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We are now planning our OPEN TRAINING PROGRAMME 2017-2018

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Each of our training courses is designed, updated at least annually to take account of the latest legislation and good practice guidelines, and delivered by our solicitors. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Member and various discounts apply.

If you have a query about Open Training or would like to register advance interest in any of our courses please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it T. 0131 668 4400.

The Scottish Child Law Centre is a recognised leader in the provision of training on children’s rights and the law, as it affects children in Scotland. We provide a twice yearly programme of training courses which cover a wide range of topics and issues. Courses are designed to work in combination and as stand alone courses.

Training is provided by qualified solicitors working within SCLC. Each course is an intensive learning experience in a relaxed and intimate environment at our Edinburgh office; attendance is limited to 10 places. Courses run from 12.30pm to 4.00 pm (half day) or 9.30am to 4.00pm (full day). We are a 15 minute walk from Waverly Rail Station, allowing for travel from most parts of Scotland. The training sets out the legal framework for the topic with the use of scenarios, case studies, questions and informal discussion to provide practical application for those working with children in a range of contexts.

Each course is reworked and updated every year to reflect current law, guidance and good practice. These courses represent exceptional value for money and have received very positive feedback from candidates since we instituted the open training four years ago. Our Training may count towards CPD in many roles.

The new 2017-2018 course programme includes our most popular courses. If you have suggestions for inclusion in our training programme please contact us.

For reference only - below is a list of our 2016-2017 Open Training courses 

Title of Course

UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child)

Safeguarding the Sexually Active Child
Child Protection and Named Person Issues
Understanding Education Law

Beginners' Guide to Adoption Law and Adoption Law with Foreign Element

Additional Support Needs, Issues to Tribunal (updated to include the Education (SC) Act 2016)

Mental Health and Adults with Incapacity: Right to Legal Representation 
 Contact: Needs of Children and Adults 
Children's Hearings Explained: for Professionals and Families
Permanence: The Law and the Child's Journey

Confidentiality, Conflict and Consent, and Named Person 

Kinship Care: An Introduction to the Law 

What do previous candidates think about their training experience?

 "The SCLC training events have developed a formidable reputation among practitioners for robust analysis of the current law and legal processes and forensic dissection of their shortcomings" Scottish Legal News Annual Review 2015

'It will help me loads in my role with children. I wish I'd had the training months ago'. 

‘Very informative and interesting training course’ – Children’s refuge/follow on worker.

'Working as a support worker with young people, I found the course extremely useful'. 

Clarified many grey areas that I will be able to address within my workplace’ – Service Manager

‘As a Children’s Rights Officer who has looked after children and young people, many of who have been sexually or otherwise abused or committed sexual offences against other children; I felt the course was really interesting and hope to use what I have learned while working with young people and professionals.

‘Good anecdotes to bring PowerPoint to life and help me remember it’ – Young Person’s Advocacy Worker (Mental Health)

‘Will be interesting to see how this law is used in practice. Very concise, well-presented and helpful, illustrated stories and anecdotes’.

‘Feel the course useful and very informative’  - Depute Head Teacher, Support.

‘Engaging, knows the topic very well'.

‘Clear, concise, accommodating of our questions plus specific concerns-whilst maintaining the reality that only in doing can you really learn and question adequately.  Good advice about who and when to call as we are doing so’

‘Good understanding of domestic abuse and ethos of putting children first’.

‘Very passionate and inspiring’ – Children’s Worker

 'Inspirational trainer'

2017-2018 Training Costs 

Half Day:
Students/Unwaged                              £50
Small Voluntary Organisations              £80
Other                                                 £90

 Full Day (lunch included):

Students/Unwaged                             £70
Small Voluntary Organisation              £130
Other                                                £160                                                             

10% Discount available to Members of the Scottish Child Law Centre