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Personal Statement

Ian is involved in international policy and practice development in the field of 'Alternative care' - children who are in foster, kinship or residential care. He is one of the authors of Moving Forward: Implementing the UN Guidelines on the Alternative Care of Children, published in 2013 and now translated into 6 languages including Russian and Chinese (Mandarin). With CELCIS colleagues, and other Scottish experts, Ian has provided consultancy, research, evaluation and training services in a number of countries. As International lead for CELCIS Ian is involved in building  partnerships with  UNICEF, NGOs and academic institutions to develop policy and increase the knowledge and skills of child welfare professionals across the world. Ian has acted as a consultant to the Scottish and UK governments.

Ian has research interests in many aspects of policy and practice concerning residential and foster care and related areas such as the training of care staff and social workers. With colleagues he has written and edited text-books on residential child care for social work students and others involved with 'looked after' children.

He is closely associated with developments in social pedagogy in the UK and has contributed to a number of evaluations. He is also interested in inter-professional collaboration.

Industrial Relevance

Ian Milligan worked in church based youth and community projects before going to work in local authority children's homes in Glasgow in 1983.  Starting off as a houseparent he worked in a number of homes and became a home manager.  His last post was setting up a small unit for younger children which opened in Glasgow in 1990.

Ian then moved into teaching social work and social care in Further Education at Langside College in Glasgow, before moving to the University of Strathclyde.

Ian has been on the staff of SIRCC - the predecessor organisation to CELCIS - from its origins in 1999.  In June 2000 he was appointed as a SIRCC-funded lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Strathclyde University.  From June 2000 until 2003 he headed the academic team developing the new residential child care pathway on the BA/DipSW course.  In October 2003 he took on the coordination of the SIRCC short course (in-service) programme, and in June 2005 was appointed one of two Assistant Directors. In that role he has taken the lead in policy matters and continued to undertake research and consultancy. Ian was a member of two of the working groups that made up the National Residential Childcare Initiative (NRCCI), 2008-09. He is the author of the 'Commissioning' report, one of 4 NRCCI reports. Latterly he has been involved in developing links with colleagues overseas and his current role in CELCIS is Service Lead for International Work.

Academic / Professional qualifications

MA (Hons), CSS, PhD

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Master of Arts, University of Glasgow


  • looked after children
  • residential care
  • social pedagogy
  • training of residential workers
  • risk and child care
  • foster care
  • international collaboration
  • Alternative care

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Projects 2011 2015

SOS/EU Care Leaving Training - Training Professionals working with Children in care

Gale, C., Hill, L., McGhee, K., Milligan, I. & Paterson, C.

European Commission - Other

Project: Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Course)Knowledge Exchange (Training / Short Courses)

Selected Research Output 2001 2019

Moving Forward: Implementing The United Nations Guidelines For The Alternative Care Of Children

Cantwell, N., Davidson, J., Elsley, S., Milligan, I. & Quinn, N., 7 Mar 2013, UK. 127 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
UN General Assembly
party state
number of children

Residential child care: between home and family

Connelly, G. & Milligan, I., 18 Oct 2012, Edinburgh. 100 p. (Policy & Practice in Health and Social Care; vol. 17)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

child care
government policy
private provision

Assessment of the Foster Care Pilot Project in Albania

Stevens, I., Connelly, G. & Milligan, I., Oct 2013, Glasgow. 43 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

pilot project
mobile social services

The Scottish children’s home: an evolving model of residential provision for vulnerable children

Milligan, I. & Furnivall, J., Jun 2011, In : Children Australia. 36, 2, p. 66-73 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Child Care
Health Services

Social pedagogy and inter-professional practice: evaluation of Orkney Islands training programme

Vrouwenfelder, E., Milligan, I. & Merrell, M., Feb 2012, Glasgow. 50 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
social pedagogy
training program
child care

Residential Child Care: Collaborative Practice

Milligan, I. M. & Stevens, I., 2006

Research output: Book/ReportBook

child care
social work

Selected Activities 2008 2014

Romanian Social Services conference, Arad. Investing in children and young people - a community challenge

Ian Milligan (Keynote/plenary speaker)
29 May 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

Launch of the Self-Assessment system for residential homes

Ian Milligan (Keynote/plenary speaker)
26 Feb 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional conference, Tbilisi, Georgia. Every Child has a Right to Family: Taking Stock of Results and Identifying Next Steps

Ian Milligan (Keynote/plenary speaker)
26 Nov 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

The Fostering Network (External organisation)

Ian Milligan (Member)
Jan 2013Dec 2015

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Expanding and improving foster care in line with EU standards

Ian Milligan (Keynote/plenary speaker)
25 Feb 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences