Coronavirus (COVID-19): Children and Families Collective Leadership Group


This group brings together national and local government and a broad range of other partners. Its main remit is to review data, intelligence, research and policy to identify and respond to immediate concerns for children, young people and families with vulnerabilities during the pandemic, as well as providing longer term support for the recovery phase.

The group’s action plan for delivering immediate support during the pandemic covers 10 workstreams, including:

  • access to services
  • child protection awareness
  • workforce resilience
  • domestic abuse
  • respite care
  • care leavers

The plan links to broader ongoing issues of mental health and well-being, reducing poverty and family support. It is underpinned by engagement with and feedback from children, young people and families. Its medium and longer term work includes agreeing measures to support the workforce delivering services for children, young people and families and developing a wellbeing outcomes framework.

Related groups


  • Grace Vickers, SOLACE (co-chair)
  • Michael Chalmers, Scottish Government, Children & Families Directorate (co-chair)
  • Association of Directors of Education in Scotland 
  • Care Inspectorate
  • CELCIS, University of Strathclyde
  • Children’s Hearings Scotland
  • Children in Scotland
  • Child Protection Committees Scotland
  • Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland
  • Disabled Children and Young People Advisory Group
  • Education Scotland
  • Improvement Service
  • Inspiring Children’s Futures, University of Strathclyde
  • NHS Chief Executives
  • Police Scotland
  • Public Health Scotland
  • Scottish Ambulance Service
  • Scottish Children's Reporter Administration
  • Scottish Social Services Council 
  • Social Work Scotland
  • Scottish Youth Parliament
  • The Promise