Children (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1 passed

The Scottish Parliament has agreed to the general principles of the Children (Scotland) Bill, passing the Bill at Stage 1 on 27th May 2020. Read the debate by MSPs here

The Committee published its report at Stage 1 of the Bill on 1st May 2020. It recommends to the Parliament that the general principles of the Bill be approved. Read the report here. Read a list of the Committee's recommendation per subject here

The Scottish Government responded to the Committee's recommendations here, signalling its intention to bring some but not all of the recommended amendments to the Bill at Stage 2.

The Lord President - the head of the Scottish Judiciary - responded to the Justice Committee's recommendations on the education of the judiciary and judicial specialisation here.

Clan Childlaw submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee which is published here. The Justice Committee took oral evidence on the Bill in December 2019, January and February 2020 - read more on the Committee website here. Clan Childlaw gave evidence on 28 January. 

2018 Public Consultation

In May 2018 the Scottish Government opened a public consultation 'Review of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and creation of a family justice modernisation strategy'.

The review was very broad in scope and included sections on obtaining the views of the child in family court actions, contact (including contact with siblings), parentage, parental responsibilities and rights, domestic abuse, and court procedure.

Please read our response to the consultation here

We submitted a joint response with Stand Up for Siblings on just the questions relating to siblings. 

All consultation responses are published on the Scottish Government Consultation Hub here and along with an Analysis of all the responses