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What we do

Children in Scotland is a national charity that works to improve lives for all children and families in Scotland.

We represent children's services organisations and individuals across the voluntary, private and public sectors.

We work to:

  • influence politicians and policy-makers 
  • strengthen and train the children's sector workforce
  • give practitioners, parents and children and young people a voice in shaping the future of childhood in Scotland.

This is done through:

Membership

We offer a range of benefits, including discounts on publications and events, invites to exclusive events and policy resources, and the chance to be part of a unique network of professionals from across the sector.

Policy and research

We have a dedicated policy team which works with member organisations and individuals to influence legislation.

The team also delivers specific projects that aim to benefit children and young people, and ensure their voices are heard. Read this special feature from Children in Scotland magazine about some of the recent projects undertaken by our Participation and Engagement team, including a piece about one particularly exciting project.

We jointly hold the secretariat for the Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People in the Scottish Parliament, and run the Scotland’s Children Forum.

Children in Scotland also holds membership of Eurochild.

Communications

Our Communications team produces a bimonthly magazine, which is available to buy on a per-issue basis or as a subscription.

Communications staff also oversee a full publications programme, including briefing papers, reports and books. 

Events

We run a packed programme of conferences, seminars, CPD training sessions and exclusive member events, to inform and support those working with and for children and young people across the sector.

ASL support

Enquire and Resolve:ASL which offer specialist support on Additional Support for Learning and Mediation.