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