Inspiring a brighter future for children

Young adults from a number of European countries joined Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, to mark the official launch of the new Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures at the University of Strathclyde on June 28.

Inspiring Children’s Futures is a joint venture between CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) and the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice, in partnership with the wider international research community.

The Institute brings together world-class professionals and researchers with the shared vision of ensuring children and young people facing adversity have what they need to reach their full potential.

It will work closely with the practitioners, services and systems supporting children and young people, including those affected by offending, and those in need of protection, to investigate and tackle the root causes of social inequality and adverse childhood experiences.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: 

“The Institute will help protect children and help them overcome adversity by drawing on the skills and knowledge of professionals in Scotland and working internationally. It is an exciting collaboration, with the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland and the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice at its heart - two organisations, funded by the Scottish Government, with a wealth of expertise in supporting young people in Scotland.”

Professor Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director of the Institute of Inspiring Children’s Futures, said:

“We have a bold ambition to create a world where children and young people have what they need to reach their full potential, particularly children who experience adversity.”

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