Lawyers for Children is a unique membership opportunity for legal professionals who are interested in developing their skills in representing children and young people.   

Our vision is for a Scotland where all children and young people’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled. For that to happen, Scotland must be a place where all children and young people can stand up for their rights. As a member you will be part of a professional community that shares a commitment to a Scotland where children have access to their rights.

Why Join Lawyers for Children?  

If your legal practice involves the representation of children and young people, then our unique Lawyers for Children membership will support you to develop skills in child centred practice. As the UNCRC is incorporated into domestic law, it is vitally important for solicitors to consider the specific needs of younger clients who will be looking to enforce these new rights. Our membership will provide you with the information and support you need to adapt your practice to meet that increasing need.

Why us? 

Clan Childlaw is a children’s charity and centre for excellence in child centred legal representation. For 16 years Clan has been delivering pioneering child centred legal outreach services and have learned exactly what being a good lawyer for children means. We have developed a unique set of communication skills and knowledge about child development, trauma and children’s environments and experience, enabling us to put the child’s needs and views at the centre of legal processes. Clan calls this working in a “child-centred” way.

We bring that unique practice-based knowledge to every aspect of our work from our specialist training to our helpline supporting others who help children to use their voices and their rights, to our work to influence children’s rights respecting changes to practice, policy and law.

What are the Membership Benefits?  

By joining Lawyers for Children, you can access a whole host of exclusive resources to develop your skills in working with and representing children.

Membership benefits include: 

  • Access to child-centred materials/guidance from Clan to enable law firms to embed child-centred practice, including: a glossary of terms, guide to legal aid for children, top tips for your practice and a guide to the legal issues children and young people commonly face. 
  •  Members only blogs sharing reflections on the learnings from Clan’s years of expertise in this area.  
  • Discounted access to Clan events featuring headline speakers, experts in specific fields/areas, and opportunities to network with a multi-disciplinary audience
  • Referral pathway for members who have completed the Law Society Certified course on child centred practice (coming soon). 
  • CPD at a reduced rate 
  • Quarterly Lunch and Learn sessions: knowledge exchange opportunities with your peers within the network and Clan Childlaw solicitors.   

Who can become a member?  

Any legal professional with an interest in providing legal representation to children.  

  • Members of the faculty of Advocates
  • Solicitors working with children and young people  
  • Solicitors who want to represent children and young people 
  • Trainee solicitors 

How can I become a member?  

Complete this membership sign up form  When the membership fees have been paid, we will send you a welcome pack and you will be able to access your exclusive benefits.  

How much does it cost?  

Membership categories: 

  • Individual – £199 
  • Group (up to 3) – £550 

Membership runs on an annual basis. We will be in touch with you 6 weeks before your membership expires to discuss options for renewal/upgrade.  

If you have any more questions, please get in touch with us today: 

Terms and conditions  

  • Membership forms can be submitted online via our website. We aim to process all membership applications within two working days.  
  • All applications will be reviewed by Clan Childlaw to ensure that all necessary information is complete  
  • New membership information is processed by Clan Childlaw. 
  • Membership runs for a 12-month period. 
  • Our membership pricing structure may change on an annual basis and our members will be notified of any changes in advance of their upcoming renewal date. 
  • The benefits included in membership are subject to change during the 12-month period.
  • If membership fees are not paid within the first three months of membership, Clan Childlaw has the right to cancel the membership.
  • Membership renewal: All memberships are automatically renewed each year. You will receive a reminder 6 weeks in advance of this to provide the opportunity for individuals/organisations to cancel their membership. 
  • If membership renewal invoice has been issued and not paid after 8 weeks, members will be notified that their membership has been automatically deactivated. You may reactivate your membership by notifying our Training and Membership Co-Ordinator and an updated invoice will be issued.