Care experienced children and young people

The experience of learning and educational outcomes for looked after children and young people remain a significant challenge in Scotland. To understand the current context and to help us consider what has been learned and how far there is to go PINS explores this theme.

NEW - Independent Care Review

Congratulations to the Independent Care Review on publication of its report. Scotland must now come together to love its most vulnerable children and give them the childhood they deserve. Read the Reviews landmark reports. More HERE

MCR Pathways model shows educational improvements

Mentors work with care-experienced young people in Glasgow. Download the pdf doc HERE

Digital Resilience, Inclusion and Wellbeing for Looked After Children and Young People

The report presents a snapshot of experiences and range of findings relating to digital skills, access, inequality, online safety and digital ethics – with recommendations and next steps for each of the themes explored. More HERE

Being a student with care experience is very daunting

Scotland's first nation-wide survey of care experienced students in Scotland's colleges and universities. More HERE

Research on home Compulsory Supervision Orders (CSOs) in the Hearings System

The research asks Do Compulsory Supervision Orders where a child is looked after at home (home CSOs) work? More HERE

Parent conference

The Independent Care Review and Parents Advocacy and Rights conference for parents who have children in care or who have been in care: September 14th Glasgow. More HERE

Education outcomes for looked after children 2017-2018

Outcomes have improved but gaps remain. More HERE

Independent Care Review – a review like no other

The purpose is to identify and deliver lasting change in the care system and leave a legacy that will transform the life chances and wellbeing of children and young people in care. More HERE

How the Care Review is challenging me

Claire Lightowler reflects on power shifts and the work of the Independent Care Review. More HERE

CELCIS Annual Lecture 2019

28th February, Glasgow. A focus on powering up the potential of care experienced young people: exploring the role of education, work and adult expectations. More HERE

What makes a good relationship?

Care experienced young people respond. More HERE

Corporate Parenting: Turning legislation into practice together

The report explores what corporate parenting means, duties and responsibilities and what’s next for corporate parents. More HERE

Annual report on Corporate Parenting Plan

The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) has published its first ever annual report for young people, detailing the achievements in the first year of its Corporate Parenting Plan against six commitments. More HERE

Caring for Vulnerable Children - Massive Open Online Course

This free online course takes place over six weeks and you can access the materials as often as you want, at a time that suits you. Follow the journey of Billy, a 12-year-old boy and the risks and vulnerabilities in his life. With each weekly instalment, we show how Billy is impacted by his early childhood, his mum's mental health, and how the system supports a vulnerable child. More HERE

CELCIS REACH online magazine for Spring 2017

The latest Reach magazine puts a focus on education and the attainment of vulnerable children. More HERE

How we can improve the experience of being at school

Linda O’Neill blogs for CELCIS on the school experience of looked after children and young people. More HERE

The Scottish Care Leavers Covenant

The Covenant calls on all corporate parents and others with an interest in the lives of our care leavers to work for real change and improve support opportunities and outcomes for care leavers. More HERE

Barnardos explores becoming a Family Firm

The Family Firm offers care leavers employment and positive destination opportunities. The idea is being brought alive by care experienced young people as action researchers. Download the pdf report HERE
View the Project film HERE

Getting Care Right for All Children: Online course

This first free online course looks at what the UN Guidelines “Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children” looks like in practice. This interactive course runs for six weeks, you study in your own time, a maximum of 4 hours per week. More HERE

Guidance on Aftercare

The new guidance aims to reinforce the legal and ethical responsibilities of local authorities towards looked after young people and care leavers so that personal support is improved. More HERE

Guidance on Continuing Care

The aim of Continuing Care is to provide young people with a more graduated transition out of care, reducing the risk of multiple simultaneous disruptions occurring in their lives while maintaining supportive relationships. More HERE

Is it love?

When it comes to being ‘looked after’ Kenny McGhee suggests we remind ourselves of what really matters to children and young people. More HERE

Supporting Looked After children and young people in education

In a new guide and DVD, young people who are Looked After in Aberdeenshire give first-hand accounts of their experiences and advice on how staff and their peers can help them get the most out of school. More HERE

The attainment gap - a look behind the stats

With looked after children and young people in mind, Linda O’Neill reminds us that even excellent programmes need strong implementation. More HERE

Support for Kinship Care

National Guidance on Part 13 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 details the legal parameters of the kinship care order and describes kinship care assistance including information and advice and provision of financial support. More HERE

Supporting corporate parents

CELCIS have published new corporate parenting resources to support those with responsibilities. More HERE

Getting it Right for Looked After Children and Young People Strategy

Scottish Government has published a strategy for Looked After Children and Young People which sets out what is expected of corporate parents. More HERE

Who Cares? Trust launch their new website - Propel

Aimed at young people in care who are thinking about their future, young care leavers, and the professionals and carers supporting them, the site intends to inspire more care-experienced young people across the UK to see what they could achieve in higher education. More HERE

The College Handbook for Looked After young people and Care Leavers

The Who Cares? Trust has created the College Handbook to give young people who are in or leaving care information about the support that is available at colleges in Scotland. Download pdf HERE

Working together to improve outcomes

This PDF advice leaflet for teachers and other professionals is concerned with the educational development of learners who are looked after. It provides responses to FAQs such as how do corporate parent responsibilities affect schools? and how can teachers help? Download pdf HERE

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