Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland logoChildren’s Neighbourhoods Scotland will receive £2 million of funding as part of the Scottish Government’s plans to address child poverty.

The funding was announced this afternoon by Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, in her statement about the publication of Every Child, Every Chance: Scotland’s First Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022

Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland is an innovative place-based approach designed to tackle child poverty by supporting the collective impact of services and community empowerment to improve outcomes for all children in a neighbourhood.

Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) is a collaboration between What Works Scotland and Policy Scotland at the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH)  and based at the Social Research Hub at Olympia in the East End of Glasgow.

See the announcement at the Scottish Parliament


Professor Chris Chapman, Director of Policy Scotland and Co-Director of What Works Scotland, said:

“This commitment by Scottish Government is testimony to all of the team’s hard work establishing a robust collaboration between the University and GCPH and dedication to building authentic relationships with the community, key stakeholders and service providers. We now have the support that will enable us to build on our early work by embedding and extending this approach across Glasgow and other neighbourhoods throughout Scotland.

“Working with a range of public, third sector and private partners CNS is a research-led, place-based approach designed to support communities and services to tackle poverty and inequalities in neighbourhoods across Scotland. This place-based approach is s distinctive Scottish approach that draws on the learning and lessons from across Scotland, the rest of the UK and further a field.

“CNS is not a quick fix. It is a long-term sustainable way of working designed to tackle inter-generational cycles of inequality by bringing communities and services together in new and exciting ways. This requires building strong and trusting relationships and rethinking roles and responsibilities to better meet the specific needs of children in particular neighbourhoods.

“In addition to developing additional children’s neighbourhoods in Glasgow we anticipate prototyping the model in different contexts including urban, town and rural settings to establish which elements of the model are transferable across different contexts in Scotland and which relate to specific contexts. In this sense we are developing an evidence-based framework and set of principles that can improve outcomes for children in neighbourhoods across Scotland.”

Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland website