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About Us

About the SCSC

Our vision is for Scotland to become a world leader in the care and support of vulnerable children and young people

We aim to achieve this vision through campaigning to improve services for these children and young people, helping them to achieve their full potential.

Vulnerable children and young people experience poorer life chances. This includes lower levels of educational attainment and higher levels of unemployment.

It is essential that these children and young people have access to high quality, well-resourced and quickly accessible services, tailored to their individual needs -‘Getting it Right for Every Child’.

This approach will give them the best possible start in life, support the closing of the educational attainment gap and the creation of a more equal society.

The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition

Services range from those provided by local authorities to support those with additional support needs (ASN), to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) delivered by the NHS.

In the delivery of vital services there are no shortcuts.


While there is a greatly increased demand on services for vulnerable children and young people, this is set against a background of tight public finances and poor outcomes.

We are campaigning for improved services for these children and young people, based on five key principles.

In addition, we aim for the services provided to be tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person, be this by the public sector and/or independent and third sector providers. This is so that they receive the most appropriate care and support, delivering positive outcomes – both educational and social – with the considerable cost saving this can bring.

Our campaigns see us seeking to influence political and other key stakeholders, such as the Scottish Government, local authorities and the NHS, to achieve this positive change.

Current campaigns are focused on delivering:

  • Improved services for children and young people with ASN.
  • A statutory right to independent advocacy services for children and young people with care experience.

SCSC campaign activity is based on five key principles

1. High-quality services

There should be prompt access to assessment and to high-quality, well-resourced services for children and young people.

2. Early intervention

Early intervention and other improvements in commissioning are both cost saving and result in better outcomes.

3. Tailored services

Services provided must be tailored to the individual needs of children and young people.

4. Statistics

Accurate data is required to evidence positive outcomes, highlight areas that require investment, and ensure a fair distribution of resources.

5. Management of transitions

Improved management of transitions, especially to adult services, should be prioritised by service commissioners and providers.