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Dr Ian Milligan

International Project Lead

Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)

Personal statement

Ian is involved in international policy and practice development in the field of 'Alternative care' - children who are in foster, kinship or residential care. He is one of the authors of Moving Forward: Implementing the UN Guidelines on the Alternative Care of Children, published in 2013 and now translated into 6 languages including Russian and Chinese (Mandarin). With CELCIS colleagues, and other Scottish experts, Ian has provided consultancy, research, evaluation and training services in a number of countries. As International lead for CELCIS Ian is involved in building  partnerships with  UNICEF, NGOs and academic institutions to develop policy and increase the knowledge and skills of child welfare professionals across the world. Ian has acted as a consultant to the Scottish and UK governments.

Ian has research interests in many aspects of policy and practice concerning residential and foster care and related areas such as the training of care staff and social workers. With colleagues he has written and edited text-books on residential child care for social work students and others involved with 'looked after' children.

He is closely associated with developments in social pedagogy in the UK and has contributed to a number of evaluations. He is also interested in inter-professional collaboration.


The 'people' people : the many roles and relationships of social workers
Milligan Ian
Scottish EducationScottish Education, (2018)
Linking routinely collected social work, education, and health data to enable monitoring of the health and healthcare of school aged children in state care ('looked after children') in Scotland : a national demonstration project
Clark D., King A., Sharpe K., Connelly G., Elliott L., Macpherson L.M.D., McMahon A.D., Milligan I., Wilson P., Conway D.I., Wood R.
Public Health Vol 150, pp. 101-111, (2017)
Inequalities in the dental health needs and access to dental services amongst looked after children in Scotland : a population data-linkage study
McMahon Alex D, Elliott Lawrie, Macpherson Lorna MD, Sharpe Katharine H, Connelly Graham, Milligan Ian, Wilson Philip, Clark David, King Albert, Wood Rachael, Conway David I
Archives of Disease in Childhood, (2017)
International Children's Rights Symposium : In Partnership: Policymakers, Practitioners, Academia and Young People
Elsley Susan , Milligan Ian
Towards the Right Care for Children : Orientations for Reforming Alternative Care Systems - Africa, Asia, Latin America
Chaitkin Samantha, Cantwell Nigel, Gale Chrissie, Milligan Ian, Flagothier Catherine, O'Kane Claire, Connelly Graham
Alternative Child Care and Deinstitutionalisation in Sub-Saharan Africa : Findings of a Desk Review
Milligan Ian, Withington Richard, Connelly Graham, Gale Chrissie
Research and case studies for Towards the Right Care for Children, (2017)

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Professional activities

UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Child Protection conference, Minsk, Belarus
Keynote/plenary speaker
Ist International Child Protection Conference, Istanbul, Turkey
Keynote/plenary speaker
Romanian Social Services conference, Arad. Investing in children and young people - a community challenge
Keynote/plenary speaker
Launch of the Self-Assessment system for residential homes
Keynote/plenary speaker
UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional conference, Tbilisi, Georgia. Every Child has a Right to Family: Taking Stock of Results and Identifying Next Steps
Keynote/plenary speaker
Expanding and improving foster care in line with EU standards
Keynote/plenary speaker

more professional activities


Evaluation of Orkney social pedagogy training
Milligan, Ian (Principal Investigator)
Evaluation of the impact of social pedagogy training on inter-professional collaboration among Orkney Islands Council education and social work staff
Period 01-Jan-2011 - 31-Dec-2011
Looked After and Accommodated Children - dental linkage project
Connelly, Graham (Principal Investigator) Milligan, Ian (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2013 - 31-Mar-2015

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Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children (CELCIS)
Curran Building

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