Promoting children and young people's participation in decision-making and policy development is one of our co-ordinating themes and forms an important part of all our work.
Policy and research
Children in Scotland informs and influences legislation affecting children and young people by holding consultations, running working groups, producing briefings and gathering information and opinion. With Youthlink Scotland, we provide the secretariat for the Cross Party Group on Children and Young People in the Scottish Parliament to raise debate among MSPs on topical issues.
Children in Scotland is the Scottish base for the 4 Nations Child Policy Network, a free policy information service operating across the UK.
We are commissioned and we seek funding to carry out policy-related research taking the form of surveys, in-depth interviews, mapping exercises and consultations.
Giving busy practitioners the chance to reflect upon and develop their work is the aim of our many training programmes, seminars and conferences. Working in partnership with a range of specialist partners, many of who are our members, we work to improve the quality and effectiveness of services for children, young people and their families by sharing knowledge and experience and offering guidance. We are registered Continuing Professional Development providers with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
Our monthly subscription magazine, Children in Scotland, brings together news and analysis on the legislation, policies, research and good practice that help shape young lives. We also publish the twice-yearly English-language issue of Children in Europe alongside our eight European partners. Our numerous publications, policy briefings, factsheets, reports and a daily email news service help our members make sense of policy, research and current debates on children and young people. We handle press inquiries and promote our work through our press releases.
Enquire - the Scottish
advice service for additional support for learning
Children in Scotland runs Enquire, an advice service for parents and carers of children and young people who have additional support needs, and professionals working with them.
Resolve:asl - Scotland's
independent additional support for learning mediation service.
Resolve:asl is an independent service which provides a means for enabling the resolution of disputes that can arise for parents/carers of children and young people with additional support needs. The service is managed by Children in Scotland and offers service level agreements for local authorities for mediation services.