Review of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and creation of a family justice modernisation strategy

Closed 28 Sep 2018

Opened 15 May 2018

Published Responses

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The 1995 Act is centred on the needs of children and their families. It defines parental responsibilities and rights in relation to children. It sets out the duties and powers available to public authorities to support children and their families and to intervene when the child's welfare requires it.

This consultation seeks views on reforming part 1 of the 1995 Act which covers parental responsibilities and rights and on creating a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy. It also seeks your views on other matters related to family law, such as aspects of the Children’s Hearings System.

Why We Are Consulting

The Programme for Government 2017-2018 set out the Scottish Government's commitment to consult on reforms to the 1995 Act and also to create a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy.

Consultation is an essential part of the policy-making process. We will consider the views expressed in response to this consultation along with other available evidence to help inform the Scottish Government’s decisions.

Download the consultation paper.

What Happens Next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us.

After the consultation, the Scottish Government intends to publish a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy outlining existing work to improve how family cases are dealt with and further work planned.


  • People of Scotland


  • Children and Families
  • Law and Order