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February 15th 2023
We are delighted to have moved our Glasgow office to a new space in the Glasgow Collective where we are joining a community of social enterprises, charities, and community interest companies. Our new address is Clan Childlaw, c/o Glasgow Collective, 15 East Campbell Street, Glasgow, G1 5DT, so please do...
January 29th 2023
As we celebrate the third anniversary of the Independent Care Review, Clan Childlaw is reflecting on what we have done so far to #KeepThePromise and our priorities and goals for the coming years. Our lawyers work with care experienced children and young people every day to protect their rights and...
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January 28th 2023
We are delighted to share that Clan Childlaw has secured funding from The Promise Partnership for the Rights In-Justice project. Through this project, Clan Childlaw will be working to ensure that children and young people in conflict with the law have their rights respected and have access to legal support where public...
January 23rd 2023
As of today, 23 January 2023, new regulations will allow siblings to apply for legal aid for a lawyer to represent them at their sibling’s Children’s Hearings. Clan welcomes this change, which will ensure that children and young people who have siblings going through the children’s hearing system can effectively participate and...
January 17th 2023
Clan Childlaw is staying open over most of the festive period, so please do get in touch if you have a problem or question. There will be a lawyer on duty every day we are open who can help with any questions or issues that come up. You might not be...
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November 29th 2022
From 29th November 2022, the rules allowing local authorities to refer people experiencing homelessness to another local authority in Scotland on the basis of local connection have been suspended.  This means that when a person makes a homelessness application a local authority cannot refuse to accommodate them because they have no...
October 26th 2022
For this year’s Care Experienced Week, we wanted to highlight the different ways we are working to protect the rights of care experienced young people.
October 3rd 2022
We are delighted to announce that Clan Childlaw is now an accredited Living Wage employer. As the cost of living increases, Clan Childlaw has taken this step to publicly commit to continuing to pay a real Living Wage to everyone who works at Clan.
September 21st 2022
New study finds that children need lawyers who are easily accessible, available when needed, and who will take the time to get to know them "over chips and cheese".
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August 11th 2022
Clan Childlaw is proud to have been involved in a new project to help inform care experienced young people about their continuing care rights.
July 13th 2022
13 Jul 2022 | We are pleased that a Street Legal case has been successful in the highest civil court in Scotland in challenging City of Edinburgh Council’s refusal to accept a homeless application from a family.
June 26th 2022
27 Jun 2022 | Clan Childlaw has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation on the Children's Care and Justice Bill. Our submission focused on the need to uphold the human rights of children who are in conflict with the law in Scotland.
May 25th 2022
25 May 2022 | Yesterday the Scottish Government announced how it plans to bring the UNCRC Bill within the Scottish Parliament’s devolved powers following the Supreme Court ruling in October 2021.
April 25th 2022
The Scottish Government is working on new laws aimed at preventing homelessness. Clan Childlaw is concerned that the proposals could represent a serious loss of rights for 16- and 17-year-olds who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.
April 6th 2022
Scottish law around evictions changed on 30 March and some of the protections that were in place during the pandemic have been removed. The new law applies to all tenants who are asked to leave their home after this date.
March 28th 2022
Clan Childlaw is launching a project to explore the need for specialist rights-focused lawyers to work alongside criminal lawyers to uphold the human rights of children who are in conflict with the law.
February 8th 2022
The legal aid system in Scotland expects children and young people to navigate a complicated system which is not designed to meet their needs. Clan Childlaw is calling for changes to create a more child-friendly and accessible legal aid system.
December 17th 2021
The age at which a child can be charged with a crime has risen from 8 to 12. Clan Childlaw welcomes this change but cautions that Scotland should be aiming much higher.
December 6th 2021
Funding from the Scottish Government will support the expansion of Clan Childlaw's work to reduce the number of care leavers experiencing homelessness.
October 27th 2021
Clan Childlaw co-hosted a webinar with Who Cares? Scotland to help support implementation of the new Scottish laws on brothers and sisters in care. A free recording of the webinar is now available.
July 26th 2021
Press Release: 26 July 2021. On 26 July, the law is changing as the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 and changing regulations give new rights to siblings in Scotland. The new law emphasises the importance of ensuring brothers and sisters live together whenever possible.
April 7th 2021
Children and young people, including care leavers, must apply to the EU Settlement scheme if they are an EU, EEA or Swiss national. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.
April 6th 2021
Clan Childlaw warmly welcomes the publication of Plan 21-24, the first of three plans which will implement The Promise over a ten-year period.
February 8th 2021
Children's Hearings Rules are changing to make sure brothers and sisters can give their views when decisions are being made which affect them seeing each other. Join us to hear more about the Rule changes on 19th April.