Improving public services

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Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative

Since 2012, we have supported the improvement of services used by children, young people and families through the Early Years Collaborative (EYC) and, from 2014, the Raising Attainment for All programme. In 2016, we combined these programmes to form the Children and Young People Improvement Collaborative (CYPIC).

CYPIC is aligned with the Maternity and Children Quality Improvement Collaborative which focuses on maternity, neonatal and paediatric healthcare.

The aim of the CYPIC programme is to make early years, health, family services and schools more effective and responsive in tackling inequality and improving children's outcomes. We do this by supporting local authorities, health boards and the third sector to use Quality Improvement (QI) in their services for children, young people and families.

How CYPIC works

We employ a team of dedicated Improvement Advisors (IA) who work across Scotland to support local teams working in services for children, young people and their families.

We provide training and guidance on how to use QI methodology, as outlined in the three-step improvement framework for Scotland's Public Services. QI is a way to test, measure, evaluate and implement new and more effective ways of working with the resources that teams have available.

We run national events called learning sessions where a range of practitioners and professionals gather to share information on the improvements they have made, and what they have learnt from the process. Find out more about our learning sessions.

This helps to identify which improvements have made the biggest difference in tackling inequality and closing the poverty-related attainment gap. In many areas, there are examples of the most effective improvements being spread to more local services.

Contact us to find out how to get in touch with your local IA.

Quality Improvement Awards

We host the Quality Improvement Awards to recognise individuals, teams, services and schools that have achieved significant levels of improvement through the CYPIC programme. 

Find more information on the QI awards.


Through the CYPIC programme, we have:

  • increased access to financial advice for pregnant women on low incomes, helping to increase income by up to £5,000 per family
  • increased uptake of the 27 to 30 month Child Health Review, resulting in children's developmental needs being identified and responded to earlier
  • ensured more families on low incomes get Healthy Start Vouchers so that pregnant women and children get the nutrition they need
  • helped dads in prison understand their children's needs and build positive family relationships
  • helped pregnant women recovering from substance misuse to change their lifestyle, resulting in improved birth weights and fewer social work interventions
  • found effective ways of engaging vulnerable families in early years and family centres, helping to build parenting confidence and skills
  • engaged more parents in their children's early learning in nurseries and primary schools, so that they are more able to support their children's development
  • improved multi-agency partnership working in health and social care services, making it easier for families to navigate and access services
  • increased children's literacy and numeracy skills in nurseries and primary schools in areas of deprivation
  • raised the aspirations, attendance and attainment of secondary school pupils through targeting and mentoring

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