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The Childhood Policy Landscape in Scotland: a case study

By Professor Kay Tisdall

This case study provides an overview of key developments, with a particular emphasis on recent decades, trends and future directions.

The case study begins with a section to set the context for childhood policy in Scotland. It continues with an overview of key initiatives, such as the overarching strategy for children’s services ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’. These initiatives are then analysed under four themes, which capture key trends: the move to early intervention and prevention; Scotland’s commitment to social justice; on-going concerns about interagency coordination; and the increasing attention to children’s human rights. The case study finishes by reflecting on future directions and opportunities, advocating for continued commitment to ensure children’s human rights are realised in their lives.