What RCS means for teachers and other professionals

The Realigning Children’s Services (RCS) programme is being run by the Scottish Government . An important strand of the RCS work is a programme of quantitative research – the Children’s Wellbeing Survey.

To help us to understand the needs of the local child population, pupils in primary (classes 5-7) and secondary schools (classes 1-4) are asked to take part in a survey on health and wellbeing. The surveys are administered online, in a classroom setting. Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary. Parents/carers and pupils are able to opt out ahead of the survey. Pupils are able to opt out at any time during the survey and/or skip any questions they do not wish to answer. The responses will be linked to local authority administrative data through a secure data linkage process.

The RCS programme also asks the participating Community Planning Partnerships (CPP) to gather information on the services for children, young people and families that are currently available locally.

This information will then be used to help each CPP to plan services for children, young people and their families that are focused more on need and promoting early intervention or prevention. 

The RCS team will offer support to the local Community Planning Partnership to identify improvements and how to take these forward.

This work is being conducted by two of Scotland’s leading survey research organisations – ScotCen Social Research and Ipsos MORI – and draws on their respective skills and experience of conducting major national studies, such as the Growing Up in Scotland survey and SALSUS (Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use survey).

Further detail is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.