What is Realigning Children’s Services?

The Realigning Children’s Services (RCS) programme is run by the Scottish Government and Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs). It gathers and analyses information which can help communities identify how to make services better at meeting children’s needs, and to meet those needs as quickly as possible.

RCS is a way for communities to consider how local children’s services are ‘Getting it right for every child’ – Scotland’s national ambition. This way of working empowers services and families to work better together to offer the right help at the right time, from the right people.

RCS has already supported five local authorities since it began in 2015. It worked with:

  • Clackmannanshire, West Lothian and South Lanarkshire (phase 1)
  • North Lanarkshire and Falkirk (phase 2).

Currently, RCS programme is working with Dumfries and Galloway, Moray and South Ayrshire (phase 3).

RCS supports the participating CPPs and partners in a collaborative, honest and transparent manner. One of the ways to achieve this is the RCS wellbeing surveys which take place in school for pupils in primary five to seven and secondary one to four. Before we can begin improving children’s services we need to understand the wellbeing levels of our children and young people. The best way to do this is to let them tell us themselves.

We also provide other evidence collection tools as well as development opportunities for senior staff to help transformational change to happen and facilitate strategic discussions on planning services.

To help us do this we have a Strategic Partnership Group (SPG) of experts from the wider environment in which RCS operates.

The SPG also provides advice to the RCS Programme Board which is there to act as advocates for the Realigning Children’s Services programme, championing the programme and providing appropriate governance.

Who do we work with?

We are working with a range of partners in the delivery of the programme, including CPPs, survey suppliers, third sector organisations and experts in the various elements of the programme.

 

The latest on RCS activities and related material is provided within the news section.