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Getting it right for each and every child in Scotland in need of care and protection is at the heart of CELCIS's permanence improvement and trauma informed work.

We recognise that what ‘getting it right’ looks like is unique to each child’s developmental needs and personal family circumstances, and our PACE work centres on developing practice and improvement around permanence decision making.

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For a small number of children permanence means legal adoption which is a deeply significant lifelong decision. Adoption practice demands sensitive holistic assessment, building relationships of trust and lifelong child development informed support for everyone involved, including the child, their parents, their brothers and sisters, practitioners and prospective adoptive families.

Aileen Nicol, Head of Improving Protection and Permanence at CELCIS, is Chair of the national Adoption Task Force, which aims to enable and support the development of best adoptive practice for all concerned. More information on the Task Force is available at the link below.


The latest evaluation and research in to adoption has produced a wide variety of reports, articles and statistics. These include: 

Adoption Week Scotland 2019 Practitioner Workshop

Mapping adoption support in Scotland - Part 1 - Initial findings

Mapping adoption support in Scotland - Part 2 - Guide to support services


Adoption and permanence planning in Scotland

Adoption barometer report 2020


Other useful resources on adoption

CELCIS publications

CELCIS's commitment to keeping The Promise

Learn more about CELCIS’s response and our offer to work in collaboration with The Promise and those working to support children…


How Life Story Work can help care experienced children

In National Storytelling Week, Jennifer Bell, a social worker in a fostering team at North Ayrshire Council, with a special interest in Life Story Wor…


More than a promise: the imperative to make change happen

Claire Burns, Director (Acting), CELCIS – Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection, marks the first anniversary of The Promise.

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94 Cathedral St, Glasgow G4 0LG
0141 444 8500

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