Enhanced trial areas

  • Dundee

  • Falkirk

Dundee and Falkirk were selected to take part in an in-depth trial of Principles into Practice, in collaboration with ARC Scotland and supported by Scottish Government officials.

These local authorities and health and social care partnerships will be supported to make tangible, sustainable and measurable improvements to the transitions support available to young people and their parents and carers.

Throughout the trials young people, their parents and carers, and professionals will work in partnership to develop, test and refine new approaches and resources.

The involvement of young people, parents and carers and staff as equal partners is essential to the effectiveness of Principles into Practice, and to making sure services are evaluated and refined in line with peoples’ lived experiences. To support this, ARC Scotland has developed Compass, a digital application, in partnership with groups of young people and of parents and carers.

Compass has two purposes.

  • To provide personalised information and guidance to help young people, parents and carers to navigate the transition to adulthood more smoothly.
  • To enable young people and their parents and carers to share their experiences with the professionals responsible for their support.


A prototype of Compass will be trialled initially with parents, carers and young people in the enhanced trial areas. Once we are confident it is effective parents and carers in other trial areas will be invited to use it.

Universal trial areas

  • Aberdeen City

  • City of Edinburgh

  • Inverclyde

  • Midlothian

  • North Lanarkshire

  • Perth & Kinross

  • Scottish Borders

  • Shetland

In addition to the enhanced trial, eight other local authority areas will be taking part in a universal trial of Principles into Practice.

These local areas will identify specific aspects of transitions in which they would like to see positive change during the trial, and will be guided and supported to test the Principles into Practice framework themselves with young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

All the areas will share their challenges and learning at facilitated learning exchange events, which will be held regularly throughout the trial period.