothian, to develop a Minimum Dataset for use across all 30 of Scotland’s Child Protection Committees.
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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Year: 2015
Topic: Foster care, Looked after at home, Residential care
Author: staff and guest bloggers

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On World Book Day UK, Kirsty Hill, Regional Director at the Dollywood Foundation UK, discusses why reading for pleasure is…
This World Book Day UK, Callen James Martin, a writer and Submissions Coordinator at The Good Literacy Agency, discusses why…
On World Book Day UK, Kirsty Capes, author of the upcoming novel, ‘Careless’, and marketer at HarperCollins, discusses how her…
Several local authorities in Scotland have chosen to allocate funding from the Care Experienced Children and Young People Fund…
This issue of The Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care includes perspectives on the role of informal networks in young…
This document has been produced by the Virtual School and Care Experienced Team National Network with the intention of providing…
A phone survey was carried out by the CELCIS Education Team in October 2020 with the members of the Virtual School Head Teacher…

Book reviews

Who Cares? Scotland consulted with 87 young people to establish their experiences of living in care, their hopes for life after care and the types of support they would need to achieve this.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 has the ability to change the disproportionately poor outcomes of this often forgotten group of young people. It provides new rights and opportunities, ensuring the voices of care experienced children and young people are heard in any discussions or planning which affects their lives.

The views presented here are intended to help corporate parents and others involved in the implementation of the Act to get it right for every care experienced child and young person across Scotland.

Tiegan Boyens uses her experiences, views and knowledge to help improve the lives of children and young people, tackle social justice issues, and raise awareness of human rights. In this blog post, Tiegan, who is aged 19, adopted and lives in England, discusses why a greater understanding of poverty is needed to help make real change.
This webinar discusses the role of Virtual School Head Teachers in Scotland and how they work to improve the educational experiences of care experienced children and young people.
This response to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s Inquiry provides information about some of the key issues around the health and wellbeing of children and young people in need of care and protection.
As families continue to struggle financially this winter, CELCIS's Director (Acting) Claire Burns looks at how financial support can get to people who need it most and the new ways local authorities are working with families to do this.
Following the announcement that Jennifer Davidson would be stepping down as Executive Director of CELCIS earlier in 2021, we are now recruiting to fill CELCIS’s Director position on a permanent basis.
The Scottish Government have published ‘Caring for our children and young people: An update on Scotland's Corporate Parenting 2018-21’, detailing how Scotland’s corporate parents have delivered on their duties to support children and young people with care experience.
Scottish Ministers have published (9 December) ‘Caring for our children and young people: An update on Scotland's Corporate Parenting 2018-21’, detailing how Scotland’s corporate parents have delivered on their duties to support children and young people with care experience.
This report from The Fostering Network, is based on a survey, which took place in the summer of 2021, and covered key practice and workforce issues such as placement stability, training and support for carers, and status and authority of the workforce.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament (8 December 2021), Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that the Financial Redress Scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care has opened for applications.
This booklet describes how the roles of the Virtual School Head Teacher and Care Experienced Teams are developing in Scotland. It also sets out how a Network of those in these key roles has grown to support those fulfilling these key strategic positions which aim to improve educational experiences and outcomes for children and young people with experience of care. This resource explains what a Virtual School is, the aims of the role and the Network and discusses the impact that the work is having for children and families.
This consultation response provides feedback on ‘refreshed’ GIRFEC practice guidance materials about the Named Person, Lead Professional, using the National Practice Model, and Information Sharing. We suggest areas in which the guidance materials could be strengthened and clarified in order to ensure an effective preventative approach to supporting children and families is facilitated. We also highlight the importance of attention to the effective implementation of guidance to ensure practice change.
The views and experiences of foster carers and services have been published (7 December) in a new State of the Nation's Foster Care 2021 report from The Fostering Network.
The UK Trauma Council (UKTC) and three child bereavement charities - Child Bereavement UK, Winston’s Wish and the Childhood Bereavement Network - have launched a portfolio of free, evidence-based resources for parents, school staff, bereavement services and NHS mental health services supporting children and young people.
Reflecting on the impact of the media, and how it is used, in shaping public attitudes to care experience.
The Scottish Government has announced (23 November) £200 million of targeted funding as part of a redesigned approach to tackling the Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC).
