Join us at our Conference, ‘Defending Children’s Human Rights in Scotland: Where are we now?’ which celebrates  the 10th anniversary of our unique outreach law centre for children and young people.

2018 is the Year of Young People and the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Act 1998, so we have chosen children and young people’s human rights as the focus of our Conference. Join us as we  reflect on the human rights issues we have encountered in our work as lawyers for children and young people over the last 10 years,  and look ahead to future challenges in making the law work better for children and young people in Scotland.

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Speakers will include 

Alison Reid, Chief Executive and Principal Solicitor, Clan Childlaw, 

Fiona Jones, Policy and Advocacy Consultant, Clan Childlaw,

Bruce Adamson, Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People,

Juliet Harris, Director at Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights),

Dr Aoife Daly, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool University School of Law and author of 'Children Autonomy and the Courts: Beyond the Right to be Heard'

Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and

Children Human Rights Defenders, Children's Parliament

Our interactive workshops will allow you an opportunity to learn more and discuss important issues and developments in children's rights including:-

Care Leavers' Legal Rights

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 entitles some care leavers to continue in the same place with the same support that they were receiving before leaving care and entitles all care leavers to help to prepare for leaving care and to advice, guidance and assistance to support them in their transition to adulthood.  This workshop will explain how the law creates a right to support for care leaver in Scotland and will explore some ways practitioners can help young people realise these rights in the “real world”.

Looked After Children: Maintaining Sibling Links

Looked after children often lose contact with their siblings, losing a key relationship and a support to overcome adversity and improve outcomes.  There are practical steps that can be taken by professionals to help facilitate appropriate sibling.  This workshop will outline how the law can be used to facilitate appropriate sibling contact and explore how early interventions can help young people exercise their rights.

Children's Hearings: Disclosure of Offending Behaviour in Later Life 

Workshop to look at the legal implications of a child or young person who has been accused of offending behaviour within the Children's Hearings System. This will include when a child or adult has a duty to disclose previous offences established in the children's hearing system, how different offences are treated under the law relating to disclosure and the human rights challenges that have arisen in recent years in relation to the scheme. 

Hearing Children in Court: Article 12 and Beyond

When courts are making decisions about a child's best interests, how well do we ensure that children are heard? Is the "right to be heard" enough? Should we instead be looking beyond this to the child's autonomy? The Children (Scotland) Act 1995 is under review. This workshop will examine what improvements could be made to how children are heard, and what children's autonomy in the courts might mean in practice.

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