Our services make an important and significant contribution to the care and learning of Scotland’s vulnerable children and young people that include those with social emotional needs, a wide range of neurodiverse challenges and sensory needs. Our unique organisations sit at the heart of specialist services for children and young people and can make a real and long-term difference to their lives.
Our network originated in the 1990’s as the Association of Residential Schools in Scotland. It subsequently changed its name in 2007 to convey its key aim which is to provide high quality education through delivering the best possible care and vice versa. EtCS is managed by representatives from 8 services who are elected on an annual basis, along with an administrator who ensures effective communication across the network at all times. Our annual conference - open to non members- and our regular virtual meetings enable us to highlight and share effective practice and ensure the sector takes account of all new national initiatives and discuss ongoing challenges such as the national commissioning framework.
Our services have changed in recent years. No longer are our children and young people housed in large Victorian buildings or do they attend education in that same environment. Young people live with only a few peers in welcoming attractive houses, supported by well trained care staff. Learning takes place in either the service’s own school or learning centre that is separate from the homes, or they attend a local mainstream school.
Some of our young people attend our schools or learning centres on a daily basis.
The status of our services varies and includes: