CELCIS’s response to the National Care Service Consultation

Year: 2021
Topic: Active implementation, Adoption, Child protection, Child sexual exploitation (CSE), Child trafficking, Children's hearings system, Corporate parenting, Disability, Domestic abuse, Education, Foster care, Health and Wellbeing, Kinship care, Legislation, Local authority, Looked after at home, Neglect, Parental alcohol and/or drug use, Parental mental health, Permanence, Residential care, Secure care, Stigma, Throughcare and aftercare, Voices of young people, COVID
Author: CELCIS

Proposals for a National Care Service in Scotland were published for consultation by the Scottish Government in August 2021.

CELCIS’s response intends to provide a substantial, evidence-based assessment of the proposals set out, reflecting the importance of the issues at hand and the complexity of the challenges. Fundamentally, we give comprehensive consideration to whether the proposal of a National Care Service is in the best interests of children and young people in need of care and protection, their families and carers and to keeping The Promise.

In our summary overview, we explain how our response reflects:

  • The views and insights of people with care experience and knowledge of the care system;
  • The views and insights of people working in the children’s care sector;
  • The evidence of what works for children and families and what matters to them;
  • The experience, evidence and learning of how to make change happen, including from national improvement programmes such as CELCIS’s five year national Permanence and Care Excellence Programme (PACE) and ANEW, to name a few, to improve wellbeing, stability and security for children; and
  • The expertise, knowledge and experience of CELCIS’s staff.


Our response

The Scottish Government’s consultation paper