A new bill which would allow children to take public bodies to court for breaches of their rights by incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law should be extended to include private sector and voluntary organisations who deliver public services, according to MSPs.
Published 21 December 2020
A survey has revealed support for changes in the law to promote shared parenting.
Published 19 June 2020
The Supreme Court has today refused appeals by siblings challenging legislation which did not allow them relevant person status in the children’s hearing, but at the same time recognised the need to involve siblings in decisions by the hearing.
Published 18 June 2020
Amanda Masson explains the details of a recent high-profile family law case.
Published 16 June 2020
Legislation to ensure that the rights of children are at the heart of any family law case, and that their views are heard, has passed its first hurdle at Holyrood.
Published 28 May 2020
Shared Parenting Scotland has called for action to prevent a logjam of family cases in the Scottish courts once normal business resumes.
Published 16 April 2020
Explaining decisions about their future to children should not become a required part of a judge’s duty, the Faculty of Advocates believes.
Published 29 January 2020
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
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
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 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
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
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
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