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***Volunteer Vacancies***

We have no placement vacancies for 2020 Summer

We are delighted that you would like to volunteer at the Scottish Child Law Centre. Please read the information below on the types of volunteering opportunities we provide and the information we require from you as a prospective volunteer.


Types of volunteering

The Scottish Child Law Centre offers two types of volunteering opportunity: volunteer placements and weekly volunteering.

Volunteer placements

Volunteer placements are full-time placements lasting for a minimum of four weeks up to a number of months, depending on the volunteer’s availability. They are open to local and foreign law students. Find out more about volunteer placements here and download the Volunteer Application Form 2019/20

Weekly volunteers

Weekly volunteers attend on a set day (morning or afternoon) each week. Weekly volunteering positions are available throughout the summer as well as during term-time. Weekly volunteers include local law students and non-legal volunteers.


Our weekly volunteer times are usually 9:30am – 12:30pm or 12:30pm to 4:00pm. Sometimes we are able to facilitate a volunteer attending from 9:30am – 4:00pm (which includes an hour for lunch), or more than one morning or afternoon each week. If you are applying to become a weekly volunteer, think about the days and times you would like to commit to between Monday and Friday.

Find out more about volunteering weekly as a local law student here and download the volunteer application form 2019/2020

School Placements, Young People and Non-Legal Volunteers

-      Please see our section on School Placements, Young People and Non-Legal Volunteers

     Completing an application to volunteer with us

After reading the information on the types of volunteering we offer please complete the relevant application form. Before completing an application please note that all volunteer positions are unpaid and we are unable to reimburse travel/living expenses.


All applications for volunteering must contain:


  • A completed volunteer application form (either ‘weekly volunteer application’ or ‘volunteer placement application)
  • Two references (see guidance below)


We also need to carry out some ID checks before we are able to accept your application, so you will need to provide:

  • Your passport / visa / valid national identity card.  
  • Confirmation of your address



Please note that for any application to be considered, we need to see two full references (i.e. not just the contact details of your referees). Please include these as an attachment along with your application form and copy of passport and send these to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Your referees may wish some guidance on what the duties of a volunteer are and what we require in a reference and this can be found below.


Referee Guidance

Referees should provide some information commenting on your ability to carry out general administration duties / legal research / act as a call-handler on our advice line / produce simple reports based on information related to the advice line. References can be forwarded to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Information for non-UK national volunteers

SCLC provides opportunities for non-UK nationals to volunteer with us. The experience is rewarding for the volunteer and brilliant for the Scottish Child Law Centre; we could not do our valuable work without the support of our fantastic volunteers. Check out our volunteer blog for some volunteers’ experiences of their time at SCLC. For non-UK nationals there are specific regulations in relation to eligibility to work in the UK which we must follow in assessing and approving any applications received.


Under UK law no one can undertake employment or volunteering in Scotland unless their immigration status permits them to do so. While the Scottish Child Law Centre is committed to equal opportunities and to providing volunteering opportunities, it is essential that these legal requirements are complied with.


In order for us to offer a volunteer place to a non-UK national we must receive confirmation that the applicant has the right to work in the UK.


Volunteer placements cannot begin until confirmation has been received that the applicant is entitled to work in the UK and that the proposed hours are within the permitted limit (if applicable).

Read Personal Stories from our Current and Previous Volunteer Solicitors

 Read personal stories from our Current and Previous Volunteer Placements

Read Personal Stories from our Previous Non-Legal Volunteers


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