In this blog post, Tiegan, who is adopted and lives in England, discusses her experience at the 2021 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Day of General Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care, held in September, and reflects on how we can all do more to help children and young people realise their rights.
This consultation document provides information and insights on the proposed changes to Education Scotland and the reform of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
New introductory guidance on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) published.
The narratives around adoption narratives are changing, led by the voices involved. This Adoption Week Scotland, we look at what the award-winning project Whatever Next? tells us about how we can learn from each other and international adoption.
The Scottish Government has issued guidance around children’s rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Scotland. This non-statutory guidance is intended to provide those involved in public service delivery in Scotland with an introduction to giving effect to children’s rights as set out in the UNCRC.
This Adoption Week Scotland, Dr Leanne McIver, Research Associate at CELCIS, discusses how greater inclusiveness for adopted children in policy, guidance and language is changing the face of adoption.
Gillian Henderson, Information and Research manager in the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA), discusses some of the research evidence that lead to the foundation of SUFS. And then how SUFS used this and other research to influence the Scottish Government and to finally achieve the changes in law that came into force in July 2021.
Tiegan Boyens uses her experiences, views and knowledge to help improve the lives of children and young people, tackle social justice issues, and raise awareness of human rights. In this blog post, Tiegan, who is aged 19, adopted and lives in England, discusses why a greater understanding of poverty is needed to help make real change.
This webinar discusses the role of Virtual School Head Teachers in Scotland and how they work to improve the educational experiences of care experienced children and young people.
This response to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s Inquiry provides information about some of the key issues around the health and wellbeing of children and young people in need of care and protection.
As families continue to struggle financially this winter, CELCIS's Director (Acting) Claire Burns looks at how financial support can get to people who need it most and the new ways local authorities are working with families to do this.
Following the announcement that Jennifer Davidson would be stepping down as Executive Director of CELCIS earlier in 2021, we are now recruiting to fill CELCIS’s Director position on a permanent basis.
The Scottish Government have published ‘Caring for our children and young people: An update on Scotland's Corporate Parenting 2018-21’, detailing how Scotland’s corporate parents have delivered on their duties to support children and young people with care experience.
Scottish Ministers have published (9 December) ‘Caring for our children and young people: An update on Scotland's Corporate Parenting 2018-21’, detailing how Scotland’s corporate parents have delivered on their duties to support children and young people with care experience.
This report from The Fostering Network, is based on a survey, which took place in the summer of 2021, and covered key practice and workforce issues such as placement stability, training and support for carers, and status and authority of the workforce.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament (8 December 2021), Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that the Financial Redress Scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care has opened for applications.
This booklet describes how the roles of the Virtual School Head Teacher and Care Experienced Teams are developing in Scotland. It also sets out how a Network of those in these key roles has grown to support those fulfilling these key strategic positions which aim to improve educational experiences and outcomes for children and young people with experience of care. This resource explains what a Virtual School is, the aims of the role and the Network and discusses the impact that the work is having for children and families.
This consultation response provides feedback on ‘refreshed’ GIRFEC practice guidance materials about the Named Person, Lead Professional, using the National Practice Model, and Information Sharing. We suggest areas in which the guidance materials could be strengthened and clarified in order to ensure an effective preventative approach to supporting children and families is facilitated. We also highlight the importance of attention to the effective implementation of guidance to ensure practice change.
The views and experiences of foster carers and services have been published (7 December) in a new State of the Nation's Foster Care 2021 report from The Fostering Network.
The UK Trauma Council (UKTC) and three child bereavement charities - Child Bereavement UK, Winston’s Wish and the Childhood Bereavement Network - have launched a portfolio of free, evidence-based resources for parents, school staff, bereavement services and NHS mental health services supporting children and young people.
Reflecting on the impact of the media, and how it is used, in shaping public attitudes to care experience.
The Scottish Government has announced (23 November) £200 million of targeted funding as part of a redesigned approach to tackling the Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC).
In this blog post, Tiegan, who is adopted and lives in England, discusses her experience at the 2021 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Day of General Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care, held in September, and reflects on how we can all do more to help children and young people realise their rights.
This consultation document provides information and insights on the proposed changes to Education Scotland and the reform of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
New introductory guidance on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) published.
The narratives around adoption narratives are changing, led by the voices involved. This Adoption Week Scotland, we look at what the award-winning project Whatever Next? tells us about how we can learn from each other and international adoption.
