The past few years have seen significant developments in the law relating to siblings and their rights to participate in each other’s Children’s Hearings. These developments culminated in the Children (Scotland) Act 2020, which was passed in February 2021 and the relevant sections of which came into force on 26 July 2021.

This training course will give an overview of the new rules in place for siblings in the Children’s Hearings system and explain what they mean in practice for children and young people in Scotland.

Please note: This course is specifically for legal professionals. Training for non-legal professionals will be announced shortly.

Timetable for the session:

10.00 - 10.05 - Welcome and Introduction
10.05 – 10:45 Overview of the New Rules
10.45 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 11:45 Case Studies
11.45 – 12.00 Break
12:00 – 12:20 Practical Observations
12:20 – 13:00 Q&A

About the trainers:

Claire Osborne

Claire is a solicitor at Clan based in the Edinburgh office. She has been in this role for almost three years. Claire works with children and young people every day across all of Clan’s areas of work, including children’s hearings, care leavers’ rights, housing issues and unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Claire has a particular interest in working with children and young people who need help to re-establish or maintain and protect their relationships with their brothers and sisters. This includes representing children who want to take part in their brother or sister’s children’s hearings.

Louise Herd

Louise is also a solicitor at Clan based in our Edinburgh Office. She qualified in January 2022 after two years of a traineeship with Clan Childlaw. Louise regularly attend's Children’s Hearings on behalf of children and young people. She has represented clients at sibling’s hearings prior to and following the introduction of the new legislation and status of participation individual. Louise's involvement in representing siblings and protecting sibling relationships extends beyond the Children’s Hearing System and includes seeking to preserve these relationships in the course of permanence proceedings, and through the raising of Section 11 actions within sheriff court.


This training is online and will take place on Zoom. 

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