Clan Childlaw opened its doors in 2008 as a free, child-centred outreach legal service for children and young people. 10 years on, it is a thriving law centre with offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh and a track record in advocating for children's rights in Scotland and delivering high quality training on child law. You can hear more about why Clan was set up and our current work in these podcasts

Children's Rights Essay Competition for Law Students

To mark our 10-year anniversary, we asked law students around Scotland:  

What is the biggest children’s rights issue in Scotland and how can the law be used to resolve it?  

The judging panel was very impressed by the high standard of the essays and the great thinking amongst the authors on how the law can be used to further children and young people rights in Scotland. The entries identified a variety of issues as urgent rights issues for children today.

The judging panel selected three essays which stood out and were particularly well argued: many congratulations to the winner Michael Malvenda and runners-up Ruari Peoples and Hannah Smethurst! 

Clan is delighted to publish all three essays:

Read Michael Malvenda's essay on exploring how children's rights are impeded by poverty

Read Hannah Smethurst's essay on technology, data protection and safeguarding

The winner Michael Malvenda spent a week with the Clan team in May 2019. 

Many thanks to all who took part in the competition! 

Swim Loch Lomond!

Clan colleagues braved the chilly waters of Loch Lomond in the Great Scottish Swim on Saturday 25th August. Huge thanks to everyone who sponsored us

10 Years 10 Munros Fundraising Challenge

Our 10 years 10 munros challenge is raising money for Clan Childlaw's services for children and young people. Please consider donating here to help us reach our fundraising target!

Anniversary Conference

Thank you to everyone who came to our anniversary conference on 11th May, "Defending Children's Human Rights in Scotland: Where are we now?". We had a great day with fantastic speakers Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People's Commissioner, Aoife Daly, University of Liverpool, Juliet Harris, Together, and Children's Parliament. Please check out the twitter feed from the conference using #clanat10 and #childrightsscot and our article published in The Journal online.

Thanks so much to filmmaker Hugh Farrell, Children's Parliament and CYCPS for creating these films which capture the day and feature brilliant contributions from children's human rights defenders Anna, Alexander, Cameron and Emily, Bruce and Juliet:


Here are a few of our photos of the day: 

For further information about any of our anniversary events and fundraising, please contact us.