Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland

Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) is a partnership between the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) that has been developed in response to one of the wicked issues of our time. Despite record levels of investment, levels of child poverty in Scotland continue to rise and children growing up in poverty continue to fall behind across a broad range of outcomes.

CNS is a distinctive and innovative approach that brings together people, organisations and other resources in a local area so that they can all work more collaboratively to promote better lives for the children and young people living there. Put simply, CNS aims to ensure that activity within a neighbourhood has more impact than the sum of its parts.

Through collaboration and partnership working, CNS supports practical developments on the ground within communities - including building children and young people’s capacity and engagement whilst researching and evaluating activity. This research and development approach draws on the expertise and experience within the University and GCPH, and combines this with local insight and intelligence from within the community and across the public, private and third sectors.

The first pilot site was officially launched in 2018 in the communities of Bridgeton and Dalmarnock in the east end of Glasgow. This was subsequently supported by the Scottish Government’s Every Child, Every Chance: Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan (2018- 2022) to expand to a further five sites in a range of urban, town and rural settings.

As the programme evolves and expands over the next twelve months, the research and evaluative activity will inform and refine the approach taken locally, support community activity, and will develop networks to share learning and lessons between CNS sites, across Scotland and more widely through our national and international networks.

PI and Co-Is

PI - Professor Chris Chapman - University of Glasgow, School of Education

Start and End Date

April 2019 – March 2022

Funder and Funding Amount

Scottish Government: £2.2million

Additional funding: Baillie Gifford, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, South Lanarkshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council.

Related Publications

COVID-19: Exploring Local Responses (Early Insight Papers)

Capabilities Research Model

CNS Evaluation Strategy 2019-2022

CNS Local Research Programme Overview

Place-based approaches to support children and young people (Literature Review)

Using the Capabilities Approach with children and young people (Literature Review)

Chapman, C. , Drever, A., McBride, M., Orr, C. and Weakley, S. (2019) Leading place-based interventions to improve outcomes in low socio-economic settings. In: Townsend, T. (ed.) Instructional Leadership and Leadership for Learning in Schools: Understanding Theories of Leading. Series: Palgrave studies on leadership and learning in teacher education. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 379-400. ISBN 9783030237356 (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-23736-3_15)

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