A permanent place to live for every child

Our vision is that every looked after child in Scotland will ultimately be provided with a settled, secure and permanent place to live, quickly and with minimum disruption to their young lives. 

At the heart of our permanence work is our absolute focus on the needs of the child. We want to see an end to the unacceptably long waiting times experienced by so many looked after children. 

When it comes to the lives of looked after children and young people, one of our primary goals is to encourage the development of systems which secure sustainable, long-term placements for children, speedily and effectively.

The Permanence and Care Team

The Permanence and Care Team (PaCT) works towards these goals in collaboration with partner organisations, local authorities, the Children's Hearings System, the courts and other agencies across Scotland, using a change programme. In PaCT's work with external agencies, we promote an understanding of the importance of attachment issues and the building of positive, lasting relationships for each child, and the detrimental effects which instability and uncertainty can have on these children's lives.

Through training, research, consultancy and information sharing about good practice models and new thinking, PaCT works with its partners to build their knowledge and confidence. We support the development of effective permanence processes in which a multi-agency team is focused around the needs of each child.

Permanence and Care Excellence: our groundbreaking programme

A further critical strand to our work in permanence is the PACE (Permanence and Care Excellence) programme. In partnership with the Scottish Government, we have developed an innovative and rigorous whole-systems approach to improving permanence for looked after children, working with all agencies involved in the welfare of these children. Following on from the successes of the demonstration projects, the groundbreaking PACE programme will ultimately be rolled out across Scotland.

Visit the Scottish Government's Permanence and Care Excellence area on their website.

Looking for support?

Get in touch with our Permanence and Care Team, they'll be delighted to help.

CELCIS publications

Child Protection and Permanence System Map

How a new tool can help map a child’s journey to a better future.

Case Study

Gathering PACE 2017

At our annual Gathering PACE (Permanence and Care Excellence) event on 16 November, we welcomed over 120 delegates from across Scotland. Gathering …


We need to talk about adoption

Fiona Aitken, Director Scotland for Adoption UK, talks about the significance of Adoption Week in Scotland and the need to listen to the voices of ado…

Infants may not be able to speak but their voice is important

Linda Davidson discusses every child's need for sensitive and responsive care.

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