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The Scottish Out of School Care Network undertakes research to support further development of school-aged childcare in Scotland. SOSCN also provides a research consultancy service and in the past have been commissioned by the Scottish Government, Scottish Consumer Council and various local authorities including Dumfries and Galloway and North Lanarkshire.

SOSCN School-age Childcare Workforce survey

SOSCN conducts an annual survey of the school-age childcare workforce in Scotland. This survey looks at workforce demographics, qualifications, pay and conditions, and job satisfaction amongst alongside other issues. The most recent report, as well as past reports are freely available for download below:


SOSCN offers a consultancy research service to external agencies and organisations- past projects have included: conducting regional childcare audits; business health checks for childcare services; consultations with children and young people on a variety of topics, as well as regional childcare overviews and policy development documents. Past clients, many of them repeat, include the Scottish Government, Scottish Consumer Council, Capability Scotland, the Big Lottery Fund (formerly New Opportunities Fund) and various local authorities including Dumfries & Galloway, East Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders and West Lothian.

The 2 lead researchers/consultants in SOSCN: Irene Audain MA (Hons) MEd Pg Dip Adv Dip and Andrew Shoolbread MA (Hons) MSc MEd Adv Dip are both qualified and experienced social researchers with over 40 years combined experience and relevant knowledge.

If you have a project which you would like to discuss with us, please contact Irene (Irene@soscn.org) or Andrew (info@soscn.org)

SOSCN Research

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