child law



Child legislation ‘potentially retrogressive’, Faculty fears

Concerns have been expressed by the Faculty of Advocates that planned legislation designed to ensure the voice of the child is heard in court could be “retrogressive”.

Published 28 November 2019

Law Society of Scotland: Education is essential next step for new smacking ban

New legislation banning the smacking of children needs to be supported by a comprehensive public education and awareness campaign, according to the Law Society of Scotland. 

Published 4 October 2019

Nicola Hogg: Scottish government launches consultation on child trafficking guardians

The Scottish government has launched a consultation on implementing section 11 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015, which supports the introduction of independent child trafficking guardians. Child law expert Nicola Hogg explains the details. 

Published 3 September 2019

Families Need Fathers Scotland calls for radical change in post-separation parenting arrangements

Families Need Fathers Scotland has produced a manifesto to coincide with the publication this week of the Scottish government's plans to reform the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

Published 2 September 2019

Lord Carloway to deliver keynote at Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland conference

The Lord President, Lord Carloway is the keynote speaker at an annual legal conference on the voice of the child in adoption and fostering.

Published 11 June 2019

Jennifer Maciver: Children and the law – a balancing act

When a legal matter involves a child, there is a fine line between protecting the child and excluding them from something which directly impacts them, writes Jennifer Maciver.

Published 10 June 2019

Views sought on incorporation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law

The Scottish government is seeking views on how best to incorporate the UN’s ‘gold standard’ for children’s rights into Scots law and improve the lives of children and young people.

Published 22 May 2019

Young people's commissioner complains to UN over failures to protect children

Scotland's commissioner for children and young people has written to the United Nations, calling on it to intervene over issues including illegal restraint and the strip-searching of under-18s.

Published 9 April 2019

Court forms seeking views of children revamped

Court forms used to seek the views of children in family and civil partnership actions are to be replaced with revamped child-friendly versions.

Published 3 April 2019

Plans to improve the law for brothers and sisters in the care system

Plans to bolster the law in relation to keeping siblings together when they are placed in local authority care, where it is in their interests to do so, have been announced.

Published 14 March 2019