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We improve children’s lives by supporting people and organisations to drive long-lasting change in the services they need, and the practices used by people responsible for their care.

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Calls for transformational change in Scotland’s Children’s Hearings System

25 May 2023
‘Hearings for Children: The Redesign Report’ has today (25 May) been published by The Promise Scotland following the work of The…

New information Published on Infants Born into Care in Scotland

16 May 2023
The Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR) has today (16 May) published a new research report led by the Unive…

Children's social work statistics for Scotland published

25 April 2023
The Scottish Government has published the latest official annual Children's Social Work Statistics for Scotland.

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Your Right to Continuing Care

If you are a ‘looked after’ young person living with foster carers, kinship carers or you live in residential care this is important information for you. This information helps explain your rights and what you are entitl…

Continuing Care: An exploration of implementation

This research aims to identify and better understand what it is that enables and challenges the necessary improvements needed at national and local level to support children and young people to successfully transition to…

Virtual School Head Teachers in Scotland: Practice Case Studies

This report provides an insight into the role of Virtual School Head Teachers (VSHTs) and Care Experienced Teams (CETs) in Scotland through a diverse range of case studies. These provide examples of how VSHTs are using…


How Our Hearings Our Voice members worked around COVID-19 restrictions to help children and young people

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, this could have derailed plans children and young people from Our Hearings, Our Voice (OHOV) had been working on to provide…

May 2023

Data poses questions as well as answers, so what questions arise from Scotland's Child Protection 2021-2022 Statistics?

Dr Alex McTier, Evidence and Evaluation Specialist at CELCIS, takes a closer look at Scotland’s Child Protection 2021-2022 Statistics to uncover what the…

May 2023

The future of social work in times of change

Kathryn Lindsay is the Director of Children, Families and Justice Services and Chief Social Work Officer at Angus Council. In this blog post, she discusses how…

April 2023

World Social Work Day 2023: How social work teams in East Lothian have promoted staff wellbeing and development

On this World Social Work Day, Rogan Higginbottom, a senior workforce learning and development officer at East Lothian Council (ELC), shares how social work…

March 2023

How developing a love of reading is helping support care experienced children and young people in Dumfries and Galloway

Alison Ferla is the Principal Teacher of the Care Experienced Education Team in Dumfries and Galloway, which focuses on improving the educational outcomes and…

March 2023

Our Hearings, Our Voice, Our Magazine

How young people came up with the idea to produce a magazine for all young people to read and help them understand what’s involved while waiting to go into…

February 2023