Glossary of terms
The Children (Scotland) Act 1995
The Children (Scotland) Act 2020
Child welfare reporter
Formerly called "bar reporters". They are court appointed individuals who prepare reports on the best interests of the child.
Children (Scotland) Bill
The Children (Scotland) Act 2020 was called the Children (Scotland) Bill when it was being considered by the Scottish Parliament.
Continuing professional development
Curator ad litem
An officer of the court who is appointed to represent and protect the interests of an individual lacking full capacity, including a child.
Covers a wide range of areas including divorce and dissolution, parental responsibilities and rights, contact and residence, and permanence and adoption cases.
Getting It Right For Every Child
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
Publicly funded legal assistance allowing individuals to pursue or defend their rights, or pay for their defence, when they could not otherwise afford to do so. When someone applies for legal aid, their application is subject to statutory tests which cover the merits of the case and the means available to the applicant.
The most senior judge in Scotland and the head of the judiciary.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme
Safeguarders are individuals who may be appointed in Children’s Hearings or by sheriffs to safeguard the interests of the child in the proceedings.
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service. An independent body providing administrative support to Scottish courts and tribunals and to the judiciary.
A judge in the Sheriff Court. Sheriffs deal with the majority of civil (including family) and criminal cases in Scotland.
The Sheriffs Principal head each of Scotland's six Sheriffdoms. They have responsibility for ensuring the efficient disposal of sheriff court business.
The geographic areas into which Scotland is divided for the administration of sheriff court business.
Scottish Legal Aid Board. SLAB manages the legal aid system in Scotland.
Scottish Legal Complaints Commission. An independent body who are the first point of contact for all complaints about lawyers in Scotland.
Scottish Social Services Council. The regulator for the social service workforce in Scotland.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
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