Speaking up for Scotland's children

We speak out on issues that affect children and their families and strive to change policy and practice for the better.

We engage with politicians in the UK and Scottish parliaments on laws that affect children and young people, providing written and oral evidence.

We respond to consultations undertaken to develop policy and practice, and share briefings with MPs and MSPs on key issues debated in Parliament.

And we work with other organisations to maximise our impact and bring about change.

Our priorities

Our current policy priorities include:

Influencing Bills and Acts

We also influence Bills and Acts. A Bill is a draft form of law, and after scrutiny from outside organisations and the Scottish Parliament, it becomes an Act. Recently we have been involved in influencing three major Bills:

• The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill

• The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

• The Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014

Once an Act is passed by parliament we work to influence the Scottish Government on guidance and secondary legislation - this sets out how the Act will work in practice. We do this to strengthen the impact of the legislation and ensure the best possible outcomes for the children and families we work with.