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We are rooted in research. We believe the greatest improvement in the lives of looked after children comes when a systematic approach is taken, one which bridges the gap between knowledge about what works well for children and their families, and the way services, policy and systems are delivered in the real world.

By bridging that gap, and by developing and sharing our collective knowledge and understanding, services and policies can be designed which match the needs of looked after children far more effectively. These new ways of working will make long-term, tangible improvements in children's life experiences and outcomes.

What we do

We work in tandem with partners and our research contributes significantly to an expanding evidence base which is easily accessed by everyone. We play a leading role in the collation and dissemination of existing and new research for the sector in Scotland, and across the UK, with our own research findings being regularly added to the mix.

How we can help

In practical terms, our research team can provide specialist support and guidance on a one-off or ongoing basis. We offer qualitative and quantitative research expertise using a range of approaches using data gathered from interviews, surveys, online tools, focus groups and other methods.

A further string to our research bow is evaluation - evaluation of our own work as well as evaluating work being delivered by others in the sector. By applying robust and sensitive evaluative processes, we’re able to accurately assess the effectiveness and impact being made by individual projects, services and whole systems.

Looking for support?

Our research team can tell you all about our research and evaluation services and how we can help in your workplace. 

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CELCIS research

CELCIS response to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee consultation on the economic impact of COVID-19 on young people

Although the impact of COVID-19 will be felt by many, evidence suggests that young people will be disproportionately impacted by the effects of the pa…

Children Without Parental Care and Alternative Care: Findings from Research

This short paper contributes evidence regarding the situation of children without parental care and provision of suitable alternative care in an inter…

‘Being a student with care experience is very daunting’ Findings from a survey of care experienced students in Scottish colleges and universities

The first Scotland-wide survey of care experienced students in Scotland’s colleges and universities, on behalf of the Scottish Funding Council.

CELCIS evaluation

Child Participation in Child Protection Processes

This report presents the main findings of a self-evaluation survey that looked at the arrangements in place in local areas to support child participat…

An Independent Evaluation of Quarriers Coaching for Life

Report from the CELCIS evaluation of Quarriers Coaching for Life, a mentoring programme for care experienced young people.

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Evaluation of the pilot National Partnership Agreement for Looked After Children who go missing from Residential and Foster Care in Scotland


I used to, but ...

Research into how music could and should help shape the experiences of children and young people in residential care settings.
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