What RCS means for teachers and other professionals

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

To help us to understand the strengths, needs and possible concerns in the local child population, pupils in primary and secondary schools are asked to take part in a survey on health and wellbeing. 

The RCS programme also asks CPPs to gather information on the services for children and families that are currently available locally. This information will be used together with the information on children’s wellbeing from the surveys – this is referred to as data linkage.

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

The RCS team will work with local CPPs 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).

Schools can request the survey instructions and supporting materials by emailing RCS: rcs@gov.scot

Further detail is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.