Information for YOUNG people

This section provides information for young people who need help and support about contact with their brothers and sisters.

What are my rights?

1.What are my rights?

If you are brought into care, social work must look after you. An important part of looking after you is making sure your rights are respected. Wherever possible, social work should try to keep you and your brothers and sisters together. If that’s not possible, they should arrange for you to spend time together, so long as it’s safe and what you want.

2.The right to family life

Everyone has the right to family life. The law protects this right. Relationships between brothers and sisters are an important part of the right to family life.  

3.The right to be safe

When planning your care, social work must think about keeping you safe and think about your right to family life. Both are important for decisions about who you live with and spend time with.  

4. The right to be part of decision making

Any decisions about who you live with and who you get to spend time with should always be about what’s best for you. You have a right to be involved in those decisions. 

5.The right to be heard

Whenever anyone is making a decision about who you live with or spend time with, you have a right to tell them what you want to do. They must listen to you and take you seriously.  An advocate can help you say what you want. 

Read more about your right to be heard.  

At a Children’s Hearing or Court

If you have to go to a Children’s Hearing, then the panel members must also think about how to keep you safe, your right to family life and who you should live with.

Panel members should always try and keep you with your brothers and sisters, so long as it’s safe. If that’s not possible, they should help you spend time together.

 If a Children’s Hearing or court is going to be making a decision about your brother or sister, you can ask to be part of that decision. A lawyer can give you more information about this.

Find out about one young person’s experiences of sibling contact

Young people’s experiences

Read what the Young Radicals group at Who Cares? Scotland had to say


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Need more help and advice?


The information contained in this website should not be used as a substitute for the individual advice and assistance of a solicitor. If you have a legal problem or legal question you should contact a solicitor about it.


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