Emergency measures in Scotland have not restricted the legal responsibilities local authorities have towards care experienced young people.

Our lawyers are helping care experienced clients resolve situations where their local authority has not fulfilled their duties to them during the pandemic.

If you are told your entitlements are affected by coronavirus, a lawyer may be able to help.

Here are examples of things that our lawyers have been able to help with during the pandemic:

Seeing Family

Sophia*, 14, was living in residential care and, until the pandemic, often went to stay overnight with family. When Covid-19 started, she wasn’t allowed to do that anymore. The local authority had decided there was to be no overnights or face to face contact in any circumstances because of covid risks. A solicitor from Clan Childlaw was able to legally challenge this and Sophia was able to see her family again.

Being asked to leave accommodation

17-year-old Michael* was living in supported accommodation. He was warned that he had broken the Covid-19 regulations and would be asked to leave his accommodation if this happened again. A Clan Childlaw solicitor helped Michael complain to his local authority because there had been an incorrect application of the regulations.

*names have been changed

Read more: we have produced webinars and toolkits covering four issues that we know have been difficult throughout the pandemic: contact with familymoving accommodationcare leavers' rights to continuing care and after care and housing and homelessness