Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS) funding: FOI Release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

1. How much funding did the Scottish Government provide to CELCIS for this study?
2. Were any Scottish Government staff involved in this study?


The answer to your questions are;
1. The funding for this study is met from within the Scottish Government’s annual core grant offer to Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS) of £4,136,827 for 2023-24.

The funding provided to CELCIS outlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to the delivery of work aimed at improving the lives of children and young people in need of care and protection across Scotland. CELCIS received no additional funding for this study which was delivered within the planned Scottish Government funding.

2. No. No Scottish Government staff were involved in this study and to ensure independence from SG an Independent Steering Group chaired by Professor Brigid Daniel, Professor Emerita at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, has supported the design, implementation and delivery of this research study.

The Independent Steering Group remit has been to provide independent support and oversight to the research team, and to ensure the research is robust and will provide the best possible evidence. You can find more information about the Independent Steering Group here:

Children’s Services Research: independent steering group - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Your right to request a review
If you are unhappy with this response to your FOI request, you may ask us to carry out an internal review of the response, by writing to:

Andrew Watson, Director for Children and Families. The Scottish Government, Victoria Quay Edinburgh EH6 6QQ. Or email at; directorforchildrenandfamilies@gov.scot

Your review request should explain why you are dissatisfied with this response and should be made within 40 working days from the date when you received this letter. We will complete the review in accordance with FOISA as soon as possible, and not later than 20 working days from the day following the date we receive your review request.

If you are not satisfied with the result of the review, you then have the right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner. More detailed information on your appeal rights is available on the Commissioner’s website at:

Appeal to the Commissioner | Scottish Information Commissioner (itspublicknowledge.info).

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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