What We Do
The Scottish Child Law Centre is an independent charitable organisation, based in Edinburgh, which provides services to the whole of Scotland. The aim of the Centre is to promote knowledge and use of Scots law and children's rights for the benefit of children and young people in Scotland.
We provide a free legal advice service, by telephone, email and text message, on all aspects of Scots law relating to children and young people, including education; health; social work; divorce; residence; contact; children's rights; youth offenders; and access to files. Unlike other advice services, all our calls are answered by fully qualified lawyers. We are also working in conjunction with Barnardos on a new Project 'Take Note' which provides information and support on the Additional Support Needs of children and young people.
In addition the Centre provides training on all aspects of the law in Scotland as it affects children and young people, workshops to youth groups and schools, speakers for conferences, responds to changes in legislation and organises conferences and seminars. The Centre also produces up-to-date publications on a range of issues relating to children and young people.,
The Centre also has a consultative and advisory function for local and central government and, through this, constantly seeks to improve the content and practice of child law.
Morag Driscoll (Director)
Morag is a qualified solicitor with a background in family law practice and representing children and has been a Reporter to the Children's Hearing. Morag has been a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland and is currently Convenor of their Family Law Committee.
Iris Quar (Solicitor)
Iris is a qualified solicitor with a background in family law practice and extensive experience in advising on child law issues. Iris is a Trustee and member of the management committee of the Still Birth and Neonatal Death Society Lothians (SANDS) an organisation which supports the bereaved families of stillborn babies and babies who die shortly after their birth.
Evelyn Hay (Office Manager)
Evelyn is the Office Manager at the Scottish Child Law Centre. She has over 20 year's experience of working in the voluntary sector and has a particular interest in supporting work with children and young people.
Paul Taylor (Trainee Solicitor)
Paul has recently graduated in law from the University of Edinburgh and is very interested in child/family law. Paul has a natural enthusiasm for this area of law and is looking forward to working with the rest of the SCLC team.
Joanna Morgan (Solicitor)
Joanna is a newly qualified solicitor, with pre-qualification experience in Family Law and Immigration and Asylum Law. Joanna is the solicitor for our Take Note Project and specialises in the law relating to Additional Support Needs.
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Are you a solictor who practices in the area of family law, child law, education law, children's hearings or related areas?If so then please get in touch to let us know who you are and your details. We are building up a database of solicitor's practicing in these areas in Scotland as we are frequently asked for the names of solicitors. Please also tell the Law Society of Scotland as we refer many people to the records department for names of solicitors in their area.