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About Us

What We Do

The Scottish Child Law Centre is an independent charitable organisation, based in Edinburgh, which provides services to the whole of Scotland.  The aim of the Centre is to promote knowledge and use of Scots law and children's rights for the benefit of children and young people in Scotland.

We provide a free legal advice service, by telephone, email and text message, on all aspects of Scots law relating to children and young people, including education; health; social work; divorce; residence; contact; children's rights; youth offenders; and access to files. Unlike other advice services, all our calls are answered by fully qualified lawyers. 

In addition the Centre provides training on all aspects of the law in Scotland as it affects children and young people, workshops to youth groups and schools, speakers for conferences, responds to changes in legislation and organises conferences and seminars.   The Centre also produces up-to-date publications on a range of issues relating to children and young people.

The Centre also has a consultative and advisory function for local and central government and, through this, constantly seeks to improve the content and practice of child law.

Our Staff, Board of Trustees and Patrons

To read profiles of our staff, Board members and patrons click here.


To read what people have said about our service, click here. If you would like to submit feedback on your experience please get in touch.

Legal Advice

If you are looking for legal advice on any issues relating to child and family law, we can help. Click here to find out how to contact us.


Scottish Child Law Centre is regularly involved in submitting comment to Scottish Government on draft legislation. To read recent submissions click here.


Solictors Wanted!

Are you a solictor who practices in the area of family law, child law, education law, children's hearings or related areas?

If so then please get in touch to let us know who you are and your details. We are building up a database of solicitor's practicing in these areas in Scotland as we are frequently asked for the names of solicitors. Please also tell the Law Society of Scotland as we refer many people to the records department for names of solicitors in their area.