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

For further information on older projects and research please contact us: / 0131 313 8800.


Children in Scotland is working in partnership with Young Scot and Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) on the development of the excite.ED project. The project aims to find out the opinions of children...Read more

Participants Not Pawns: Guidance on Consulting with Children and Young People on School Closures (and Other Significant Changes)

The guidance sets out principles of meaningful and sensitive consultation with children and young people. It explores methods local authorities may want to use in carrying out consultations with...Read more

The Commission for Childcare Reform and the Childcare Alliance (2014-2015)

The independent Commission for Childcare Reform was established by the Childcare Alliance in April 2014 to investigate how childcare in Scotland should be provided and paid for to better suit the...Read more

Working for Inclusion (2009-2011)

The Working for Inclusion programme was led by Children in Scotland in partnership with LA Bottega Di Geppetto, Italy, the Nordland Research Institute, Norway, and the Comenius Foundation for Child...Read more

Making Space 2016

Making Space was part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design . It was managed by Children in Scotland in association with the Royal Incorporation of...Read more

NHS Education for Scotland Fetal Alcohol Harm E-learning Resource

Children in Scotland developed the content for an e-learning resource with NHS Education for Scotland Fetal Alcohol Harm. Children in Scotland received an input from the child and maternal health team at NES and the Scottish Government Fetal Alcohol Harm National Working Group.Read more

Developing effective independent information and support services for children and young people accessing Self-directed Support

Children in Scotland was funded from 2013-2015 to help implement the Scottish Government’s commitment to the provision of independent information and support for children and young people on Self-directed Support.Read more

Equal Partners

The project was launched in 2012 with an event designed to connect leaders, which connected leaders across the third and public sectors, facilitated dialogue and built a mutual understanding and aim...Read more

Creating Safety: child protection in the arts

A guide on child protection for individuals and organisations involved in delivering artistic, cultural and creative projects for children and young people has been published online. Co-written by...Read more

LifeSkills: educating young people to support their transition into work

The purpose of the LifeSkills education programme was to support young people with their transition into work. It offered practical advice and the opportunity for those aged 11 to 19 to build confidence and improve employability skills.Read more

UK Alliance for Investing in Children

The Alliance for Investing in Children (UK) is a coalition led by Children in Wales, Children in Scotland, Children England and Children in Northern Ireland to encourage investment in children’s support and services.Read more

DRIVERS - a European project aimed at combating health inequalities

Children in Scotland worked with European partners on this major research project which cast light on the determinants of health inequalities and the interventions that have demonstrated effectiveness in addressing them.Read more

ABCD – Local Early Years Strategy Analysis and Evaluation

NHS Ayrshire and Arran commissioned Children in Scotland to carry out the final evaluation of their innovative three year assets-based community development project.Read more

Schools as a Hub for Community Regeneration (STV Hunter Schools Project)

Children in Scotland worked with six pathfinder schools in some of Scotland's most deprived areas to support them in using their facilities and capacity as a community hub with a view to improving pupil attainment and aiding local regeneration.Read more

Beyond4Walls - community peer research with young people

Beyond4Walls (B4W) won the 2016 UK Housing Excellence Award (HEA) for youth engagement. T hroughout 2014/15 the Beyond4Walls (B4W) youth peer research project - run in partnership between Children in Scotland and the Poverty Alliance, commissioned by Wheatley Group - involved a group of young people aged 14-21 from across Glasgow coming together to discuss and explore housing, economic and community issues in Scotland.Read more

Leaders of Learning - A Curriculum for Excellence Project

Leaders of Learning is underpinned by a rights-based approach, ensuring that there is a clear connection between children and young people’s entitlements and the lived experience of rights as...Read more

BeXcellent - a Curriculum for Excellence project

The ‘BeXcellent’ project has involved a team of children and young people creating and managing a website for other young people, to share their experiences of learning through Curriculum for Excellence.Read more

Integration of Health and Social Care - a project commissioned by Social Work Scotland

Social Work Scotland commissioned Children in Scotland, in collaboration with CELCIS, to undertake a project which examined the implications for children’s services from the integration of adult health and social care services in the Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act 2014.Read more

Parent Participation project - for Scotland’s Disabled Children (fSDC)

This project aims to give parent carers of disabled children in Scotland an increased opportunity to inform the development of the relevant legislation and policy and to drive the continual improvement of services at both national and local levels.Read more

Access All Areas and the Pupils' Audit

The Pupils' Audit is a classroom-based programme of activity that can be incorporated into the school curriculum. It stemmed from our Access all Areas project which consulted pupils in schools in the Borders about accessibility. The programme allows pupils to identify what they believe are the most important issues within their school.Read more

Making the Gender Equality Real for Children, Fathers and Families

‘Making the Gender Equality Real for Children, Fathers and Families' continues our work on gender equality and fathers. The project has been funded by the Scottish Government’s Equality Unit until 2015.Read more

Developing an Outcomes Model for Disabled Children and Young People in Scotland (2012-2013)

This Scottish Government funded project focused on better understanding ‘outcome models’ for all children and young people and for children and young people in the diverse and challenging context of disability.Read more

Better Eating, Better Learning

Children in Scotland consulted with children and young people to inform recommendations for the development of school food services in Scotland.Read more

Exploration of the Information Support Needs of Parents (2011-12)

On behalf of NHS Health Scotland, Children in Scotland carried out a research project exploring the information support needs of parents with young children.Read more

Homeless, Not Hopeless - a project for Shelter Scotland (2010-2011)

Shelter Scotland commissioned Children in Scotland to undertake research into ways in which the education sector can help to minimise the impact of homelessness on children’s learning.Read more

Having a Say at School - a research project on Pupil Councils in Scotland (2006-2009)

This three year, in-depth look at pupil councils in Scotland was researched by Children in Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund.Read more

Truth and Consequences for the Kibble Boys (2008-2009)

The Kibble Education and Care Centre leaders asked Children in Scotland to find out more than is currently known about what is true in terms of the lives of Kibble participants before, during and after their time in Kibble’s care.Read more