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Consultancy - our specialist expertise

Our consultancy services support a wide variety of agencies, organisations and local authorities in the design, improvement and implementation of services for looked after children and their families. Our support helps to build confidence and facilitate change and improvement, based on evidence-informed policy and good practice.

Our consultants have worked in hundreds of settings across the length and breadth of Scotland, and beyond, to deliver consultancy for frontline staff, strategic leaders, teams and organisations. And their specialist, on-the-ground experience covers a range of expertise:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Education
  • Attachment informed practice
  • Permanence
  • Throughcare and aftercare
  • Understanding self-harm and suicide
  • Historical abuse
  • International care systems

How we work

By bringing our consultant's specialist knowledge and skills on site, and by working in partnership with those delivering services locally, we can provide tailored support, designed specifically to help you review, evaluate and improve your systems, services and new ways of working. Our consultants:

  • Can guide an entire service review and redesign, or work on small one-off projects.
  • Will work with small groups or whole systems, for just a few days, for several weeks or even months.
  • Can come to where you are, for as long as it takes, or we can just lend an ear on the phone.
  • Will tailor a package to provide the perfect fit for your needs and your budget.

A child-centred approach

We encourage a child-centred approach which keeps the needs of the children and their families at the very heart of service delivery and practice. Our consultants develop professional excellence, accountability and hard work by focusing on inclusion, respect, collaboration and a collective, interagency approach to making a big difference in the lives of looked after children. 

Looking for consultancy support?

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CELCIS publications

Function, quality and outcomes of residential care – Rapid Evidence Review

In seeking to provide an overview of the existing research on residential care, this rapid evidence review addresses the following research questions: • What is the function of residential care as part of a range of alternative care options? • What facilitates ‘quality’ care in residential care? Taking account of it both in the relational interactions between children and their carers, and in how residential care is organised to facilitate high quality care for children. • What effect does residential care have upon outcomes for children and young people?

Exploring feedback around membership of the Virtual School Head Teacher and Care Experienced Team Network: Discussion findings from a facilitated workshop [Paper Two]

In October 2020 CELCIS convened and facilitated a virtual workshop with the Virtual School Head Teacher (VSHT) and Care Experienced Team (CET) network. The workshop aimed to explore the unique role of VSHTs and CETs in relation to supporting children and families during COVID-19 and what impact, if any, members felt there had been for themselves, children and families, by being part of the VSHT and CET network.

Case studies

SIRCC 2020 Online | Being the lighthouse

Five short clips From Louise Wallwein's keynote at SIRCC 2019 have been extracted to support reflection individually and/or discussion by the resident…

SIRCC 2020 Online | Reflections on COVID-19

We've pulled together examples from across the CELCIS website of the extraordinary ordinary in residential child care during the public health emergen…
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