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Free legal advice for and about children and young people - we can help you with any questions about the law

The Scottish Child Law Centre is one of only a few dedicated providers of guidance and information on matters of law concerning children and young people. We provide services throughout the whole of Scotland.

We help children and young people, their families, carers, and professionals working for and with children by providing free expert legal advice and information through our advice line, email and website.

We also provide a wide range of masterclasses and training on the law and children's rights to organisations and individuals across Scotland, and produce a range of publications on various legal issues. We also do visits to schools and young people's groups.

You can contact us for legal advice by phone, email or post. We will return all calls received, but not to international numbers.

Advice calls and e-mails - how we use your information

When you contact us by phone or by e-mail, we ask for some personal information so that our Solicitors can contact you and provide you with advice.  We will ask for your first name, telephone number, local authority area and details of your question.  We only hold information about you for as long as we need to.  After four weeks from our last contact with you, we will anonymise the information we hold by deleting your name, contact details and any other information that might identify you or anyone else.

We retain anonymised statistical data linked to local authority area to help us plan, budget and manage our resources.  We also use this statistical data to report to our funders.

We will not provide your personal information to anyone else unless required to do so by law or if we think a child is at risk of significant harm.

You have the right to see any of the information we hold about you.  You can find out more about how to this by e-mailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Scottish Child Law Centre, 54 East Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, EH8 9HD  

Registered Charity No. SCO:1274

Advice Line Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.00pm T. 0131 667 6333 Freecall Under 21s (landlines) 0800 328 8970 (mobiles) 0300 3301421  Tel. Admin Line 0131 668 4400 General enquiries: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Legal advice: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government through a CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund Grant

Scottish Child Law Centre Patron - Dame Elish Angiolini QC


Latest News

  • We have a new open training and masterclass programme for 2019/20. To book your place, download our BOOKING FORM 

    SCLC Round Table 2019 on "Adverse Childhood Experience" is being held at the Scottish Parliament on 16th May 2019 from 17:30-19:30.  The host is Gail Ross, MSP. Download a RT BOOKING REQUEST FORM.

    Our Youth Hour is up and running. If you are a child or young person you can call us anytime to get legal advice, BUT every Tuesday and Thursday between 12-1 our Solicitors will…

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