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Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) is a distinctive approach to improving outcomes, services and opportunities for all children and young people in neighbourhoods with high levels of poverty. The approach is neighbourhood-based and has the agency, voice and empowerment of children and young people and communities at its core empowerment.

Working in partnership with local public, private and third sector organisations CNS aims to improve the involvement of children and young people in local decision-making and to ensure that efforts across services are co-ordinated for children and families in the communities in which they live. 

CNS adopts a holistic approach which is driven by the views and input of children, young people and their families, community members and local professionals.

The expansion of CNS in Scotland is supported by the national Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan; Every Child, Every Chance: tackling child poverty delivery plan 2018-2022 as a mechanism to alleviate the impacts of child poverty.

Over the duration of the programme a total of six CNS sites will be established making it possible to examine how transferable the approach is in a range of contexts and settings. 

There are currently two CNS sites, one in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock in Glasgow’s east end and one in Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire. Further sites in Glasgow City and in a rural community and small town are being identified and will become part of the programme in 2020.

Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland is a collaborative centre, developed by Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Policy Scotland and Robert Owen Centre at the University of Glasgow.

Further information on this programme can be found on the CNS website.  

Related topic: Places and regeneration