The Scottish Government intends to review the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 to ensure the interests of children and their need to form and maintain relationships with key adults in their lives – parents, step-parents, grandparents and other family members – are at the heart of any new statutory measures.
John Finnie MSP has issued a consultation on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill to give children equal protection from assault by prohibiting the physical punishment of children by parents and others caring for or in charge of children.
The Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee has launched a short inquiry to take stock of issues in the Children's Hearings system.
- View the inquiry on the Scottish Parliament website
- The Law Society of Scotland's response (March 2017)
- Watch Morag Driscoll, Convener of our Family Law Committee, give evidence to the Scottish Parliament Education and Skills Committee on 22 March 2017
The Scottish Government is holding a consultation on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. In particular, the Government is seeking views on non-statutory guidance for Part 1 (section 2) of the Act and statutory guidance for Part 3 of the Act which covers arrangements for children's services planning – purpose, requirements, process, reporting and review.
The Family Law Committee has provided comments to the Scottish Government on suggestions that the law needs to be changed in relation to the way commission and diligence is exercised in family actions in the civil courts.
- The Law Society of Scotland's response (May 2016)
The Justice Committee is conducting post-legislative scrutiny of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 and is currently seeking views on where to focus its scrutiny via a targeted call for evidence.