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Legal Advice

We provide free legal advice by telephone or email on all aspects of Scots law relating to children and young people. This is a national service, available to anyone in Scotland or where Scots law has jurisdiction. 

We can advise you on issues such as education, health, social work, separation, residence, contact, children's rights, youth offenders and access to files.

If you are under 21 and want to talk to someone about how the law affects you, call our freephone advice line on 0800 328 8970 (from landlines) or 0300 3301421 (from mobiles).

If you are a parent, relative or carer, a professional who works with or for children and have a question about any aspect of child law you can call us on 0131 667 6333.

Alternatively you can contact us by email - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our advice line is open Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4pm Please leave us a message outwith these times.

All calls are confidential.  To find out more, please see our confidentiality policy.

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 you for your first name, telephone number, local authority area and details of your question.  This information is stored securely and only accessed by those authorised to do.  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 that we hold about you.  You can find out more about how to do this by e-mailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The Scottish Child Law Centre seeks to ensure that the information published on its website is up to date and accurate. However, the information on the website does not constitute legal or professional advice and the Scottish Child Law Centre cannot accept any liability for actions arising from its use. The Scottish Child Law Centre cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.

Any personal data collected through this website will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.