Child Law Solicitor in Edinburgh

Child Law Experts

Although closely associated with family law, child law is sometimes considered as a ‘stand alone’ area.

The Children’s Hearing system is unique to Scotland and is triggered either by a Child Protection Order being granted or by a referral being made to the Children’s Reporter, usually by the Social Work Department. This can be for a number of reasons, from concerns of neglect to concerns regarding a child’s behaviour or school attendance. Unlike court, Children’s Hearings are not decided by a Sheriff or Judge, but by a panel made up of 3 lay persons.

With extensive experience in this field, we offer a sensitive approach in what can be difficult and challenging times for any family. We provide a child centred focus combined with robust representation. We also provide representation for children.

Frequently asked questions

Q. How soon after a Compulsory Supervision Order is made can it be reviewed?

A. A child, relevant person, or deemed relevant person can request a hearing to review a Compulsory Supervision Order after 3 months from the date on which the order was made. The Social Work Department can request a review at any time.

Q. What if the Social Work Department are recommending a Permanence Order or placing my child for adoption?

A. The above orders can only be granted by a court. The legal process is quite complex and time sensitive therefore we would advise that call us to get legal advice as soon as possible to give yourself the best chance of achieving your desired outcome.