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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

Assessment of prospective kinship, foster and adoptive carers and progress of permanence planning during Covid-19 Lockdown

A summary of local experience and learning during the Covid-19 crisis across Scotland March to August 2020


Therapeutic Parenting in adoption

For Adoption Week Scotland this year, Fiona Aitken, Director of Adoption UK Scotland, looks at why therapeutic parenting is so important for children …


Concurrency: Planning for all outcomes

What’s known as concurrency planning is beginning to be adopted in Scotland, and it's a potent means of achieving permanent, stable homes and futures…

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94 Cathedral St, Glasgow G4 0LG
0141 444 8500

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