To mark its 10-year anniversary, Clan Childlaw asked law students around Scotland to write an essay answering the following question:

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.

The winner Michael Malvenda will spend a week at Clan on work experience next year. 

Many thanks to all who took part in the competition! 

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

Read Ruari Peoples' essay on children’s right to their parents and the enforcement of contact orders 

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

Download the competition flyercompetition rules, and entry form.