Other Resources

Children’s services planning

In this section you’ll find other useful resources on children’s services planning:

  • The Scottish Government’s Realigning Children’s Services programme supports local areas to improve commissioning of children’s services, with a particular focus on data and evidence gathering and how to use this to inform strategic commissioning decisions.

Children’s Rights

Recognising, respecting and promoting the rights of children and young people is essential to achieving the Scottish Government’s ambition to make Scotland the best place in the world for a child to grow up.   The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 places new duties on the Scottish Government to promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and report progress to Parliament.  It also requires children’s services planning to be rights based.

For more information on the UNCRC in Scotland please see the following:

Scottish Government Children’s Rights

Together Scotland

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

The Scottish Government has also produced a handy training tool to promote greater understanding of children’s rights:

10 Minute Children’s Rights Training

Involving your community

Here you can find some practical resources on how to involve communities, including children and young people, in the planning process:

The Scottish Community Development Centre has produced some resources to encourage a values based approach to planning and evaluating work with communities.

The Glasgow Centre for Population Health explores the benefits and challenges of an assets-based approach to well-being and offers insights into doing more collaborative community planning.

Research and information on early intervention and prevention

The Early Intervention Foundation champions early intervention for children showing signs of risk and has recently produced research on the cost of late intervention

Barriers to education and the attainment gap

CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, works to improve the wellbeing of children and young people living in and on the edges of care.  They have a programme of work aimed at narrowing the educational attainment gap.

CELCIS on educational attainment

Related local election campaigns

Children in Scotland have produced a briefing for local election candidates promoting nine things local councillors can  do to support better outcomes for children, young people and families in your area.

Children in Scotland local election briefing

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