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Legal Advice

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 on matter related to parental responsibilities and rights, residence, contact, children's rights, youth offenders, education, health, social work, 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). You can contact us anytime or during may wish to calls us during our dedicated "Youth Hour" which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday between 12 and 1 o’clock , when our solicitors only take calls from children and young people.  

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. Alternatively you can contact us by email - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Our advice line is open Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4pm. If you are contacting us out with these times please leave us a message.

All queries received by the Centre are confidential. We will not provide your personal information to anyone else unless required to do so by law or if we think you or another person is at risk of significant harm. To find out more, please request to see our confidentiality and child protection policy. 

Advice calls and e-mails - how we use your information

When you contact us by phone or by e-mail, our volunteers will ask you some personal information so that our Solicitors can contact you and provide you with fee legal information.  We will ask for your first name, telephone number, local authority area where you are calling from and details of your question.  We only hold information about you for as long as we need to.  After no more than four weeks from our last contact with you, we will anonymise the identifiable information we hold about you by deleting your name, contact details and any other information that might identify you or anyone else from your call or email.

We retain anonymised statistical data linked to local authority area to help us plan, budget and manage our resources.  We also use this statistical data to report to our funders.

We will not provide your personal information to anyone else unless required to do so by law or if we think you or another person is at risk of significant harm.

You have the right to see any of the information we hold about you.  You can find out more about this by e-mailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 2018.