On 17 December the Scottish Government hosted the first CHIP seminar, at Victoria Quay, Edinburgh. The seminar focussed on research published by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) in January 2018 – ‘Complexity in the lives of looked after children and their families in Scotland: 2003 to 2016’. The research was presented by Pauline Proudfoot (SCRA) and Nick Hobbs (Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland) and by Dr Ruth Woods (Robert Gordon University).

Dr Gillian Henderson (SCRA) presented some preliminary findings from research into Compulsory Supervision Orders at home which is due to be published at the beginning of 2019. We hope that we will explore the Home Supervision research in more detail within a seminar, once it has been published next year. A CHIP briefing paper will also be published in January 2019, to summarise the interesting and thoughtful discussions which took place on the day.

The three presentations from the event on 17 December are available here – Presentation 1, Presentation 2, Presentation 3 – together with a briefing paper on the research on complexity in the lives of looked after child.

We hope that this seminar will be the first of a series of events to be hosted by CHIP and we would welcome any feedback in relation to the seminar itself or in relation to events we could hold in the future. Please contact Melissa.Hunt@scra.gsi.gov.uk or elaine.adams@strath.ac.uk if you have any thoughts or ideas.

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