The Scottish Government has issued guidance around children’s rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Scotland. This non-statutory guidance is intended to provide those involved in public service delivery in Scotland with an introduction to giving effect to children’s rights as set out in the UNCRC.
This Adoption Week Scotland, Dr Leanne McIver, Research Associate at CELCIS, discusses how greater inclusiveness for adopted children in policy, guidance and language is changing the face of adoption.
Gillian Henderson, Information and Research manager in the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA), discusses some of the research evidence that lead to the foundation of SUFS. And then how SUFS used this and other research to influence the Scottish Government and to finally achieve the changes in law that came into force in July 2021.
Tiegan Boyens uses her experiences, views and knowledge to help improve the lives of children and young people, tackle social justice issues, and raise awareness of human rights. In this blog post, Tiegan, who is aged 19, adopted and lives in England, discusses why a greater understanding of poverty is needed to help make real change.
This webinar discusses the role of Virtual School Head Teachers in Scotland and how they work to improve the educational experiences of care experienced children and young people.
This response to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s Inquiry provides information about some of the key issues around the health and wellbeing of children and young people in need of care and protection.
As families continue to struggle financially this winter, CELCIS's Director (Acting) Claire Burns looks at how financial support can get to people who need it most and the new ways local authorities are working with families to do this.
Following the announcement that Jennifer Davidson would be stepping down as Executive Director of CELCIS earlier in 2021, we are now recruiting to fill CELCIS’s Director position on a permanent basis.
The Scottish Government have published ‘Caring for our children and young people: An update on Scotland's Corporate Parenting 2018-21’, detailing how Scotland’s corporate parents have delivered on their duties to support children and young people with care experience.
Scottish Ministers have published (9 December) ‘Caring for our children and young people: An update on Scotland's Corporate Parenting 2018-21’, detailing how Scotland’s corporate parents have delivered on their duties to support children and young people with care experience.
This report from The Fostering Network, is based on a survey, which took place in the summer of 2021, and covered key practice and workforce issues such as placement stability, training and support for carers, and status and authority of the workforce.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament (8 December 2021), Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that the Financial Redress Scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care has opened for applications.
This booklet describes how the roles of the Virtual School Head Teacher and Care Experienced Teams are developing in Scotland. It also sets out how a Network of those in these key roles has grown to support those fulfilling these key strategic positions which aim to improve educational experiences and outcomes for children and young people with experience of care. This resource explains what a Virtual School is, the aims of the role and the Network and discusses the impact that the work is having for children and families.
This consultation response provides feedback on ‘refreshed’ GIRFEC practice guidance materials about the Named Person, Lead Professional, using the National Practice Model, and Information Sharing. We suggest areas in which the guidance materials could be strengthened and clarified in order to ensure an effective preventative approach to supporting children and families is facilitated. We also highlight the importance of attention to the effective implementation of guidance to ensure practice change.
The views and experiences of foster carers and services have been published (7 December) in a new State of the Nation's Foster Care 2021 report from The Fostering Network.
The UK Trauma Council (UKTC) and three child bereavement charities - Child Bereavement UK, Winston’s Wish and the Childhood Bereavement Network - have launched a portfolio of free, evidence-based resources for parents, school staff, bereavement services and NHS mental health services supporting children and young people.
Reflecting on the impact of the media, and how it is used, in shaping public attitudes to care experience.
The Scottish Government has announced (23 November) £200 million of targeted funding as part of a redesigned approach to tackling the Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC).
In this blog post, Tiegan, who is adopted and lives in England, discusses her experience at the 2021 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Day of General Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care, held in September, and reflects on how we can all do more to help children and young people realise their rights.
This consultation document provides information and insights on the proposed changes to Education Scotland and the reform of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
New introductory guidance on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) published.
The narratives around adoption narratives are changing, led by the voices involved. This Adoption Week Scotland, we look at what the award-winning project Whatever Next? tells us about how we can learn from each other and international adoption.
The Scottish Government has issued guidance around children’s rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Scotland. This non-statutory guidance is intended to provide those involved in public service delivery in Scotland with an introduction to giving effect to children’s rights as set out in the UNCRC.
This Adoption Week Scotland, Dr Leanne McIver, Research Associate at CELCIS, discusses how greater inclusiveness for adopted children in policy, guidance and language is changing the face of adoption.
