This week Harper Macleod's Family Law team welcomed Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive of Children 1st, Scotland's National Children's Charity, to talk about working in partnership to raise awareness about ACES (adverse childhood experiences) in the legal sector.
Adverse Childhood Experiences is an area which our Family team has focused on lately in our HM Insights - Adverse Childhood Experiences, resilience and protecting children involved in the court process following Children 1st screened documentary film 'Resilience: the biology of stress and the science of hope' to an audience of both professionals and lay people involved in working with and caring for families and children.
Amanda Masson and Nadine Martin both attended the screening and were able to spend time discussing their experience of how ACEs can impact adults and children involved in separation and divorce so it was great to welcome Mary to the office to discuss how Harper Macleod and Children 1st can work together to raise awareness of ACEs further.
Given the information which we have about the impact of stress upon mental well-being both in adults and children and the consequences of ACEs, it is positive that the Scottish Government is opening up a process of discussion about how people involved in decision-making processes for children, including their parents, ensure that an involvement with the court process does not become another adverse experience for children.
Nadine is currently examining the key themes and issues in the Scottish Government's consultation on part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, considering whether or not Child Law in Scotland needs changed.
Harper Macleod is a proud supporter of Children 1st and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the charity to ensure that lessons learned can be used in our day-to-day work for the benefit of our clients and their children and raise the overall awareness of ACEs within the legal sector. Watch this space in future for more news on ACEs and our work with Children 1st to raise awareness further.
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Harper Macleod Family Law team are proud to be working with Children 1st to raise awareness about Adverse Childhood Experiences.