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Policy & Research

Children in Scotland’s expert policy and research team plays a vital role in informing legislation affecting children and families across Scotland.

Our aim is to improve outcomes for all children and young people through improving policy and practice.

We undertake a range of work to achieve our goals, including:

  • Represent the interests of Children in Scotland and our members in the Scottish Parliament
  • Lead on Children in Scotland’s four strategic priority areas 
  • Oversee a range of focused project work
  • Undertake commissioned research and development work

Policy work is guided by Children in Scotland's: 

​The Policy team responds to government and other consultations; seeks to influence legislation and policy-making; produces a range of member briefings and resources; provides the secretariat to the Cross-Party Group for Children and Young People in the Scottish Parliament, and coordinates Scotland’s Children’s Sector Forum.

Read about our current projects

We welcome input from our members – please get in touch.

Current projects

Children in Scotland’s policy team is currently working on a range of diverse thematic projects.

Previous projects

This page contains further information on recently completed Children in Scotland policy and research projects.
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Current Consultations

Children in Scotland submits responses to consultations by the Scottish and UK Governments, the European Parliament and other public bodies about their proposed policies, laws, strategies and regulations. We also provide written and oral evidence to Parliamentary Committees. The Scottish Government is consulting on its draft delivery plan for Equally Safe, the closing date is the 30th of June.

Previous Consultations

This page contains links to Children in Scotland's responses to consultations and committee evidence.

Policy resources

Children in Scotland produces a range of briefings and reports on policy and legislative issues affecting children, young people and their families.

Policy Update

We keep track of the latest policy developments in Scotland and across the UK. (updated 17/07/ 17)