Gillian Henderson, Information and Research manager in the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA), discusses some of the research evidence that lead to the foundation of SUFS. And then how SUFS used this and other research to influence the Scottish Government and to finally achieve the changes in law that came into force in July 2021.
Tiegan Boyens uses her experiences, views and knowledge to help improve the lives of children and young people, tackle social justice issues, and raise awareness of human rights. In this blog post, Tiegan, who is aged 19, adopted and lives in England, discusses why a greater understanding of poverty is needed to help make real change.
This webinar discusses the role of Virtual School Head Teachers in Scotland and how they work to improve the educational experiences of care experienced children and young people.
This response to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s Inquiry provides information about some of the key issues around the health and wellbeing of children and young people in need of care and protection.
As families continue to struggle financially this winter, CELCIS's Director (Acting) Claire Burns looks at how financial support can get to people who need it most and the new ways local authorities are working with families to do this.
Following the announcement that Jennifer Davidson would be stepping down as Executive Director of CELCIS earlier in 2021, we are now recruiting to fill CELCIS’s Director position on a permanent basis.
The Scottish Government have published ‘Caring for our children and young people: An update on Scotland's Corporate Parenting 2018-21’, detailing how Scotland’s corporate parents have delivered on their duties to support children and young people with care experience.
Scottish Ministers have published (9 December) ‘Caring for our children and young people: An update on Scotland's Corporate Parenting 2018-21’, detailing how Scotland’s corporate parents have delivered on their duties to support children and young people with care experience.
This report from The Fostering Network, is based on a survey, which took place in the summer of 2021, and covered key practice and workforce issues such as placement stability, training and support for carers, and status and authority of the workforce.
In a statement to the Scottish Parliament (8 December 2021), Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced that the Financial Redress Scheme for survivors of historical child abuse in care has opened for applications.
This booklet describes how the roles of the Virtual School Head Teacher and Care Experienced Teams are developing in Scotland. It also sets out how a Network of those in these key roles has grown to support those fulfilling these key strategic positions which aim to improve educational experiences and outcomes for children and young people with experience of care. This resource explains what a Virtual School is, the aims of the role and the Network and discusses the impact that the work is having for children and families.
This consultation response provides feedback on ‘refreshed’ GIRFEC practice guidance materials about the Named Person, Lead Professional, using the National Practice Model, and Information Sharing. We suggest areas in which the guidance materials could be strengthened and clarified in order to ensure an effective preventative approach to supporting children and families is facilitated. We also highlight the importance of attention to the effective implementation of guidance to ensure practice change.
The views and experiences of foster carers and services have been published (7 December) in a new State of the Nation's Foster Care 2021 report from The Fostering Network.
The UK Trauma Council (UKTC) and three child bereavement charities - Child Bereavement UK, Winston’s Wish and the Childhood Bereavement Network - have launched a portfolio of free, evidence-based resources for parents, school staff, bereavement services and NHS mental health services supporting children and young people.
Reflecting on the impact of the media, and how it is used, in shaping public attitudes to care experience.
The Scottish Government has announced (23 November) £200 million of targeted funding as part of a redesigned approach to tackling the Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC).
In this blog post, Tiegan, who is adopted and lives in England, discusses her experience at the 2021 UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Day of General Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care, held in September, and reflects on how we can all do more to help children and young people realise their rights.
This consultation document provides information and insights on the proposed changes to Education Scotland and the reform of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
New introductory guidance on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) published.
The narratives around adoption narratives are changing, led by the voices involved. This Adoption Week Scotland, we look at what the award-winning project Whatever Next? tells us about how we can learn from each other and international adoption.
The Scottish Government has issued guidance around children’s rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Scotland. This non-statutory guidance is intended to provide those involved in public service delivery in Scotland with an introduction to giving effect to children’s rights as set out in the UNCRC.
This Adoption Week Scotland, Dr Leanne McIver, Research Associate at CELCIS, discusses how greater inclusiveness for adopted children in policy, guidance and language is changing the face of adoption.
Gillian Henderson, Information and Research manager in the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA), discusses some of the research evidence that lead to the foundation of SUFS. And then how SUFS used this and other research to influence the Scottish Government and to finally achieve the changes in law that came into force in July 2021.