Clan Childlaw

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There is a significant gap between what children and young people want, and need, from their lawyers, and what they usually experience, according to new findings from Clan Childlaw. A study commissioned by the charity also found that lack of access to legal advice has major and often long-term reper

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Clan Childlaw is calling for a more child-friendly and accessible legal aid system, in response to an ongoing consultation about financial eligibility for those applying for legal aid. It said the current legal aid system expects children and young people to navigate a complicated system which is no

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The age at which a child can be charged with a crime rises from 8 to 12 tomorrow as the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 comes into force. Clan Childlaw has welcomed this change but cautions that Scotland should be "aiming much higher". Having an age of criminal responsibility is a

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Clan Childlaw has lent its support to the latest amendments to the Children (Scotland) Bill, which would widen participation in children's hearings. The bill as amended would modify the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011. As a result of the changes, certain individuals, who are curre

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Justice First Fellow Louise Herd discusses her experience as a trainee at Clan Childlaw. Clan Childlaw was founded in 2008 by Alison Reid and Fiona Jones after they recognised a need for a specialist outreach legal representation service for children and young people in Scotland.

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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. The changes will impose a duty on local authorities to take steps to promote personal relations and contact between brothers a

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