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Legal Advice

We provide free legal advice by telephone or email on all aspects of Scots law relating to children and young people. This is a national service, available to anyone in Scotland or where Scots law has jurisdiction. 

We can advise you on issues such as education, health, social work, separation, residence, contact, children's rights, youth offenders and access to files.

If you are under 21 and want to talk to someone about how the law affects you, call our freephone advice line on 0800 328 8970 (from landlines) or 0300 3301421 (from mobiles).

If you are a parent, relative or carer, a professional who works with or for children and have a question about any aspect of child law you can call us on 0131 667 6333.

You can send us an email through the website by completing the CONTACT FORM

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Our advice line is open Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4pm

All calls are confidential.  To find out more, please see our confidentiality policy.


The Scottish Child Law Centre seeks to ensure that the information published on its website is up to date and accurate. However, the information on the website does not constitute legal or professional advice and the Scottish Child Law Centre cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. The Scottish Child Law Centre cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.

Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.


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