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 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. We see as part of our work the provision of evidence collection tools, development opportunities for senior staff to help transformational change to happen and direct facilitation in 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.