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) to improve the commissioning of children’s services in their local area.

An important strand of the RCS work is a programme of new quantitative research – the Children’s Wellbeing Survey Programme.

To help us to understand the strengths 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. 

For younger children we will undertake a survey of parents with children aged 0 to 8.  It will also make use of data already held by councils and schools – this is referred to as data linkage.

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

If you are a school administrator or class teacher further information is available:

Primary School Survey

Secondary School Survey

The RCS team’s Development Adviser and Data and Evidence Adviser will work with the CPP to achieve these improvements via:

  • A structured three-day Development Programme
  • Proactive and ongoing support and facilitation, tailored to need
  • Practice/learning exchange sessions

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).