Our Policy Development Unit aims to improve outcomes for children and young people by contributing to policy development in relation to the realisation of their rights across Scotland. We are uniquely placed to base our policy work on the evidence gathered from our direct legal representation of children and young people. We use our legal knowledge, skills and expertise to advance policy and its implementation.
We provide briefings, respond to government consultations and give expert written and oral evidence to parliamentary committees on issues which have implications for children and young people.
We work collaboratively with many other organisations and individuals on a range of child law issues and are always keen to hear from anyone who thinks they might want to work with us on a particular issue. If you would like to get in touch, please email our Policy & Advocacy Consultant, Fiona Jones, at [email protected].
Children and young people's rights can only be secured through proper access to justice. Access to legal aid must be independent and confidential.Read more
Children and young people should enjoy the same legal protection against assault as adults. We support the proposed bill to end the defence of 'justifiable assault' in Scots law.Read more
The very different nature of childhood offending behaviour from adult offending should be better reflected in law and adverse implications for later life minimised.Read more
The minimum age of criminal responsibility, currently 8 years old in Scotland, should be raised in line with international standards to ensure harmful behaviours displayed by children are treated as child protection concerns rather than criminal matters.Read more
It is essential that children and young people's privacy rights are protected when professionals share information under the Named Person scheme. We intervened in the Supreme Court 'Named Person' case to put forward the children's rights perspective.Read more
The law as it currently stands does not allow looked after children to easily address sibling separation and contact. We are calling for the law to be changed to place local authorities under a duty to promote sibling contact for children in their care.Read more