Children and Families National Leadership Group


The Children and Families National Leadership Group provides collective leadership and strategic oversight of key areas of transformational change to improve outcomes for children, young people and families.

The group enables senior leaders from national and local government, children’s social work services, health, learning, justice, the third sector and other partners to work together collaboratively and at pace to identify opportunities for better join up of major transformational change programmes, identify and address implementation gaps and make the best use of national and local resources to avoid overlaps and duplication.

The group has the following priorities:

  • Keeping The Promise
  • Whole Family Wellbeing Funding
  • UNCRC implementation
  • embedding of GIRFEC/GIRFE
  • tackling child poverty

Related groups


  • Andrew Watson, Scottish Government (co-chair)
  • Louise Long, SOLACE (co-chair)

Local authorities

  • CoSLA


  • Directors of Public Health
  • Child Health Commissioners 
  • Public Health Scotland 
  • NHS Chief Executives

Social services

  • Care Inspectorate 
  • Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) 
  • Social Work Scotland
  • Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland


  • ADES


  • Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS) 
  • Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) 
  • Police Scotland

Third sector

  • Children in Scotland
  • Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland


  • Public Health Scotland
  • Improvement Service

Cross-sectoral advice

  • Children’s Services Planning Strategic Leads Network Co-Chair 
  • The Promise
  •  Child Protection Committees Scotland
  • Disabled Children and Young People Advisory Group (DCYPAG)




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