The Department for Work and Pensions has issued a consultation to inform the government’s new child maintenance compliance and arrears strategy, which is due to be published in 2018.

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.